Master Sensei kisses some ash.
Today I was guest on the popular radio show Kiss My Ash and I was discussing (among other things) the Arturo Fuente Anejo #77, commonly referred to as “the Shark”. Abe, Emily and the Kiss My Ash Radio hosts were also big fans of the Shark and it was great to discuss cigars with a legend like Abe.
The Shark is a wild looking beast of a cigar, it is pyramid shaped with a strong square box press at the foot and transitions into a rounded torpedo shape at the head. The Fuente Anejo #77 is not an easy cigar to get your hands on. These are released in small batches by Fuente around Christmas and occasionally around Father’s Day. The Fuente Anejo is basically a Opus X blended cigar with a dark Connecticut broadleaf Maduro wrapper.
These cigars will set you back around $17 or so unless you buy them in Vegas where they are $27 (ouch!), Casa Fuente will only let you buy 2 per person, per day. The Shark has a deep dark oily looking wrapper and upon cutting you will be greeted with a yummy savory taste on your tongue from the cognac barrel aged wrapper.
Cognac? Barrels? Aged maduro tobacco??? How can you lose??
The Shark is highlighted with deep, creamy, sweetness and plenty of thick oily smoke. The burn was a bit odd but certainly didn’t effect the performance of the cigar. In the final half of the cigar you will get some nice flavors of old-world spices which is very Fuente-ish.
If you like sweet maduros you will love the Fuente Anejo in any size but the #77 “Shark” is the most sought-after.
The CigarDojo appearance on Kiss My Ash Radio is now archived here. Check it out!
- Complex flavor
- Satisfying smoke output
- Inconsistent burn
- Hard to find