Fuente Anejo 2012 No.46

Arturo Fuente Anejo 2012

Wrapper: Connecticut Broadleaf

Binder: Dominican

Filler: Dominican

Size: No. 46-5 5/8 x 46

Price: $12

If you are a cigar lover and do not know about the Fuente Anejo, you are probably living under a rock somewhere.  Every year around Thanksgiving Fuente releases a very limited amount of special cigars, the Anejo.  As the story goes, back in 1998 the Fuente factory suffered from damaging hurricane winds and rain, losing all of the wrapper leaf for the Opus X.  Instead of not making the Opus X that year they decided to use another wrapper.  Well, people liked it so much that Fuente started making it, and the Anejo was born.  The first release of the Anejo was in 2001 if I remember right, and has been going strong ever since.

The Anejo is available in six sizes, the 46, 48, 49, 50, 55, and the 77 Shark.  The size that I chose for this review was the No. 46, the corona gorda.

This cigar is very impressive in the looks department.  The cigar sports a bright red and gold band that reads “Fuente “ and “Anejo”.  Following down the cigar, you are met by a cedar wrapping, which is completed at the bottom by a red fabric foot band.  The cigar itself is dark and beautiful.

Flavor, what can I say, it’s an Anejo.  This cigar is possibly one of my favorite releases every year due to the amazing flavors that can be found in it.  The flavors are wood, chocolate, and spice.  This cigar also featured a great creaminess to it.

Construction and burn of this cigar were perfect.  The Anejo is scrutinized under some very tight quality control measures.  In all the years I have been smoking them, I do not believe I have ever had a bad one.   These cigars also smoke very slow, this corona gorda lasted me about an hour and forty five minutes.

Buy it again?  Yes, buy it in as many sizes as you can.  Find them and buy them.  If you do not like them, you can always send them to me!

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  1. For the most part, I smoke primarily the smaller sized cigars. Overall, I have not suffered any construction issues. I’m like Pat on the shark, I pick up a few, “just to have.”

  2. Pat

    I’ll agree in part with you Dave, I’ve never understood everyone’s drive for the Shark (77) size. I buy a few in that size every year just to sit back, but I really enjoy the 55, the 46 and even the 60. But I did have a few #60’s this year that seemed like they were rolled extremely tight. and if that particular cigar would have been my introduction to the line it would have kept me from going back. But I will take an Anejo over an Opus X any day of the week.

  3. I find your opening statement very insulting to those who live under rocks. 🙂

    Seriously, though, love the Anejo and especially love this size. I’ve had “The Shark” and I’ll never pay money for another one; while good, they don’t have nearly the flavor of the smaller ring gauge versions. To top that off, the smaller ring gauge sticks are less expensive and usually easier to find as the less discriminating snap up the bigger sticks. (Guess that was insult to those who have underdeveloped palates, eh?)

    One issue that has come up several times for me, though, is construction. Not just on the Anejos but on a lot of Fuente products. In the last 3 or 4 years it seems like every 2nd or 3rd premium Fuente product I’ve had (Opus, Anejo, Don Carlos) has had a tighter than acceptable draw. Sometimes it borders on unsmokeable (the $16 Don Carlos Lancero), sometimes it just causes me to draw harder, creating that tarry, sappy buildup on the cut head (several Anejos and Opuses…Opi?). The end result…I’ve bought fewer Fuente products. I hope they can get the QC issue straightened out.