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2004 Fuente Anejo "Reserva 50" 5.25 X 50 

Wrapper: Connecticut Broadleaf Maduro aged in Cognac barrels 
Binder: Dominican 
Filler: Dominican 

Special Notes: Anejos are a unique smoke and certainly one of the world's finest. Born from an anticipated shortage of Opus wrapper after a hurricane, the Anejo has an Opus core with a specially aged Connecticut Broadleaf maduro wrapper. After fermentation, the wrapper receives additional aging in cognc barrels providing the distinctive flavor. There IS nothing else like them. I usually smoke the 55 (torp) or 77 "Shark" (box press torp), but you shouldn't pass up the robbie for its larger brethern. The smaller size increases the influence of the cognac-flavored wrapper without completely overwhelming the Opus core. The effect is quite stunning. 

Storage: 63 – 65 RH at 63 – 68 F. 

Construction: Oily walnut brown wrapper with one small vein. Solidly rolled with no hard or soft spots. Clipped clean. 

Prelight: Aroma of heavy cedar, fruit, and dark tobacco. Taste is sweet wood, fruit and dark tobacco with floral notes. Medium-firm draw, perfect. 

Burn: Lit evenly, slightly meandering burn. Off-white ash tinged with charcoal grey. 

Drink: Germain-Robin Old Havana California cognac. 

Smoking Notes: The pre-light aroma was sweet woody tobacco. The draw was firm but smooth with tobacco and heavy cognac floral notes. The tip had a heavy molasses sweetness. After toasting the cigar lit quickly and evenly. The first puffs are a blast of rich, sweet, fruity cognac and floral notes and toasty tobacco and sweet spices on the finish. In short order the cigar is pumping out thick gouts of white, creamy, oily smoke that coated the palate. By the ¼ point, the smoke turns very toasty and woody with nice overtones of vanilla, anise and others sweet spices with some sharp black pepper notes on the finish. A nice puff and sip of Old Havana produces an explosion of flavors – heavy cream, vanilla, sweet ripe fruit, oaky tones, orange zest and rich tobacco. At 1/3, the cigar turns back to the heavy cognac floral notes. The hot pepper spiciness and power of the Opus core are also making themselves known. By half way, I was treated to a core of rich tobacco, aromatic cedar and sweet cognac floral notes with heavy Opus spice on the finish. Shortly after this I start alternating a sip of brandy and a few puffs. The G-R nicely complimented the Anejo and produced an absolutely delightful experience. Ah, death by cognac!!!! The cognac-floral flavors and black pepper spiciness continued to build to the end. I nubbed this until my fingers burnt and wished for some "roach clips". Never tarry or bitter, a superb smoke to the end. 

Overall Impression: Nothing short of "Oh My God". Anejos are in a class by themselves. Buy a few and let 'em sit for 6 months to a year to "round out". Fuente really knew what they were doing with this one. My rating is: Off The Charts. 2004 Fuente Anejo Reserva 50




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