It’s one thing to be at the top of your game and able to compete with anyone, but when a cigar company like Arturo Fuente can produce an instant classic like the Rosado Sungrown Magnum R Vitola 44 seemingly without even trying, you know they’re so far in the zone it’s almost supernatural. How else to explain a 94-rating and the sudden appearance of this fine smoke in Top-25 of the Year lists so soon after release and at one the best price points ever for an AF stick? Truthfully, all credit should be given to the special blend of Dominican filler and binder tobaccos that combine with the dark, 10-year-aged Ecuadorian wrapper to create an unstoppable wave of flavor.
You could be forgiven for thinking that an Arturo Fuente vitola at such a bargain price might be a lesser cigar for it, but that is certainly not the case when you’re about to enjoy an Arturo Fuente Rosado Sungrown Magnum R Vitola 44. From the beautifully styled band to the ruddy and oily slick wrapper to the hefty weight of the solidly packed filler, each of these sturdy 4 7/8” X 47 stogies embodies quality and attention to detail. Applying a steady flame to the broad foot first releases a hearty supply of leather, cinnamon, cream, and marzipan. A sweetness like maple syrup enters during the second third, accompanied by layers of cedar and nutmeg. The profile turns earthy and peppery near the finale, still medium in strength, but turning even richer, deeper, and more complex.
This is one cigar you cannot do without in any respectable, well-stocked humidor. Affordable enough to enjoy frequently but able to fulfill all the requirements for a special occasion smoke, an Arturo Fuente Rosado Sungrown Magnum R Vitola 44 will only grow better with age so make sure you have enough. As if there are ever enough.