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Wednesday, 26 February 2014

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It’s hump day, and to help you get over the hump and closer to the relaxing weekend, we have a couple of cigar reviews for you today that will take a closer look at the Fonseca 120th Anniversary and the La Gloria Cubana Serie R Esteli.

Fonseca 120th Anniversary Gordo

The Fonseca 120th Anniversary was released in 2011 to commemorate the brand’s 120 years in the industry.  In keeping with the whole “120” theme, 120,000 cigars were produced for the line in three different sizes.  This limited edition cigar is said to be rather smooth while still possessing intense flavor.  That sounds like an interesting mix to me, so I’m ready to light up one of the line’s Gordo selections to see if this cigar is worthy of being an anniversary release.

The Fonseca 120th Anniversary Gordo measures 4.8 x 60 and is the fattest offering in the line.  The other two sizes are the 5.8 x 52 Robusto and the 6.3 x 46 Corona.  The cigar begins with a filler of Dominican and Nicaraguan Cuban Seed tobaccos.  The binder is Dominican Cuban Seed as well, and the wrapper is of the Habano Vuelto Ariba variety that comes from the Dominican Republic’s Navarrete region.  Strength for this stogie is listed as being in the medium-bodied category.

The most noticeable aspect of the Fonseca 120th Anniversary Gordo is its thick body.  I happen to like cigars with big ring gauges, so this is obviously a plus in my book.  The pigtail cap is quite noticeable as well.  The construction of the cigar seems to be executed to perfection. There are a few prominent veins that are visible on the chocolate brown wrapper, but that is it. The cigar is firm to the touch with zero soft spots. The decorative band features the Fonseca name and logo as well as “Rarissimus” in small print. The black, gold, grey, and red colors of the band mesh together nicely.  Before putting it into action, the cigar has a spicy cold taste and a bit of a sweet aroma.

Once in action, the Fonseca 120th Anniversary has a good burn.  The ash is dark gray and long.  The draw is good, and there’s more than enough thick smoke that is produced by this thick stick.  The burn does act a bit wavy at times, and a few touch-ups are required along the way.  No re-lights are necessary.  Smoking time is around 90 minutes total, so make sure you have some spare time on your hands if you plan on giving this one a try.






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