Identifying a cigar series by band

Q. Is it possible to tell from the cigar’s band alone which version of a given cigar it is? For example, I have an Arturo Fuente Gran Reserva that measures about 6¾” x 44 – probably a lonsdale.I can’t tell from the CigarCyclopedia whether it’s a Don Carlos or whatever.It came with a sampler, but no further info.
– J.L. Marta in Yuba City, CA

A. Based on its measurements, the cigar you refer to is most likely the Arturo Fuente Privada #1 (shown). With regard to which series the cigar is from, with Arturo Fuente cigars you have to go by the colors of the bands. Red and green are the band colors of the their main line, Chateau, and Selecion de Oro series. Red and black are used on the Don Carlos, Hemingway (perfecto tips only) and Sun Grown lines. Also note that the Sun Grown (red/black) and Chateau (red/green) also come wrapped in cedar sleeves. BTW, I believe all Arturo Fuente bands say “Gran Reserva” on them.

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