Fonseca Cubano Viso Fuerte
Wrapper: Honduran Criollo Viso
Filler: Dominican & Connecticut Broadleaf
Size: Robusto (5.25 x 52)
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Manuel Quesada is the creator of the Fonseca Cubano Viso Fuerte. He is also the owner of Licenciados, Romeo y Julieta, Jose Benito, Cubita, Royal Dominicana, Credo and Casa Blanca cigars (just to name a few). Having started in the tobacco industry at the age of 13, and following in family footsteps, Mr. Quesada has quite the reputation for creating high quality cigars.
The Fonseca Cubano Viso Fuerte is a cigar that is not supposed to be the “traditional” Fonseca smoke. I will agree that this is not the traditional Fonseca cigar, unfortunately Fonseca cigars are usually good. This one: Not so much.
Construction: Allow me to begin by stating that this is a really well constructed cigar. On average you may see one or two veins that run down the side that you can scantily feel with your fingers. The wrapper was not oily, perhaps somewhat even dry looking. Tobacco was crammed into the wrapper making the cigar “super-duper-firm” (yes that’s a new technical term).
Draw: Because the Viso Fuerte was so firm I would suggest cutting the end. Punching the stick won’t leave you with a bad draw but it’s generally a better smoke with a wider opening. The ash is a clouded gray color and flaky through the first half of the Fonseca.
Burn: Have you ever wanted to throw something against the wall when it’s not functioning? That’s really how I felt with the burn on this Fonseca. I think I doubled the cost of my cigar due to all the butane that was used. Correction after correction I gave up towards the end of the cigar.
Taste: From the light I get a hint of roasted pine nuts with just a trace of coffee. The smoke is light and smooth allowing me to easily give it the nose test. When it is all said and done my palate is bitter.
The most boring portion of the cigar has to be through the midpoint. Body is increasing and the smoke is becoming fuller, coating more of your palate. I would say all the flavors that you are initially introduced with are muted. Trailing at the end (of the middle of the cigar) is a pepper spice. I am bored, it is boring, and… the cigar is boring.
Hello spice and welcome to the party! I’m glad something came alive in this Fonseca Cubano Viso Fuerte. Sure my burn needs some more corrections, the ash is a weird gray color, and I keep thinking about smoking something else – BUT AT LEAST I get rewarded with a huge shot of spice. There might be a hint of wood in the background, nevertheless it’s nothing that peaks my interest. The smoke is leaving a chalky finish and staying on the cigar.
Final Verdict: You can expect to pay around $6.xx at your local B&M. Fonseca Cubano Viso Fuerte is not sold online. As you may have hypothesized from my review: This cigar is not worth your time. There are numerous cigars to be smoked and so little time to smoke them in.
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