Written by Puff Staff

Friday, 29 April 2011

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fuentedoncpic1Arturo Fuente is known for putting out some excellent cigars, so as a tribute, we will review two of the brand's selections today. The Fuente Don Carlos is up first, and it will be followed by the Fuente Rosado Sungrown Magnum R. Will these two live up to the Fuente reputation, or will they disappoint? Keep reading to find out.

Arturo Fuente Don Carlos

The Don Carlos line was named after and created by the Fuente family's patriarch, Don Carlos Fuente, Sr. The line is distributed in very limited quantities. As with other Fuente selections, the Don Carlos has received high ratings from several cigar publications in the past.

For today's review, I will dissect the Double Robusto vitola of the Don Carlos line, which measures 5 3/4 x 52. There are six other sizes in the line, including the 5 1/8 x 43 No. 4, 5 1/4 x 50 Robusto, 5 3/8 x 52 Belicoso, 5 1/2 x 44 No. 3, 6 x 44/55 No. 2, and 6 1/2 x 50 Presidente. The cigar features a vintage Dominican filler that has been aged for ten years. The binder is Dominican as well. Capping off the cigar's composition is a sweet African Cameroon wrapper. The cigar's production takes place in the Dominican Republic at Tabacalera A. Fuente. Strength-wise, the Fuente Don Carlos is said to fall somewhere in between the medium and full-bodied categories.

At first glance, the Don Carlos Double Robusto appears to have solid construction. There are a few medium-sized veins that are visible, and the wrapper has somewhat of a dark wrapper. There's not too much oil on the surface. The red and gold decorative band near the head is a nice touch. It showcases the Arturo Fuente logo and name. The cigar feels firm to the touch, and I do not detect any soft spots. The cold taste is hard to decipher, but if I had to pick a flavor that it resembles, it would be coffee. The pre-light aroma is sweet.

Once lit, it is little surprise that the Don Carlos burns like a charm. I've come to expect solid construction from the Fuente brand, and this particular stick appears to continue that tradition. The draw is good and there is a voluminous amount of smoke that is produced. The light gray ash is tight and holds on for at least an inch. As far as the burn, it stays even without any help from my lighter. Touch-ups and re-lights are unnecessary, and that is always a plus in my book.



-1 # Don CarlosMike L. 2011-04-30 07:13
I love the Hemingways and assumed that Don Carlos would be an even better cigar since they cost more.So I was a bit let down when I tried them and they didn't live up. I like the oilly wrapper and the sweet taste of the Hemingways and think there a better choice for the money.The Don Carlos is still a very good cigar and I purchase them when there available for a good price. Please let me know if I'm missing something.

Fuente Fan

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+1 # Don CarlosMike L. 2011-05-01 07:10
Also,I forgot to mention yesterday that it should have some kind of distinguishing band so it doesn't look just like a regular Fuente.

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0 # ChairThom 2011-05-02 12:31
I am not new to cigar smoking, but am new to cigar enjoyment. Recently I started reading reviews to understand what I am smoking and i am a bit perplexed by a couple of things. Veins in the wrapper are often mentioned. Is that important to the taste or is is merely esthetic? Also, the length of the ash, same thing?

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