This lovely perfecto is the Arturo Fuente Hemingway Work of Art maduro (WOAM) which, according to vitolas.net, is 4-7/8″ x 46/60. The Hemingway maduros, along with the AÃ±ejos, are released around the holidays, and occasionally again around Father’s Day. I don’t generally love a Cameroon wrapper so I don’t keep many Hemingways or Don Carlos, but I am a maduro fan so I grabbed a few of these this year when the opportunity presented itself and at the risk of ruining the review, I’m glad I did.
Pre-light, this cigar had a wonderful aroma, a little sweeter smelling than most maduro Fuentes. The cap cut cleanly and the draw was firm, but I generally expect this with a perfecto since the opening at the foot is much smaller. The foot lit quickly and the first few puffs had a rich, dark, maduro flavor and left a little sweetness on the lips. The burn was slow and even across the large foot and reached the widest part of the cigar at the same time on all sides, I’m always amazed how that happens on a well-rolled perfecto.
The draw opened up some as it burned past the tip, but not quite as much as I was hoping for. I am probably biased because I prefer maduro wrappers, but I think this Connecticut Broadleaf wrapper compliments the rich Hemingway filler and binder perfectly. The first third started sweet with an occasional mildly spicy draw. The body was medium with a long finish.
The tight draw kept it burning cool and still provided ample smoke and didn’t burn perfectly straight but never required a touch-up. The ash was solid as a rock and a medium gray, mottled with black spots from the wrapper playing catch up. Flavors from this enjoyable cigar alternated between smooth, maduro flavors and spicier, sharper notes.
I don’t generally nub a cigar but I smoked this one down below the one inch mark. Really, I enjoyed this until it just became too difficult for me to smoke. They aren’t easily available to everyone, and they’re not cheap for those that are lucky enough to have a B&M that gets them, but I definitely recommend giving one a try. If you buy some and don’t like them you will have no problem getting rid of them.