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Cigar Review: Fable Cigars Fourth Prime Machu

Fable Cigars Fourth Prime Machu

 

 

 

 

In 2013, two childhood friends, having grown up around the culture of fine cigars, sparked an idea for an exciting new brand.  United through two unlikely stories of immigrant families from opposite corners of the world and a mutual love of art, we created Fable Cigars with the intent of sharing great stories with each series, encouraging you to share yours and offering artfully crafted smokes to bridge them together.

 

 

Our journey brought us to the Nica Sueño, RoMa Craft Tobac facilities in Esteli, Nicaragua, for an unforgettable experience made possible by founders Skip Martin and Mike Rosales. Over the course of one year, we worked closely with master blender Esteban Elias Disla Siri, tested a dozen blends, with forty types of the finest grade tobacco, grown under the best conditions, before finally arriving at two truly premium blends for our first series, Fourth Prime.

 

FLASH FORWARD: Fourth Prime Limited Production

 

Fourth Prime Machu: 6 ¼ x 60

 

 

Fable’s intent behind Fourth Prime was to use something that connects to all of us through art, history, faith and human accomplishments. Fable will continue to bring more stories with each new blend.

The new vitolas use a Pennsylvania broadleaf wrapper, Ecuadorian habano ligero binder and Dominican and Nicaraguan fillers. All Fable Fourth Prime cigars are produced at Fabrica de Tabacos NicaSueño S.A.

 

It’s always great talking to Mitul Shah and we spoke briefly last month on the new line extensions from the Fourth Prime series, He told CIGAR SMOKE – “They are not limited edition they are limited production, every year we will only produce 30k total between these three sizes. 

The Fourth Prime limited production will be offered in boxes of 28 vitolas”  We have followed the story of Fable Cigars from the very beginning 3 years ago, Cigar Smoke was the first publication to interview Mitul Shah about Fable cigars and the production with RoMa Craft Tobac.

 

AVAILABLE SIZES FABLE FOURTH PRIME

  • Sapta/Gran Toro: 6 ¼ x 54
  • Mersenne/Robusto Extra: 5 ¼ x 56
  • Doc/Petit Robusto: 4 ¼ x 52
  • Mi/Grand Corona: 5 ¾ x 46
  • Friday/Belicoso: 6 ¼ x 54
  • P Versus Np/Churchill: 7 ¼ x 52
  • Machu/Gordo: 6 ¼ x 60

 

  • APPEARANCE

The Pennsylvania Broadleaf wrapper is marbleized brown in color with darker colored spots. There is an oily sheen on the leaf with notable seam, veins and tooth. The 60 gauge Machu is box pressed to perfection. The Fourth Prime was a joint effort with Fable Cigars and the folks down at Nica Sueño in Nicaragua.

One band sits on the vitola colored in matte white with the now familiar Fable cigars logo looking like a swirling pyramid in gloss black. The back of the band has another Fable logo “FC” metallic grey on a black background. The vitola has a large box pressed foot with a semi rounded cap.

Pre light aroma had notes of chocolate brownies, damp cedar and hints of floral. The cold draw produced flavors of coffee, dark chocolate and natural tobacco. 

 

 

  • FIRST LIGHT

Upon first light immediate flavors of black French roast coffee and bitter dark chocolate without the usual first light char, the Machu jumps right into it. Notable flavors of raw cinnamon, glazed almonds, rich cedar and roasted nuts.

The spicy element is not overpowering in the form of a black table pepper dusting balancing in with the sweet flavors of chocolate, coffee and roasted nuts. The retro is producing medium level white pepper evolving into flavors of rich toffee/caramel.

  • CRUISE CONTROL BURN

Entering cruise control burn earthy flavors of smoked almonds and assorted roasted nuts are on point. Background flavors of coffee, mild charred cedar and hazelnut.

The spicy element has decreased, present in the form of a fine black table pepper dusting giving the Machu a long sweet and spicy finish. The retro is producing white pepper spice evolving into flavors of raw cinnamon and charred toffee.

  • FINAL THIRD

In the final duration all aforementioned flavors are present with roasted nuts, coffee and with a mild black pepper spice. Background flavors of hazelnut, smoked cherry wood, leather and raw cinnamon are balancing in with core flavors creating a unique aftertaste on the palate of rich bold woody notes and earth on the finish.

The retro has increased with full white pepper evolving into flavors of leather and coffee.

  • CONSTRUCTION/STRENGTH

The construction on the Machu was solid despite it’s larger ring gauge. I was able to V cut the cigar, the draw was wide open and produced an over abundance of thick white smoke. The burn line was razor sharp with a thick black carbon line. The Machu produced a very uniquely colored ash that was dark grey and brown holding past the inch point that took a forceful tap to break off.

Another attribute was the zero re lights required on a cigar with of this size even with several minutes in between draws. The strength of the Machu was in the upper MEDIUM to FULL bodied wheelhouse that produced a bevy of balanced peppery nutty flavors that transitioned perfectly throughout each duration.

The limited production Fourth Prime edition Machu hit on all points of flavor and strength with solid construction that is highly recommended and box worthy.

 

NOTABLE FLAVORS

  • Black French Roast/Coffee
  • Dark Chocolate/Bitter/Semi Sweet
  • Roasted Nuts
  • Almonds/Glazed/Smoked
  • Rich Cedar
  • Cherry Wood
  • Raw Cinnamon
  • Hazelnut
  • Black Pepper/Table Pepper Dusting
  • White Pepper on the retro evolving  into flavors of Leather/Coffee/Raw Cinnamon/Toffee Char

 


Cigars For Review: Purchased

Cigars Smoked For Review: 2

Cigar Smoke Rate: 92

Size: 6 ¼ x 60

Wrapper: Pennsylvania Broadleaf

Binder: Ecuadorian Habano Ligero

Filler: Nicaraguan, Dominican

Produced At: Fabrica de Tabacos NicaSueño S.A.

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