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Stogie Reviews: Arturo Fuente Privada No. 1

7 Jul 2006

As you know, Washington, DC has been utterly pelted by massive downpours and torrential thunderstorms over the past week or so. Unfortunately, it’s enough to drive a guy – and his floating car – crazy (but that’s a story for another time). On the plus side, this severe and unusual weather has provided many terrific opportunities to light up some fantastic cigars on my porch as I watch the lightning illuminate the night sky.

Cigars like the Arturo Fuente Privada No. 1. This six and ¾ inch by 44 ring gauge stogie has a smooth, cream-colored Connecticut Shade wrapper. And with that classic maroon and gold Arturo band and a little green ribbon around the foot, this is one of the better looking cigars I have ever had the pleasure to light up.

Once lit, I immediately found the stogie to have a gentle, smooth taste. Thankfully, though, it wasn’t too mild (like the Macanudo Natural Rothschild). At the beginning, the flavors ranged from spicy ginger to sweet molasses, all evened out by a mildness that was as pleasing as it was aromatic.

As the nice, even burn moved closer to my fingers and the long, white ash piled up at the foot, the cigar became a little spicier, transforming from ginger and molasses aromas to a delightful clove. But while this stogie was no doubt complex and flavorful, it maintained a pleasantly smooth character until the very end.

Overall, this smoke was a real pleasure, and – at only $4.50 to $5 apiece – not one I will wait too long before indulging in again. I give the Arturo Fuente Privada No. 1 a praiseworthy four and ½ out of five stogies.

Note: Special thanks to Melissa for (1) providing me with this fine cigar and (2) helping me taste and critique it.

-Patrick A


5 Responses to “Stogie Reviews: Arturo Fuente Privada No. 1”

  1. Anonymous Saturday, July 8, 2006 at 7:15 pm #

    Not only has it been proven unprofitable for private establishments to allow smoking because of the negative impact it has on non-smokers, but it is also illegal for RFK Stadium to have a cigar smoking facility in the stadium. In my expert legal opinion (UVA Law School '04) RFK would not be exempt from the Washington, DC smoking ban. Because it would be run by Aramark, the stadium's operator, and it would be run inside the stadium it would be counted as part of the profit of the stadium. This means it would not meet the required income from tobacco products to be exempt under DC's smoking ban. Sorry to rain on your parade.

  2. Sam Sunday, July 9, 2006 at 1:50 am #

    The above comment is the biggest bunch of BS I ever read.

    UVA Law School must really suck if you actually even attended!

  3. markh Sunday, February 11, 2007 at 10:15 am #

    how is this cigar's pull?

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