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Wednesday, 24 March 2010

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habanospurospic1 It's review time again and I am back with more.  Up today are the Habanos Puros Fuerte No. 4 and the Indian Tabac Split Decision Quad Toro.  Enough of the small talk, let's get to the reviews!

Habanos Puros Fuerte No. 4

Habanos Puros is a boutique cigar brand that began in 2001 as a mail-order brand and has offered cigars on a much smaller scale than other larger brands, allowing it to fly under the radar. Some of the brand's production is handled by Superior Cigars USA. Once produced, cigars from the Fuerte line are aged six months in the factory in Esteli, Nicaragua prior to being packaged in boxes. Once in their boxes, they are aged an extra six months prior to being released for consumption. Despite its low profile as a boutique release, the Puros Fuerte line has received high ratings from critics.

The Habanos Puros Fuerte No. 4 measures 4.5x42. The Fuerte line also comes in several other sizes as well: the 5x50 Robusto, the 5.5x54 Siglo, the 6x56 Piramides, the 6x58 Magnum 58, the 6x60 Magnum 60, the 6.5x48 Churchill, and the 6.5x52 No. 2. As you can see, the No. 4 is the smallest offering in the Fuerte line. It has a bold filler blend composed of Costa Rican Ligero tobacco that is mixed with three other Nicaraguan tobaccos. The binder is Nicaraguan too, and the cigar is topped with a dark Nicaraguan Sun Grown wrapper. While the majority of the tobacco used to make the No. 4 is grown in Jalapa, Nicaragua, most of it is actually Cuban seed tobacco, more specifically known as Tabaco de Semilla Negra Cubana. The Fuerte No. 4 handmade and is considered to be full-bodied.

The first thing noticeable upon inspection of the Fuerte No. 4 is its dark wrapper. It gives the cigar a very bold look and makes the oily sheen very visible under light. Some veins run throughout the body and it is firm to the touch and well-packed. Near the head of the cigar is a nice band that shows the Habanos brand name and the cigar's Fuerte title. The band really stands out on the cigars dark wrapper with its gold, black, and bright yellow colors. Prior to lighting, the No. 4 has a spicy flavor and a tobacco scent.

Once lit, the Fuerte No. 4 burns evenly. The draw is good and solid ash contrasts nicely with the dark wrapper. The only problem comes in the form of a couple of necessary re-lights.






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