A small cigar, The Arturo Fuente Hemingway ‘Between the Lines’ is one of those sticks whose performance well exceeds its size. Checking in at 4 1/2″ x 54 ring gauge, the Between the Lines sports a two-tone wrapper of Connecticut Shade and broadleaf maduro, giving it its barber-pole appearance. The binder is a mystery, while the filler is the Hemingway blend for Arturo Fuente, a Dominican tobacco that not much else is known about.
Known as a ‘dos capas,’ the cigar is one of the most visually appealing on the market – its brown and tan dual wrapper combined with its short vitola ends up producing a cigar that is unique visually as it promises to be on the palate.
The pre-light aroma is woodsy with some prominent tobacco notes. It’s almost unfair to look at the cold draw on this cigar, given that it has such a small tip at the end that all the air is passing through. However, it was still good and air moved without too much restriction.
The draw is fairly firm once lit and takes a while to get into the meat of the cigar. This is a fairly slow burning stick, so don’t let its small size fool you: you will not rush through this stick.
There is some sweetness that comes and goes as the wrapper transitions, which gives a dual sensation of being pleasing on the palate and the lips. In all of the cigars smoked for the review, there was a wonderful sweetness in the final third of the cigar, likely attributed to the portion of the wrapper that was burning at the time.
One thing that really stands out is the ash — it is incredible to say the least, reminiscent of the NUBs you see in advertisements. If you’re gentle with this cigar, you should be able to easily get the ash to go all the way under the band without breaking off.
The Between the Lines makes for a very good morning cigar or a transition cigar into the afternoon. While it has some mild notes, it’s also not shy about letting its medium-full capabilities shine.
If you don’t mind paying a bit of a premium for this limited-release cigar, the Between the Lines is definitely one worth trying.
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