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Fonseca Cubano Viso Fuerte

Submitted by Rob on March 19, 2009 – 12:57 am5 Comments

Wrapper: Honduran Criollo Viso
Filler: Dominican & Connecticut Broadleaf
Size: Robusto (5.25 x 52)
Strength: Medium

Viso is a big supporter of the local cigar lounge, cigar shop, B&M or any other kind of establishment that we can enjoy a fine smoke. I am always appreciative of cigar manufacturers who release cigar lines that can only be bought in store.

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.

Fonseca Cubano Viso Fuerte

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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  • Nice review…thanks for the heads up. Not sure I’ve ever seen them in any of my B&Ms but if I ever do I know to look the other way.

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  • fixedgear says:

    Palate. Palate. Palate. Palate.

    You are very consistent, though.

    A pallet might be used to ship a whole bunch of cigars. But you’d want to use your palate to tase one.

  • Steve Scardino says:

    ok, first light, bitter. had high expectations given high price in California. taxes are lethal here. almost fired up generic Partagas Black imposter out of sheer disappointment(which was a great smoke on the 4th of July by the way-wish i knew who made it), but I stuck with it. bitter yielded to fuller coffee and cream flavors, wood smoke and a light spice note that inspired me to finish this churchil size smoke. had to re-light many times. i got bored and fired up a San Cristobal with a Sierra Nevada Pale Ale. Wow, nice smoke. i normally love tar black wrapper smokes, full flavor, and get very bored with natural, wood flavorerd smokes that get otherwise decent reviews. set the San Cristobal down and finsihed later that night. great smoke. made me feel less bad about the 12 bucks i spent on the Fonseca. dumb move, i admit it. I always love Partagas Black although they are crazy expensive in CA, and i certainly like others like Oliva O with ligero filler, Oliva V and if i am feeling thrifty, Oliva G which is one of the best cigar bargains of all time. think at half price i will get some more San Cristobal and feel very good about avoiding Fonseca Cubano Viso Fuerte.

  • Guy in Albuquerque says:

    I recieved this Fonseca Cubano Viso Fuerte Belicoso Cigar as part of a sample collection from Thompson Cigars. It looked intriqueing with good color and a thicker leafy wrap. At first light I got a smack of bitter that lead me to ask “what is this thing?” With a little investigation I saw the average price and was at least happy I paid only $3 for mine. Upon further searching, it lead me to this website (which so far is the best thing about this cigar). The bitter subsided after an inch into the cigar. The thick leafy wrapper causes an inconsistent burn. The filler construction screams “old fashioned” (which is great), but seems to be of lower quality since I cannot generate a nice long ash. Halfway through now, the flavor of the cigar can now be enjoyed. The draw has been easy so far. The burn is now going through some of the veinier wrap. I am somewhat fascinated trying to figure out the filler leafs used. This is not the usual cigar and understand the creator was going for an complex smoke you don’t see everyday. The last third of the smoke has been a mix of medium to bold spices without bitterness and smooth aftertaste. The burn is still inconsist with one side burning down quicker than the other. My overall opinion is that the Fonseca Cubano Viso Fuerte Belicoso might be worth a couple of bucks if I would have skipped the first quarter of the cigar. I am not rushing into the humidor though to see if a second cigar was included. I won’t be recommending this to anyone except as an example of cigar construction and how good thoughts can not work out so well. Good smokes to all!