Cigar Name: Arturo Fuente Hemingway Work of Art Natural (4 7/8 x 56)
Cigar Description: Cameroon wrapper around Dominican filler
Cigar Strength: Medium
Review of the Cigar itself: Back in October, I got to enjoy a Short Story. When I wrote about it someone had suggested that I find out about the Work of Art, either in Natural or Maduro. This became a bit of my white whale search to find some WOAN, even a single one. The other day I lucked out on Famous having them and decided to fork over for a box of them along with a box of Opus X Journey to Chateau De La Fuente Brown Box (it was a $99 special). Like a kid I opened both to see the delicacies inside. I set the Opus X aside for later and eagerly had a WOAN right away. It was heaven. I figured I should enjoy it again and write about what I enjoyed and found. Even now it’s hard to stop from enjoying to write. I poured a glass of Glen Breton Ice over the rocks to enjoy with this.
This has the smoothest flavour I’ve ever had, consistent all the way through. I had no cigar magazine to amuse me this time but enjoyed the antics of the Simpsons while perusing Book in a Month by Victoria Schmidt. I may not be Hemingway but I do enjoy writing about life and the fancy of the mind. The
cigar is well constructed and solid. I did find the head to be a bit tight but cutting it a little farther down (from an 1/8 to a 1/4 of an inch) resolved the tight binding of the filler. This made the draw far easier and made the cigar feel as if it was as light as a feather. The ash quickly became an inch and a quarter long after 30 min. It was amazing how quickly the time passed as I savoured this.
I switched to Law and Order: Criminal Intent (season finale!) as I got midway through the cigar. I’ve always liked the series because of the story they tell. It’s often an interesting puzzle that shows all the things, good and bad, about people. And really, when you think about it a cigar is nothing more than a story on it’s own. It tells about how it’s made, the care that goes into the making of it. As the ash got longer and it felt light. I tapped it off before it
accidentally dropped down. This cigar burns evenly and consistently. I looked at it and pondered what it would be like to be an author in the time of Hemingway. You could savour life and write about what you saw or experienced. Granted it wasn’t always perfect for him and I don’t doubt without pain but still, the world was still a mystery and open for exploration yet to be.
Perhaps today it isn’t as much as the locations as it is who is there to enjoy it with you. While I only got to enjoy it this evening with Bobcat, my manx cat, I will be sharing a good portion of the box with others including my mini-contest winner (to be announced Tuesday morning — I moofed on the date and allowed for entries to continue until Monday at midnight). As for the cigar, I ended up using a toothpick to hold the sliver of a nub to get ever last bit of flavour out of it. Well worth it.
Enjoyed with: Glen Breton Ice on ice
Smoke time: approximately 80 minutes
Final Review Rating: 10/10
Tidbit: Ernest Hemingway quote: “I know only that what is moral is what you feel good after and what is immoral is what you feel bad after.”
Tidbit #2: Linus quote: “I never feel bad after a cigar therefore it must be moral.”
Watching: The Simpsons and Law & Order: Criminal Intent