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Arturo Fuente Cigar Review
Arturo Fuente cigars are one of the most iconic and well-known brands around. Even non-cigar smokers known that when you say “Arturo Fuente”, you’re talking about a top-notch premium cigar. Today I’ll be providing my Arturo Fuente cigar review, and for the task I’ve selected the Chateau Fuente Natural vitola from the line as it is a personal favorite of mine. Arturo Fuente Chateau Fuente cigars in the natural wrappers are identified by gold, red and green bands (as found on the Grand Reserva selections), and Spanish cedar sleeves with a green silk ribbon at the base. The cigars are rolled in Connecticut wrappers with a core blend of vintage Dominican long-filler from the company’s private reserve, and as you would expect from Fuente, the construction is first-rate. Offered in the following shapes, Chateau Fuente (4½” x 50), Pyramid (6″ x 52 with a red silk band), Double Chateau (6¾” x 50), and Royal Salute (7 5/8″ x 54), for this review I smoked the Rothschild-size Chateau Fuente.
Arturo Fuente Cigar Review
The Arturo Fuente Chateau Fuente natural is an attractive, well-packed cigar that’s seamlessly rolled with virtually no soft spots. The Connecticut wrapper is silky, even in hue, and though there are some visible veins, they’re not raised which gives the cigar an appealing contrast of colors and patterns.
The cap clipped cleanly across and provided a good draw with a pre-light flavor that was somewhat leathery with a hint of sweetness. The cigar toasted and lit with very little effort and the first few puffs were toasty and sweet with a note of nutmeg. This cigar also has a very clean taste, and when retrohaled, the smoke was very smooth, but I didn’t pick up any specific flavors.
As the Fuente Chateau Fuente found its groove, I zeroed-in on the base flavors, which consisted primarily of sweet cedar, nutmeg and toasted nuts. Additionally, the aroma was equally sweet and appealing.
With regard to the burn, it was even with an almost solid grey ash that was not all that firm, yet still held a good grip on the cigar. The only problem I had was that the cigar went out a little quickly at times when I left it on the ashtray saddle.
By its midpoint I realized that the cigar was not going to get much more complex, but the balance of flavors was about as dead even as you can get, making it one of the most consistent cigars I’ve had the pleasure of. Each puff was identical offering a very smooth, sweet and mild smoke with a rich tobacco taste. As the cigar moves deeper into its second half, woody flavors become much more apparent.
I hope you’ve enjoyed my Arturo Fuente cigar review! The Arturo Fuente Chateau Fuente is a cigar I could easily recommend to cigar smokers who are just getting into the life, as well as more experienced smokers who are looking for a yummy, affordably priced alternative to full-bodied cigars. This is a very smooth, satisfying smoke with sweet tobacco flavors and spices with a pleasing nuttiness. As I noted above, my cigar required several relights, but in fairness, it was a bit over-humidified. Even more impressive was how well the Chateau Fuente never turned bitter on me.
Any cigar smoker who is on a first name basis with Arturo Fuente cigars will tell you that, whether you smoke the mild and affordable Grand Reserva line or the highly coveted and full-bodied Fuente Fuente Opus X, it’s pretty hard to find a bad one. I second that emotion, and would add that if you have a preference for Connecticut over other wrapper leaves, start with the Arturo Fuente Chateau Fuente.
Finally, the Chateau Fuentes are hot sellers, so if you plan on buying any of the four frontmarks, be sure to grab them as soon as they arrive in stock. To learn more about Arturo Fuente cigars, check out their official site!
Arturo Fuente Chateau Natural Cigar Blend Info
Country of Origin: Dominican Republic
Wrapper: Connecticut Shade
Presentation: Boxes / Packs / Singles