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Cigar Review: Berger & Argenti Fatso, Butterball

Berger & Argenti Fatso, Butterball

 

 

 

 

 

 

What do you get when stuff a perfecto with tobacco until it’s a 70 ring gauge and then flatten it? The FATSO! A series of four thick, rectangular and pressed perfectos that sport a Nicaraguan maduro wrapper, Ecuadoran Sumatra binder and filler tobacco from Nicaragua.

The smallest size in the line weighs in at a mere 62 ring gauge, That’s the Dipper At 4 inches by 62 ring, it even seems on the svelte side when compared to the 4 1/2 by 64 ring Puddin, the 5 1/2 by 68 ring Bufflehead or the 6 by 70 Butterball.

 

 

They’re made in Nicaragua at Estelí Cigars S.A. and come in boxes of 16 that have holes drilled into the cedar for both airflow and distinction. One of the last cigar lines to come from the mind of Michael Argenti, the creative force behind the Berger & Argenti brands, a company Argenti owned with his brother Albert and cigarmaker Kiki Berger, currently the company in no longer in operation.

Berger & Argenti Fatso cigars were introduced in 2012, I remember speaking Michael Argenti at an event at NK CIGARS in Westlake Village CA. about the project, and was more than overly excited to try the new cigars when they became available, sadly production delays caused the company to eventually cease operations.

Shortly after Kiki Berger of Cuban Crafters passed away. Kiki was partnered with brothers Michael and Albert Argenti to produce the Fatso, as well as other Berger & Argenti brand cigars like the Entubar which I thought was genius, tasty and very innovative. 

 

 

Fatso Butterball has a beautiful dark Cuban-seed Habano wrapper with a nice silky sheen texture. The perfect draw and three tier cap make this ultra-premium a must-have in your evening cigar rotation. Fatso provides a robust, wonderfully complex cigar smoking experience that offers incredible value for cigar enthusiasts. Currently the only place to find the Fatso is online at Cuban Crafters

 

AVAILABLE SIZES

  • 4 x 62: Dipper
  • 4 1/2 x 64: Puddin
  • 5 1/2 x 68: Bufflehead
  • 6 x 70: Butterball

 

 

  • APPEARANCE

To say the B&A Fatso is uniquely shaped is an understatement. It looks like an extra thick wafer with notable tooth, seam and vein. Tapered at the cap in a Figurado shape (which is a generic term that refers to any cigar that is not of the Parejo shape), although the Fatso fits into this description, it’s in a category all by itself.

The Nicaraguan Maduro wrapper is dark coffee bean in color and has a rustic oily look to it. One band sits on the vitola, lighter brown with gold accents it stands out from the darker color of the wrapper, across the band reads “BERGER & ARGENTI” in solid silver font. Pre light aroma had notes of carmel corn, chocolate syrup and cedar. The cold draw produced flavors of leather and coffee.

  • FIRST LIGHT

Upon first light charred cedar, leather, coffee, cocoa bean and earth. Sweet flavors of thick molasses, bitter dark chocolate and raw cinnamon. Black pepper is present at a medium level notable in the throat area. The retro is producing full white pepper through the nostrils evolving into flavors of mocha.

  • CRUISE CONTROL BURN

Entering cruise control the flavor profile has increased to bold flavors of leather, earth and raw cocoa bean with a citrus note. Sweet flavors of toffee and caramel corn comparable to cracker jacks.

A few moments were taken to straighten up the burn line, attributing it to the size and unique shape of the vitola, no further corrections were required. Black pepper is present at a medium level. The retro has decreased white pepper evolving into flavors of mocha and chocolate.

  • FINAL THIRD

In the final duration the strength of the Fatso has decreased with minimal black pepper. The sweet flavors have remained consistent with bitter dark chocolate, toffee and sweet cedar. Background flavors of leather, coffee and raw cinnamon. I’m still getting nuances of thick molasses and maple that can only be described as syrupy, very unique and blending in perfectly.

The black pepper element has disappeared allowing the sweet and earthy flavors to take point. The retro has increased slightly producing upper level white pepper evolving into flavors of chocolate.

  • CONSTRUCTION/STRENGTH

For the most part the construction on the B&G Fatso was very good other than the touch ups on the burn line in cruise control, the cigar performed better than I expected due to the unusual shape and size which speaks volumes for the rollers and there artisanal work. The draw on the vitola was wide open producing effortless plumes of thick dense smoke.

The ash of the Fatso was never really tight or compact creating a jagged look to it with several fissures. The strength of the cigar was in the HIGH to MEDIUM bodied wheelhouse that produced some solid and balanced flavors. What it lacked in complexity it more than made up for in taste.

 

NOTABLE FLAVORS

  • Leather
  • Coffee
  • Cocoa Bean
  • Earth
  • Black Pepper Medium/Full
  • Toffee
  • Carmel Corn/Cracker Jacks
  • Dark Chocolate/Bitter
  • Molasses/Maple
  • Raw Cinnamon/Mocha
  • Retro with Full White Pepper evolving into flavors of Mocha/Chocolate

 


CIGARS FOR REVIEW: PURCHASED FROM CUBAN CRAFTERS (FOUR VITOLA SAMPLER)

CIGARS SMOKED FOR REVIEW: 1 IN THE BUTTERBALL FORMAT

CIGAR SMOKE RATE: 89

SIZE: 6 X 70 (BUTTERBALL)

WRAPPER: NICARAGUAN MADURO

BINDER: ECUADORIAN SUMATRA

FILLER: NICARAGUA

NEWS SOURCE: CIGAR AFICIONADO/CUBAN CRAFTERS/CIGARCZARS

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