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November 08, 2022

Arturo Fuente Rare Pink Vintage 1960’s Queen of Hearts (3 3/4 x 54 Perfecto)

Video review HERE.

(Description taken from Halfwheel.com website)

Arturo Fuente has shipped the 2022 batch of its Rare Pink Vintage 1960’s line, which now has a total of six sizes.

The company has expanded the line with two new sizes—both of which were announced in 2021—the Queen of Hearts (3 3/4 x 54) and Sophisticated Hooker (7 1/4 x 53). Like the rest of the sizes in the line, both new vitolas are perfectos. The cigar uses an Ecuadorian wrapper from Oliva Tobacco Co. over a Nicaraguan binder and fillers from the Dominican Republic and Nicaragua.

Arturo Fuente donates $13 for every box sold to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation as this project is being used to help promote breast cancer awareness and find a cure. October is breast cancer awareness month, which is why Fuente chose this month to ship the cigars. The project is spearheaded by Liana Fuente, though Carlos “Carlito” Fuente Jr. has also used the project to harken back to his memories of the 1960s including Woodstock, the Rolling Stones, Janis Joplin, the Vietnam War, the assassinations of President John F. Kennedy and Martin Luther King Jr., and the Summer of Love.

The Rare Pinks are not a limited edition item, though, like it does with Añejo and OpusX, Arturo Fuente only ships a limited amount to retailers at a specific time of year.

Available vitolas:

Short Story (4 x 42/49) — $7.85 (Box of 25, $196.25)

Signature (6 x 46) — $10.55 (Box of 25, $263.75)

Work of Art (4 7/8 x 46/60) — $10.95 (Box of 25, $273.75)

Happy Ending (5 1/2 x 53) — $12.55 (Box of 10, $125.50)

Queen of Hearts (3 3/4 x 54) — $17.70 (Box of 20, $354) REVIEWED TODAY

Sophisticated Hooker (7 1/4 x 53) — $14.70 (Box of 20, $294)

The cigar is short and fat. Very well made. The elaborate band takes up most of the length of the cigar. It has an average feel in the hand.

The test draw after cutting the cap was very good. The initial flavors at light up were a nice citrus with strawberry syrup, brown sugar, and earthy black coffee. There was black pepper rated at 8. I love sweet cigars and this one starts off very sweet. Nice start.

At the first third (21 minutes) the flavor notes are exactly like they started. Even though the ring size increased the notes remained the same. The finish is dry oak, strawberry, and very good lingering black pepper. The cigar is medium bodied. The sweet notes are great. Perhaps the cigar could have a little more lower level notes but it's really good like it is. I rated the first third 95.

Moving through the second third (42 minutes) the ash was still intact. Now the dry oak notes that were on the finish in the first third are on the front end. And they don't help the cigar. The actually detract somewhat. The cigar's sweetness compensates for the oak notes for the most part. The pepper is still very good. The finish is unchanged. The cigar is still medium bodied. I rated the second third 94.

The cigar lasted 1 hour 3 minutes. The dry oak notes disappeared from the front end and in their place are some light buttery notes. The same notes are still in play; citrus, strawberry syrup, brown sugar, earthy black coffee, and now buttery notes. The cigar is medium to full bodied. The finish is unchanged. This is a very sweet cigar and I love sweet cigars. I rated the final third 95. Put this one on your must-try list...if you can find it.

Overall Score: 94.67

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