Team Cigar Review: Arturo Fuente Rare Pink Vintage 1960’s Short Story

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Cigar Details: Arturo Fuente Rare Pink Vintage 1960’s Short Story

  • Vitola: Perfecto
  • Length: 4″
  • Ring Gauge: 42/49
  • Country of Origin: Dominican Republic
  • Wrapper: Ecuador
  • Binder: Nicaragua
  • Filler: Nicaragua
  • Factory: Tabacalera A. Fuente
  • Blender: Undisclosed
  • Price: $7.40
  • Release Date: December 2020
  • Source: Developing Palates

Aaron-Loomis

 Aaron Loomis

Seth Geise

 Seth Geise

 John McTavish

Jiunn-Liu

 Jiunn Liu

Pre-light Experience

Aaron: The wrapper on the Arturo Fuente Rare Pink Vintage 1960’s Short Story is medium brown and has a couple of raised veins that carry a lighter color around them. The seams are pretty smooth and the cap and foot are finished with some lifting and wrinkles showing. There are two bands, with the primary being yellow, gold and pink with some brown and white. It denotes the company and line. The secondary band has a similar color combination and denotes the line. The aroma from the wrapper is just light cedar and the foot opening is too small to detect anything from the filler. The pre-light draw brings sweet and musty cedar.
Seth: The Arturo Fuente Rare Pink Vintage 1960’s Short Story is an attractive petit figurado. With beautiful bands on top of a dark Colorado wrapper, the bands almost cover the entire cigar. Cold draw of lemonade and cedar.
John: The Arturo Fuente Rare Pink Vintage 1960’s Short Story comes in cellophane, with a UPC sticker that has an integrated tear point. The cigar is double banded, which is impressive considering its size, and has a perfecto shape. Aromas from the wrapper I could pick up on were baking spices, bread and faint wood. The exposed portion of the foot was too small for me to identify anything that was distinct.
Jiunn: The Arturo Fuente Rare Pink Vintage 1960’s Short Story has a Colorado maduro wrapper shade. Veins are roughly pressed, seams tight, bunch and roll even and head well wrapped. Aromas from the wrapper tell dry barnyard and paper. Cold draw gives hay and subtle cedar.

Team Cigar Review: Arturo Fuente Rare Pink Vintage 1960's Short Story

Team Cigar Review: Arturo Fuente Rare Pink Vintage 1960’s Short Story

First Third

Aaron: The cigar begins with musty, toasted cedar. Past the nipple, a faint baking spice joins the profile. The retrohale is lightly toasted cedar. As the third wraps up, a slightly floral cologne type note has joined in, which is a nice addition. The strength in this third was mild-medium.
Seth: The first third starts out with strong citrus notes. They are paired with leather, cedar and cream, but there is a nice bit of pepper present on the finish. Along with that, there is this faint coffee and cream with lemon bar finish. I would consider the cigar medium-full in strength and body.
John: The first third opened with sweet bread, delayed wood along with baking spices. The baking spices have a short finish, but the wood lingers. As the first progresses, chocolate and citrus combine to add complexity.
Jiunn: The first third gives a medium body and strength formula. Flavors consist of roasted nuts, toast and subtle charred red peppers. Retrohaling highlights the charred red peppers and nuttiness. The finish is very long with a mixture of leather and charred roasted nuts.

Team Cigar Review: Arturo Fuente Rare Pink Vintage 1960's Short Story

Team Cigar Review: Arturo Fuente Rare Pink Vintage 1960’s Short Story

Second Third

Aaron: The second third begins with musty and lightly toasted cedar and the slightly floral cologne note, while the faint baking spice is no longer detectable. At a quarter inch in, the cedar becomes a bit dry and the cologne note has become very mild. At a half inch in, the cologne note is barely holding on. The retrohale is now musty, toasted cedar. As the third comes to a close, the profile is musty, toasted cedar with the very faint floral cologne note in the background. The strength remained at mild-medium.
Seth: The second third delivers a profile of butter on toast. I am picking up some faint citrus notes like before, cedar and leather as well, and the finish is that of black pepper. Major and surprising change into the second third. Like before, medium-full in strength and body.
John: The second third starts wood forward, with sweet baking spices to follow, and bread to finish with a delayed dry wood into the post draw. By the halfway point, some nuttiness moves into the center of the profile. Some earth is present on the post draw not long after.
Jiunn: Given how short the cigar is, I’ll review the second and last third as one. For these portions of the cigar, the enjoyment level takes a dip down. There is now pronounced leather and dryness coming through on the finish. This subdues the charred red peppers, roasted nuts and toast. Strength and body remains medium.

Team Cigar Review: Arturo Fuente Rare Pink Vintage 1960's Short Story

Team Cigar Review: Arturo Fuente Rare Pink Vintage 1960’s Short Story

Final Third

Aaron: As the final third begins, the floral cologne note picks up slightly. At a half inch in, the toast level increases. The retrohale remains musty, toasted cedar. The cigar wraps up with musty, toasted cedar and the light floral cologne note in the background. The strength in this third bumped up to slightly below medium.
Seth: The final third delivers a profile of lemon citrus, cedar, hay, leather and black pepper. It is dry overall, but it is a pronounced flavor profile and there is some body and strength to the cigar. I would classify the cigar as a solid medium-full. Long and pronounced finish.
John: The last third gets things going with baking spices followed by wood with a mildly bitter wood finish into the post draw. As the last third progresses, the post draw bitterness increases, no doubt due to heat.
Jiunn: Given how short the cigar is, I’ll review the second and last third as one. For these portions of the cigar, the enjoyment level takes a dip down. There is now pronounced leather and dryness coming through on the finish. This subdues the charred red peppers, roasted nuts, and toast. Strength and body remains medium.

Team Cigar Review: Arturo Fuente Rare Pink Vintage 1960's Short Story

Team Cigar Review: Arturo Fuente Rare Pink Vintage 1960’s Short Story

Burn

Aaron: The burn was a bit wavy throughout and the cigar went out once, requiring a re-light.
Seth: Very good burn throughout. Once it got going, perfection.
John: There was some unevenness at the shoulder which self corrected. The ash held on well, up to 1-1/2 inches before I would knock it off.
Jiunn: Although the burn was never even, I never had to use my lighter past the pre-light. Given this, and everything else going perfectly, flawless burn performance.

Team Cigar Review: Arturo Fuente Rare Pink Vintage 1960's Short Story

Team Cigar Review: Arturo Fuente Rare Pink Vintage 1960’s Short Story

Draw

Aaron: The draw was a bit tighter than I prefer, but didn’t cause any issues with the smoking experience.
Seth: Great draw. Not too loose or too tight. Well done.
John: The draw was quite snug, roughly 3-1/2 to 4 notches resistant.
Jiunn: The draw was perfect, giving the best air flow possible.

Overall

Aaron: The cigar had a nice start, focused around musty, toasted cedar and baking spice, and later an interesting floral cologne note joined in which I thought was nice. From the second third on, the profile was fairly average as it lost the same combination of flavors. I wish the Arturo Fuente Rare Pink Vintage 1960’s Short Story had maintained the profile from the first third longer. There was a moment in the final third when it showed remnants of the first thirds profile, but it was short lived. I would be interested in trying this line in a larger vitola as I’ve always found the Short Story to almost be over right after it begins. If you can find these and they are close to MSRP, then it would be worthwhile trying one.
Seth: I love the cause that goes with the Arturo Fuente Rare Pink Vintage 1960’s Short Story, and I love the packaging, but I am not sold on the cigar. The blend has solid core flavors of citrus, cedar and pepper, but I was hoping for a little more. The wrapper is very dominant on the cigar, and it has a nice profile, but I think it needs to be balanced out some and the way to do that is by providing a larger offering. I believe the vitolas are very cool, and I like that connection with the Hemingway line, but I would have preferred to see vitolas more in line with the Don Carlos line. In the end, these will sell out quickly and they will be hard to get. My criticism will mean nothing.
John: The Arturo Fuente Rare Pink Vintage 1960’s Short Story was a fun cigar to smoke, offering up the best flavors in the initial third. The remainder of the cigar was fairly pleasant, but didn’t have any components that grabbed my attention. While it was nice to have the opportunity to smoke such a limited offering cigar, I’ll stick to my Arturo Fuente Hemingway Short Story’s that I auto buy when they’re running low in my humidor. The burn was perfect, the draw was much more resistant than I prefer. Total smoking time was 54 minutes.
Jiunn: Catchy bands, catchy name, hard to get. But none of that matters if the cigar doesn’t taste good. And overall, the Arturo Fuente Rare Pink Vintage 1960’s Short Story didn’t deliver the flavor package to warrant the rarity. The leathery dryness played too much in the cigar, drying my palate. I find this quite relieving because I don’t have to search for more.

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Aaron Loomis

SCORE

5.75

Cost/Point

$1.29

Scoring System

Seth Geise

SCORE

5.85

Cost/Point

$1.26

Scoring System

John McTavish

SCORE

5.65

Cost/Point

$1.31

Scoring System

Jiunn Liu

SCORE

6.10

Cost/Point

$1.21

Scoring System

Team Cigar Review: Arturo Fuente Rare Pink Vintage 1960’s Short Story
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