This week’s Wednesday review is of the Indian Tabac Super Fuerte mini belicoso (5.5×52) with a maduro wrapper. Walt reviewed it last year and I’m taking my shot at it now. It had an attractive appearance with a dark and silky wrapper and a nice semi box-press. There was little give when squeezed, while still not being hard, with no soft spots to speak of and a very easy pre-light draw. This cigar was received in a sampler and had been in my humidor for several months. I’m not sure how old it was when it arrived but the cellophane was already starting to pick up a nice yellow tint.
The foot toasted quickly and began producing rich, dark flavors typical of a maduro, but not quite as full bodied as the Rocky Patel marketing had led me to believe this would be. It started on the mild side of medium bodied where I was expecting a rather full body based on the "Super Fuerte" labeling. The burn was not even but corrected itself with regular rotation and stayed close enough to need only the occasional touch-up.
The burn left behind a mottled, dark gray ash that was not too flaky and held firm for just over an inch and a half. Every draw produced lots of cool white smoke. The standing aroma was pleasant but not too strong and the body built a little at the half-way mark to a strong medium.
The burn didn’t get any worse, but it never kept a nice even line for more than a few minutes. It seemed to burn the best when being smoked at a fairly constant rate a little faster than once a minute. It managed not to heat up even when smoked faster than I normally prefer. The flavors were not very complex and no real change to speak of during the length of the smoke but were very pleasing to my palate all the way through. I never had a problem with it producing any harsh or bitter flavors which I have found in the higher priced Rocky Patel Vintage 1990 and 1992 lines.
Based on the appearance of the cellophane, I imagine that this cigar had been sitting for a while before making its way to me. The couple of extra months in my humidor certainly didn’t do any harm either. I’ve probably pulled this cigar out and replaced it back into my humidor a dozen times and now I wish I had smoked it earlier. Even if it required significant aging to get them to this point I think it would be worth it compared to the prices charged for the 1990 and 1992 lines.