Full Disclosure: I received two of these cigars from Smoke Inn for this Review. All reviews are my own.
Smoke Inn has done a number of special releases from big name cigar companies including: Tatuaje, Padron (Maduro and Natural), My Father Cigars and now a special offering from the Fuentes. The band is the same as the Fuente’s Gran Reserva line but with the addition of a second band that says “SOLARIS.”
When I first heard the name I immediately thought of the most recent James Bond movie. Solaris is just one of those names that sounds high brow and cool but you don’t really know what it means, which might be a good thing in this situation. Why? Because the top search result on Google for the term “solaris” is for a computer operating system. The second? A sci-fi story.
Since most of you don’t care about cigar name rants I’m going to segue into the actual review now. Here’s what Smoke Inn has to say about this cigar:
For this Microblend installment Smoke Inn played no part in the creation of the size or blend. When Smoke Inn Proprietor Abe Dababneh approached the Fuente Family about making a Microblend, they decided this would be a perfect project for a small batch of cigars made over 6 years ago. Carlos Fuente Sr. had produced a small batch of belicoso cigars made from Ecuadorian Sun Grown wrapper that was uniquely light in its complexion. The cigars sat and aged for over six years. When smoked, we found the flavor mellow yet complex. One could definitely taste the quintessential Fuente flavor profile behind the elegantly aged smoke. Solaris will delight the palate of Fuente fans and collectors; especially those who like to age their cigars.
Oh, and there are only 5,500 of these cigars. That’s it. When that last stick is lit there will be no more of these.
This cigar has a mottled medium reddish brown wrapper with some veins. Not a very oily cigar and there are a couple of soft spots in the middle.
Ring Gauge: 49
Wrapper: Ecuadorian Sun Grown
Price: $89.50/Box of 10 | $44.75/5 Pack
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It starts out very woody and the texture is creamy. The woodiness is light and leaves a dry feeling on my tongue after each puff. A slight amount of spice begins to show up in my nostrils a few minutes after lighting this cigar up.
A little bit of nuttiness comes through during the second third. The woodiness does begin to take on a not-so-enjoyable burnt quality.
The final third is much like the second third. Overall, this is a good cigar. While there isn’t a ton of evolution or complexity to this cigar the flavors are, for the most part, enjoyable. It isn’t a cigar that is in my wheelhouse but for others who like mild-meduim bodied cigars it might be worth checking out. The draw and the burn were both excellent.