The Arturo Fuente Hemingway Short Story Maduro has been one of the hardest cigars to find over the last fifteen years. That changed a bit last year, when it was introduced in very limited quantities at the IPCPR show in Las Vegas in 2011. As they have done with other cigars in the past, Fuente allowed accounts to purchase a single box of Short Story Maduro for every 20 boxes of regular Arturo Fuente products. Only 1,200 boxes of 25 cigars were released to accounts, and they sold out fairly quickly.
It was largely the same situation this year at the IPCPR show, retailers were offered an opportunity to purchase a single box each of Short Story Maduro, Best Seller Maduro and 858 Sun Grown for every 20 boxes of regular production cigars they purchased. This year however, only 1,000 boxes of each special were offered.
Here is what I said about the Short Story Maduro in my original review almost exactly a year ago in August of 2011:
I am not sure what I was expecting to taste considering the history behind this vitola and the relative rarity of it before now. While this is a very good cigar—in the end it tastes almost exactly like what it is—a smaller Hemingway Maduro vitola. Having said that, there is quite a bit more spice on the tongue than in other Hemingway sizes and the flavors seemed a bit more rich and potent, probably due to the freshness of the cigar as well as the smaller vitola. Would I rather smoke one of these then a recent Work of Art Maduro? Most definitely, but I would not pay more then MSRP on them in order to do it.
But enough about that, let’s get down to business, shall we?
- Cigar Reviewed: Arturo Fuente Hemingway Short Story Maduro
- Country of Origin: Dominican Republic
- Factory: Tabacalera A. Fuente y Cia
- Wrapper: Connecticut Broadleaf
- Binder: Dominican Republic
- Filler: Dominican Republic
- Size: 4 Inches
- Ring Gauge: 46/49
- Vitola: Figurado
- MSRP: $6.50 (Boxes of 25, $162.50)
- Release Date: July 2011
- Number of Cigars Released: 1,200 Boxes of 25 Cigars (30,000 Total Cigars)
- Number of Cigars Smoked for Redux Review: 1