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Shark Infested Waters – The Arturo Fuente Añejo No. 77

Posted by dabyrdman33 on January 21, 2010

Tonight I decided to retire to my study once again for a cozy review. Only tonight’s cigar isn’t just any cigar…it is the Arturo Fuente Añejo No. 77 also known as “the Shark”. I am pairing tonight’s cigar with some Ron Añejo Pampero Anniversario Rum. The Shark derives its name from Wayne Suarez & Marvin Shanken due to their love of this particular blend. Carlito Fuente dubbed this vitola the “SS Shark”. While I would love to delve into the details of the nomenclature and history I will leave that to each of you and tell you that you can read more about “The Shark” at Let’s get into the review…

Size: 5 5/8” x 54
Wrapper: Connecticut Broadleaf Maduro
Binder: Dominican
Filler: Añejo Blend

The unique shape of this cigar is the first thing that grabs you in that the foot is perfectly squared; however, the cigar morphs into a torpedo shape at the head. I’ve only smoked one of these previously, but after securing a box (thanks to @Mirrorlure7m on Twitter) I decided to give it a go for a review.

The cigar is seemingly flawless in construction exhibiting the right amount of firmness that springs back ever so slightly when pinched. The wrapper is a dark chocolate color with a single prominent vein that runs throughout. The cigar smells of rich barnyard & tobacco aromas. The pre-light draw is again rich tobacco with a slight coffee note.

First third: There is a slight sweetness on the outset; however, no real pepper or spice kick is present at the moment. The cigar is very smooth with a slight taste of dried fruit or raisins. So far, this cigar is not producing a lot of smoke, but it is very mellow. I would classify the body as mild at this point. The ash is somewhat gray in color and is holding firm for at least the first inch to inch and a half.

Second third: There is a slight hint of spice on the retrohale that is beginning to come through. The strength is still mild to medium; however, the body is moving into the medium range and the flavors are starting to hang heavier on my palate. Overall it is still slightly sweet and very mellow. Toward the end of the 2nd third, this cigar is hitting its stride now with more dark chocolate flavor & a citrus note on the retrohale which is surprising yet pleasant. After experiencing a little tar buildup, I re-clipped the cigar and it is now producing lots of smoke & draw has loosened somewhat.

Final third: As I near the end, I am noticing a slight peppery spice on my tongue. The dark chocolate note is building. Overall it is still very smooth & mellow, yet the strength has picked up to a medium range. I am not experiencing noticeable nicotine “kick”, but the cigar is definitely stronger.

Final thoughts: This cigar has hefty price tag due to the rarity and the aging (6-8 months in cognac barrels; min. 3 yrs total), but it is well worth it. Starting slowly, it gradually builds in flavor, strength, & complexity yet never loses it mellow character. I considered my experience to be very enjoyable & it certainly proved to be a great pairing with good aged rum. Since I have a box of these, at the recommendation of my good friend Joel (@Mirrorlure7m), I am going to let these age and hopefully re-visit them every few months just to see how they mature and change ever so slightly. I would definitely recommend these to anyone that is looking to try a “rare” cigar if cost is not an option; however, I would stay away from shops that are not authorized Fuente dealers as the price can escalate quickly. I am giving this experience 4.5 out of 5 smokes.

That’s all for now; until next time…fly straight & fly high.

Happy Smoking,

-Da Byrdman-

5 Responses to “Shark Infested Waters – The Arturo Fuente Añejo No. 77”

  1. dcspeopleschamp said

    Awesome review man! I believe I’ve tried this cigar before (don’t really remember…damn CRS lol) but I may have to try it again as it sounds very flavorful (even tho its strength profile isn’t what I usually smoke).

  2. Joel (Mirrorlure7m) said

    Nice review man . As I told you before those sharks will only get better with age . Enjoy them!

  3. Lee said

    Nice review. Great smoke. A classic.

  4. Thanks for the comments. I’m looking forward to trying some of the other Añejo cigars as well.

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