Tuesday, April 30, 2013

A Fuente Gran Reserva

We were up at the Snoqualmie Casino on Saturday night - crappy weather is the perfect excuse to head up the mountain, plus we haven't been up there in a while. We stopped at McCormick and Schmick's Seafood restaurant at Lincoln Square first though for dinner - great Happy Hour! 

Anyway, back to the casino - you know, out of all the different ways you can lose money here, my favorite way is Craps. I haven't learned all the nuances of the game yet, but I know enough to win more often than I lose. Tonight was another winning night - doubled my money! (Some guy kept rolling 6's! Couldn't believe it...)

OK, off to the Lit Lounge. 

A few of my fellow Kirkland Aficionados were already there and offered for us to join them. Surprising that we found two available chairs to drag over to the table - usually you can't find any on a Friday or Saturday night. Anyway, I ordered a bourbon (Knob creek), and grabbed a J Fuego 2012 out of the humidor. This is the same cigar that I smoked last weekend and I can't say enough good things about it - Fantastic cigar! 

So while we were sitting there with the gang enjoying a fine cigar, my friend Josh (El Jefe) stopped by to chat with us. He handed me a cigar and told me to try it and tell him what I thought? He said that it was a limited run cigar, at least I think he said that? Sheesh, I'm getting old... 

This leads me to today's review: 

A Fuente Gran Reserva

I smoked the cigar on Sunday night after a big dinner.

When Josh gave me this cigar, I asked him how he would rate it on a scale of 1 to 10? He said he didn't want to influence my opinion, he just said to "try it and tell me what you think..."

So what did I think? 
Typical Fuentes taste. I'd have to give it my standard: "Meh, not bad."

Honestly, it does have a nice label and the red ribbon at the foot is a nice touch, but the wrapper, in my opinion, doesn't look appealing - this one appears to be dry and delicate, like it might unravel.

The draw was acceptable, maybe a hair on the tight side - I would have liked a bigger plume of smoke. Burn was uneven - that might have been because my lovely wifey-poo and I were both smoking it; smoked it a little faster than normal.

On the plus side, it's a pretty smooth medium bodied cigar. My better-half seemed to like it more than I did, which is kind of unusual since she generally smokes sweeter cigars, like Java's.

I think if you're a big Fuentes fan, this cigar is probably right up your alley. Personally, I'd take an Oliva or Toraño, but then again, that's just my preference.

Would I buy one again? Well, this was given to me, but I'd have to say "no, sorry".

Josh, I bet you already knew what my opinion was going to be, didn't you? You're a good guy - thanks for the cigar my friend!



Josh said...

Thanks for the review. It's always good to hear what people think about different cigars. Here's a halfwheel review to compare, now that you can't be biased :)

Hef said...

Thanks for the link Josh, and thanks for the cigar! I'll be more than happy to evaluate any cigars that you need me to...