Named after the celebrated author and blended by Carlito Fuente, Arturo Fuente’s Hemingway cigar is a Perfecto that I looked forward to trying.
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- Brand: Arturo Fuente
- Range: Hemingway
- Reviewed Vitola: 4 x 49 Short Story
- Filler: Dominican Republic
- Binder:Dominican Republic
- Wrapper: Cameroon
- Handmade? Yes
- Body: Mild – Medium
- Estimated Smoking Time: 45 Minutes
- Pricing: $6
The Hemingway’s story begins when Carlos Fuente Sr. discovered a collection of old Perfecto moulds in a warehouse in Florida. With the vitola having largely fallen out of favour, Carlos returned it back to his Dominican factory and taught his master roller the complex technique.
In 1983, Carlito Fuente blended the Hemingway as a homage to the legendary American author.
Buy A. Fuente Hemingway
Arturo Fuente Look & Feel
- Wrapper Hue: Mild Coffee Bean
- Rolling Consistency: Even
- Spring: Firm Spring
- Aromas: Straw, Labdanum
With its Cameroon wrapper, the Hemingway has an interesting appearance. The somewhat rough and veined leaf juxtapositions nicely against the elegant vitola.
Charles-Philippe and I are quite fond of Perfecto cigars as they’re something of a curiosity. It’s impressive that a figurado shape combined with a perfecto foot can be rolled by hand even with the use of moulds.
Despite its rugged appearance, the Hemingway consists of an evenly rolled construction with a slightly firm spring when pinched. In terms of aromas, it’s mostly straw with a sweet tobacco note reminiscent of musky labdanum.
Arturo Fuente Hemingway Review
Like all of our reviews, we base our evaluations on several cigars rather than a standalone experience. In this case, Holt’s supplied me with a sample of five cigars, which I smoked for the the purposes of this review.
- Draw: Some Resistance
- Aromas: Maple Syrup, Vanilla
After a quick cut, I noticed there was just a little resistance due to the closed foot. However, this wasn’t particularly disconcerting. In terms of aromas, it was remarkably sweet with a slight maple syrup note and vanilla finish.
1st Third Smoking Experience
- Notes: Yeast, Caramel, Cedar
While remaining sweet overall, the Fuente Hemingway consists mostly of a caramel note akin to Golden Syrup. Meanwhile, there is a little brown bread-like yeast and the maple note in the pre-light is more reminiscent of cedar.
2nd Third Smoking Experience
- Notes: Caramel, Toast, Cedar
Although the second third wasn’t far removed from the first, the notes did show something of an evolution. The caramel persisted but became faint in presence. Nevertheless, the yeast had a chargrilled essence as if it had been toasted.
Finally, the cedar note had become much more intense without preventing the cigar from being mild overall.
Final Third Smoking Experience
- Notes: Charred Oak, Toast, Pepper
Once well into the final third, the same notes resonated from the smoke yet had matured in their own way. The toast was indeed much the same. However, the sweetness had more-or-less faded in favour of a slight peppery mouthfeel.
As for the cedar note, it had become charred and lost its fragrance in favour of a bolder, oak aroma.
- Ash Backbone: Resilient
- Burn Angle: Varied [See Below]
- Temperature: Cool – Warm [See Below]
- Draw: Mild Resistance
- Final Smoking Time: 45 Minutes
With its unusual shape, it was interesting to see how the burn fluctuated throughout the smoke. At first, I experienced some burn issues with the perfecto tapper foot. There was a runnner down the side and the odd mousehole burn.
At first, this was quite disconcerting. However, this soon corrected itself as the cigar arrived at its thicker section in the first third.
Similarly, the draw that was initially tight opened up nicely once I had passed the tapper foot. In terms of temperature, it went from an initially cool smoke to something quite warm towards the end.
Being the smaller, Short Story vitola, the overall smoking time was around 45 minutes.
Ideal Pairings With An Arturo Fuente Hemingway
As an overall mild cigar, the Hemingway is not something to pair with bold flavours. After all, you want to try and enjoy the aromas of both the cigar and the accompaniment for a harmonious accord.
Personally, I quite enjoyed pairing the sweet flavour profile with a craft cider. However, another option would be a mild espresso coffee or even possibly a latte.
In terms of wine and spirits, you could happily pair the Hemingway with an aged yet mild Dominican rum. Alternatively, a bourbon or aromatic Highland Scotch would bring out the caramel and woodsy notes in both.
Although we usually try to order a full box to provide a comprehensive overview of the cigar, the Hemingways were supplied by Holt’s. As such, they were delivered in the brand’s recognisable zip-lock bag.
Meanwhile, the cigar’s band is an attractive and ornate design that’s well-known by cigar enthusiasts. On the Short Story, it appeared quite large and bold with its rows of golden medallions.
Finally, the value for money of the Hemingway varies on the vitola. While the larger formats can cost as much as $14, I found that the stout Short Story was an attractive acquisition at only $6.
When Should You Smoke A Hemingway?
Being a renowned and prestigious brand, Arturo Fuente cigars are quite versatile and can be smoked for most occasions. Whether you’re at a prestigious cigar lounge, a wedding or even chilling with some friends, the Hemingway is rarely out of place.
Alternatively, you could always enjoy it while reading a good book. After all, Ernest Hemingway himself was known to say that “there is no friend as loyal as a book.”
While an overall enjoyable smoke, the Hemingway isn’t overly complex and the aromatic experience could be described as somewhat linear. Nevertheless, its consistent notes were indeed flavoursome and very pleasant indeed.
Furthermore, I did experience a few minor burn issues with the Hemingway. However, as I was only able to sample five of their cigars, it may have been an isolated incident.
If you’re looking to enjoy a unique cigar vitola, Arturo Fuente’s Hemingway is certainly a good choice. Similarly, it’s from a renowned and celebrated brand so it’s worth at least trying out just for the experience.
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"A flavoursome yet mild experience. Although there were some burn issues and it was a little linear, the cigar was indeed full of pleasant flavours and a generally good smoke."Rating: 4.0 ★★★★