After hosting two Noob Review Contests, I shamefully remembered I have been sorely lacking on providing my own. Today, we close the gap, and I review a tasty treat that was passed to me in the Noobie Sampler Trade by Kapathy with approx 2 years of age. If you are a noob, please be sure to check it out here: http://www.puff.com/forums/vb/cigar-...-trade-17.html
On with the review...
A. Fuente Don Carlos #4
- Size: 5 1/8 x 43
- Shape: Corona
- Wrapper: Cameroon
- Filler: Dom. Rep.
- Binder: Dom. Rep.
- MSRP: $6.50
- Age: Approx 2 yrs
- Very tight and even pack
- Small veins
- Few small lifts in seams - tear in the wrapper near the mid-point
Very light tobacco and cedar wrapper smell with mellow sweet tobacco and sweet spice at the foot. Pre-light draw is fairly loose and has similar sweet tobacco, light spice, and dried fruit... delicious!
First puffs are excellent tobacco and slight touch of sweet spice and pepper in the background. Voluminous smoke output. Light but lingering finish of the tobacco and dried fruit from the pre-light.
1st third: salt and pepper ash with bright white, light grey and nice stacking. Burn is somewhat hilly but no issue. Draw continues to be effortless and smoke output plentiful. Flavors are consistent with the first couple draws, but grow dense in deeper sweetness as the third burns down.
2nd third: fantastic balance of tobacco, deeper spice and enough sweet touches to make for a very full, but not heavy, flavor experience. Light wood and floral notes are present in the nose. This third begins to really come into a complex but extremely well balanced profile that certainly speaks to it's Fuente make. The finish steadily gains in fullness, maintaining much of the draw flavors. The ash falls at the halfway mark. Sweetness fades off as the last third approaches. Additionally, that pesky tear in the wrapper begins to bulge a bit.
However, it was no match for my airbender kung-fu
Final third: Sweetness has been fading and now squarely background notes that help accentuate the wonderful spice bouquet and wood note forefront. Sure to only sip, the Don Carlos still produces plenty of smoke, keeping the smaller gauge stick cool all the way down.
Final conclusions: /5
Overall excellent stick! The profile was interesting and perfectly balanced. The flavor faded and grew with very smooth shifts that were easy to follow and appreciate. The overall profile was certainly akin to the several Fuente sticks I have enjoyed thus far... Smooth and wonderful tobacco, subtle sweetness, excellent bouquet of spice, and hints of wood and floral notes that meld to create a very pleasant and satisfying experience. With a little help, construction concerns were nullified. The burn was in need of no attention, the ash held strong, and the stick stayed cool down to the nub. You can't ask for more than that.
This is a cigar that will easily find a home in my humi. Perfect for mid-day or the out and about herf. Not so complex as to warrant one's full attention, but certainly enough flavor and balance to garner any puffers appreciation.
Smoke time: approx 1 hr