The bane of cigar smokers: an unsmokable cigar. These cigars have draws so bad that you can’t even get any smoke out of them. No flavor, no anything. You get them lit and then… not much.
It’s happened to me before. Actually, it was with my favorite cigar, the Arturo Fuente Cameroon Churchill. Out of a box of 25 one of them was just plugged. Oh well, it happens.
But then it happened to me on Christmas night. ON CHRISTMAS! And it was with an Arturo Fuente Hemingway Signature. UGHH! It completely ruined Friday, the day after Christmas, and it has somewhat shaken my confidence in Fuentes (well, not really, but it is a pain nonetheless).
Still, this thing happens with all cigars, I am told. Sometimes they get plugged up and for that reason you really can’t give them a score. From what I got from that Fuente on Christmas I thought it had the potential to be a 90+ point cigar. But it was unsmokable.
That’s why I will be adding an “unsmokable” category to my rating system. Unless a cigar has multiple unsmokable scores then I cannot look poorly on a cigar for what might just be one bad apple. Unsmokable isn’t really a score, it’s more like a false start in a race.
I’m going to give the Arturo Fuente Hemingway Signature another shot and, hopefully, the next one will actually be smokable. If not, then we will have problems.