Written by Puff Staff

Wednesday, 20 June 2012

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Moving into the flavor department, this is one stick that offers up some nice variety, despite its mostly mild profile. Cedar kicks things off. Some mild spice eventually comes in to complete the first third. The second third offers more mild spice and introduces wood into the equation along with some coffee. The final third offers even more coffee plus roasted nuts and cedar. I would call the strength medium-bodied overall.

Although the Arturo Fuente Solaris is not the most memorable cigar I’ve ever had, it does have its moments that make it a cigar worth trying. Good construction, nice presentation, a solid burn, and a nice mix of flavors are all points in its favor. This is a cigar that would be a good choice for beginners or any Fuente fans seeking something new to try that is mild in nature. A single goes for around $9. That's a tad high, but you are getting a limited production cigar in return. There are only 550 boxes of 10 slated for distribution of the Solaris from Smoke Inn. It also comes in packs of five. Either way, be sure to act fast if you want to get your hands on one.

The Arturo Fuente Solaris earns a rating of 3.5 out of four stars.

E.P. Carrillo New Wave Connecticut Short Run 2012 Invictos


Ernesto Perez-Carrillo has definitely had some success with releases under his brand, and his Short Run series is a good example of such fortune. He originally launched the Short Run in 2010, creating the line as a way to release limited edition cigars on a yearly basis that come from tobaccos that are in short supply. Sounds like a great way to build demand, but is the Short Run all hype, or does it really have some substance behind it? To find out, I am about to sample the New Wave Connecticut Short Run 2012.

The E.P. Carrillo New Wave Connecticut Short Run 2012 Invictos measures 5 7/8 x 52. There are two other sizes in the line: the 4 7/8 x 50 Exquisitos and the 6 ¼ x 60 Reinados. The cigar’s filler is a blend of tobaccos from the Dominican Republic and Nicaragua. The binder is Connecticut Broadleaf, while the wrapper is Ecuadorian Connecticut. You can see from the composition how the New Wave Connecticut moniker fits this cigar well. As far as strength is concerned, the Short Run 2012 is listed as being medium to full-bodied.

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