Cigar Ratings & Reviews

Arturo Fuente Cigar Review

arturo fuente cigar review
Cigar expert Gary Korb provides his Arturo Fuente cigar review

Introduction

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.

arturo fuente cigars
The Chateau Fuente Natural is one of the most popular Fuentes, making it a perfect choice for the Arturo Fuente cigar review

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.

Conclusion

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
Strength:  Medium
Wrapper: Connecticut Shade
Filler:  Dominican
Binder:  Dominican
Presentation: Boxes / Packs / Singles

Gary Korb

Gary Korb

Executive Editor

Gary Korb has been writing and editing content for CigarAdvisor.com since its debut in 2008. An avid cigar smoker for over 30 years, during the past 12 years he has worked on the marketing side of the premium cigar business as a Sr. Copywriter, blogger, and cigar reviewer. A graduate of the Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University, prior to his career in the cigar business, Gary worked in the music and video industry as a marketer and a publicist.

Show all Gary Korb's Articles
master blenders klaas kelner davidoff cigars interview cacover

CA Master Blenders Video Podcast: Klaas Pieter Kelner, Davidoff Brand Ambassador

His father is one of the cigar industry’s legendary master blenders; Avo was his adopted uncle, he knows the cigar business inside and out. He’s also just a really nice guy: Klaas Pieter Kelner, Davidoff Cigars Brand Ambassador, who talks with us about growing up at the heart of the business, the appreciation of a fine cigar, and more

Read More
Davidoff 702 Special R cigar review MWC CACover

My Weekend Cigar: Apr. 2, 2018 – Davidoff 702 Aniversario Special R

A definitive Davidoff: rich taste and remarkable complexity, along with an amazing Habano hybrid seed...it's the Davidoff 702 Special R, part of their coveted Aniversario series, and it was my weekend cigar! Read my short review and get the tasting notes, so you can see why you should smoke a special cigar like this...
Read More
2018 punch cigars guide punch cigar review cacover

2018 CA Report: The Essential Cigar Advisor Guide to Punch Cigars

Punch Cigars have a rich, bold pedigree that goes back to 1800s Cuba, and as one of the first premium brands established in Honduras. Now, ALL 9 cigars in the Punch lineup have been treated to full Advisor reviews, included here in one comprehensive guide - so you can discover and choose the Punch that's right for you.
Read More
CA Cover Anniversary Cigars

2017 CA Report: Top Ten Anniversary Cigars

A cigar is a celebration – and we’re featuring 10 special smokes that honor the craft, their family and their companies in this Anniversary cigars report!
Read More