Vega Fina Fortaleza Cigar Review Released in 2012, the Vega Fina Fortaleza Dos is a highly respected blend from Altadis USA that was first popularized in Europe. Only in the last couple years has it finally made it stateside, a development that many aficionados in the U.S. are extremely pleased about. It is in production at the legendary Tabacalera de Garcia based out of the Dominican Republic. While it is a value priced stick, it offers quality construction and an eclectic mix of flavors worthy of a much more expensive stogie.

The Vega Fina Fortaleza Dos comes with a San Andres Criollo, a Dominican Olor binder and a Dominican Piloto Ligero filler. Altadis has established a strong relationship with the Turrent family, so many of its blends now incorporate San Andreas tobaccos. It is available in three vitolas, including Robusto (5 x 50), Toro (6 x 54) and Churchill (6 3/4 x 56). The Robusto vitola is also available in a high quality tube that offers additional protection for the cigar. The wrapper is medium brown with a silky feel to it. While there are visible veins, the seams are well hidden. The red, black, silver, gray and white band is sharp looking and shows off the brand’s logo, a VF surrounded by a silver wreath. Reviewers recognized a number of natural sweet tobacco, wood and coffee notes on the prelight draw.

The first-third of the cigar starts off with the same sweet tobacco notes found on the prelight. After a few draws, a pronounced citrus flavor emerges and quickly shifts into a slightly bitter lemon taste. Reviewers mentioned that the citrus notes in the Vega Fina Fortaleza Dos are similar to those in another Altadis USA release, the Sumum 2010. The lemon notes are the star of the profile throughout the first-third and are remarkably crisp. Before the first-third is out, some black pepper shows up and gives the smoke some extra punch.

During the second-third, the natural tobacco flavors transition into a sweet caramel note. Around the halfway point, the caramel asserts itself as the dominant flavor and the lemon and pepper fall in line behind it. Some aficionados also detected some earth notes as well, though they are purely tertiary. 

In the final portion of the cigar, the sweet caramel is still the dominant flavor and remains so until the nub. Soon into the last third, the lemon notes drop out of the profile, so only some secondary black pepper and earth notes remain in the background. The finish is cool and firm, producing the perfect end.

This stick is a departure from other Vega Finas in terms of strength and body, both grading out at medium to full. The burn and draw are both excellent for the cigar’s price point, and the construction holds up well. In all, there is a reason why this cigar is huge in Europe and why it was in demand in the U.S. before it was even made available. Altadis had a big year in 2012, and this stogie is a primary reason.

POSTED ON Oct 14, 2017


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