It’s Stog o’Clock! This go-around, I smoke an old classic. The Arturo Fuente Añejo No. 46 is a 5.6×46 Corona with Dominican fillers and binder cloaked in a very dark Connecticut Broadleaf Maduro wrapper. The wrapper gives off a faint sweetness, and there is a chocolate and tobacco aroma.
The pre-light draw is snug with flavors of musty chocolate. Once torched up, the Añejo gives me very smooth smoke. There is a dark chocolate with sweet cocoa on the draw. The retro-hale is silky smooth, and the finish gives me a note of espresso.
After just about forty-five minutes, the first third comes to a close. On the draw, I pick up a smooth dark chocolate with a bold espresso and some fruity tobacco. The retro-hale produces notes of black licorice, cocoa, and leather. On the finish, I get a tasty espresso with mild spice and a very sweet raisin flavor. The body and strength are steady at the medium mark.
One hour and fifteen minutes in, I finish the second third. Bitter espresso hits my palate on the draw alongside a sweet leather and more fruity tobacco. Through the nose, cedar makes an appearance with a creamy toast and some cocoa. The finish is long with a raisin and berry mix paired up with dark chocolate and some char. Strength and body have jumped up slightly to the high end of the medium mark.
The final third finishes at one hour and forty-five minutes. The draw gives me a very grassy cocoa with a bold espresso and some earthy leather. On the retro-hale, there is more cedar, but the toast is now very earthy alongside some smokiness. The finish continues to be long and introduces me to a dark berry note with a blast of black pepper spice and some sweet coffee. Strength and body have now jumped up to the medium-to-full mark.
Overall, this cigar was phenomenal. The construction was top notch, and this thing burned very slow and cool. All of the flavors blended together perfectly creating a balanced complexity worthy of the high price tag. I highly recommend this cigar and have nothing bad to say about it. The Fuente family knows how to make a great cigar, and this is a testament to their blending skills.
Smoke, and smoke some more.