Fonseca cigars are known for consistent quality. The majority of their products are quite decent, mild to medium in body, and priced at an affordable range. That is what initially brought me to being a fan of many of their stogies, but the Vintage Robusto will not be lit up again. Without a doubt, it is the worst Fonseca cigar, and perhaps one of the most disgusting “premium” ones you can fire up. There is no Dominican smoothness, that Fonseca’s are known for, but rather harsh flavors that will make you cough. This is due to the cheap Mexican tobacco, and while it does make this cigar more of a full bodied one, the acrid taste is enough to say “no thanks.” It is a shame, and even though these are pretty, its whats inside that brings them to a low level of quality.
Mexican tobaccos are notoriously harsh, and lacking the polish of what you’ll find in the Dominican Republic or Nicaragua. The bitterness is evident as soon as you light up the Fonseca Vintage, and if you can get through it, this 5×50 sized stogie should last almost an hour. I actually coughed a lot with this one, which is not what you are paying for, when you want a velvety cigar to relax with. The first few puffs were pure pepper, and what could only be described as green tobacco. That’s right, in addition to being harsh, its also not aged enough. That alone is a reason for Fonseca to be ashamed, and the only flavor I was able to detect was a bit of leather. Yet that was knocked down by the low quality tobacco, which is what you would normally find in a machine made stick.
The smoke volume is decent, although the cigar was a bit tightly rolled. You will have to pull on this one a bit, but perhaps that is a positive attribute, as you will not get large plumes of smoke. The construction was average, and while it did hold up throughout the experience, there was a small leak near the cap. Also, I had a difficult time cutting this. That was surprising considering I used a brand new guillotine double cutter, so do not think about using a single version. If you have a punch cutter, good look at getting through to the tobacco.
I have to say that the Fonseca Vintage is a pretty robusto cigar. I like the color of the wrapper, as its a light brown shade, with a bit of a golden mixed in. There are no veins, and its smooth on the surface. Unfortunately, while it is attractive, the taste of this cigar is anything but delicious. The harsh, bitter flavors destroy anything positive that can be said about this smoke. You can find these cigars anywhere, and at $4 each they are inexpensive. However, at this price range you should be able to find something, that at the very least is average. The Fonseca Vintage is far below that, and I would rate it as a horrifying experience, that will never happen again.