As some of you know, I’m not a huge “Fuente Fan”, but I have always had a soft spot for their Rosado wrappers.  The 858 Rosado is probably one of my favorite cigars of all time (seriously).  So when I heard these were soming out at the end of last year I was very excited.

Being that the Hemingway line is more full bodied than the regular line, I was concerned that the Rosado flavors would be obscured in a bolder blend.  In some ways I was right.  This cigar did not taste like the 858 Rosados.  It did not have the creamy leather, wood and cinnamon notes I love about the 858, but it was still good – just in a different way.  It was much spicier and had some clove and pepper notes that built throughout the smoke.  There was some roughness around the edges with this cigar, but I really enjoyed it.

Rating: 89 (B+)


This was a really hard one this year.  I was torn between several new lines.  The EP Carillo was the triumphic return of Ernesto Perez-Carillo.  The Avo Heritage was a strikingly bold and flavorful offering from the typically more mild Avo Uvezian.  But the new cigar that really sold itself offered several different sizes which all tasted different and featured my favorite wrapper (Ecuadorian Habano)…


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Yeah it’s a bit late, but I’ve done a lot of pondering as to who is worthy of  a “Zennie”.  Remember a candidate for Cigar of the Year must have been newly created for 2010; for example, Arturo Fuente Hemingway would not be eligible.  The official list is located here.  So without further ado, here are the nominees in random order:

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Tatuaje Anarchy

Size: 6” x 54

Vitola: Perfecto

Wrapper: Ecuadorian Habano

Origin: Nicaragua

Age: a week

This is one heck of popular cigar… and it’s not even released yet. The Tatuaje Anarchy is a special Limited Edition cigar that is a collaboration between Pete Johnson, Pepin Garcia and the Abe “Ming” Dababneh at Smoke Inns in the Palm Beach area. It features an all new blend and is one of the most interesting looking cigars I have seen in a long time.

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Vitola: Robusto

Wrapper: ??

Origin: ??

Age: Dusty

This super limited cigar is the second installment of the Viaje Skull and Bones Series.  The first release, the daisy Cutter, was a little 4 x 54 petite robusto.  This new release, which now will be released every Halloween does not have a name.  It is very limited, just 150 boxes of 25 cigars each were made.  I was lucky enough to get my hand on a few from my local, Empire Cigars.

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Size: 6.5” x 52

Vitola: Toro

Wrapper: Nicaraguan Habano Criollo

Origin: Nicaragua

Age: Fresh

This is a cigar I’ve been eagerly awaiting since I heard it will feature some of Pepin’s Pelo de Oro leaf.  What’s Pelo de Oro?  Meaning “golden hair”, PdO is the grandfather to the modern day Corojo wrapper.  According to Tobacconist University:

it is usually a reference to a potent Cuban cigar varietal which was popular in the early and middle 20th Century. This tobacco could be used for wrapper and filler as well, but is disease prone and can infest entire crops and regions so it is rarely grown today. Pelo de Oro can be considered a ‘campesino’ or ‘guajiro’ tobacco since many agricultural workers grow and smoke it to this day – especially in the central part of Cuba.  It is known for being quite strong and flavorful as well as sweet.

My Father LE 2010

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Follow Zen on Twitter!

In a move I promised would never happen, I have opened a Twitter account – @zencigar.

But this is an account for you, my loyal Zen fan(s).  I will post a mini-review of every cigar I smoke (hopefully).  This could just add a little more Zen to your day!

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