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I headed over to my local smoke shop (Havana House) on Saturday to talk to them about some issues I was having with the humidor I bought from them a bit ago. That was my cover story, anyway. The trip out there actually allowed me to ogle over their cigar selection; it's the same kind of strange impulse that compels women to shop for shoes.

I picked up a few random cigars, among them two Arturo Fuente Hemingway Short Story's. The Carolina/St. Louis game was on the rather massive HD TV in the smoke shop's lounge, and with just 10 minutes or so left in the 4th Quarter, I figured a Short Story would be just the thing to fire up to watch the game.

Construction on this cigar is wonderful; it's as tight as a petite little gymnast, with a wonderful wrapper, and perfectly curved shape. It feels tight in your hands, but draws easily -- a great combination in my book.

This stout little smoke sparked right up; have I mentioned that I love being able to light cigars like this by just torching the little nub? So convenient. After a few puffs, I was really starting to enjoy this smoke. It was a nice subtle blend of spice, vanilla, cedar, and a hint of citrus. All of the flavors were quite mellow, but it was not an overly mild smoke either. A nice understated but tasteful smoke.

I'd put it firmly in the medium bodied range. The kind of smoke that has all of the flavors you're looking for, but none of them jump out and scream at you. It was the perfect companion to the amazing football game I was watching, and I even got a mild buzz from it, which rather caught me by surprise.

Also, the best-laid plans go awry: the game went into overtime, and I was smoking that poor diminutive Short Story down to a ridiculous size ("Anyone here got a roach clip??"). It never got bitter or harsh, and on the other hand, was never so mild as to be tasteless. I just wished at that point that it was a little longer! The burn throughout was perfect, and the ash was long and solid (though I personally tap it off anyway, just in case it decides to fall on my clothing).

I could easily see this being a "go to" smoke when I want a quick little smoke; this baby is smooth but tasty. I do wonder if it is worth the $6 or so I paid for it; but given that I smoke cigars only a couple of times a week normally, I'd rather have a few excellent premium cigars then have double the number of mediocre ones. Unlike some other cigars I've had, this one is worth the boutique-tax in my book.
 

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I used to love these. I quit buying them when I figured out you can get a box of Shorts or Bolivar PC (just to name a few) for the same amount of money. I think $6/cigar is a bit high, even for retail. A lot of online retailers have them at $106/box.
Moki, if you like the SS, try the Best Seller:)
 
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