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My Weekend Cigar – Nov. 6, 2017: Arturo Fuente Don Carlos

MY WEEKEND CIGAR: Arturo Fuente Don Carlos Cigar Review

By Gary Korb

A Sensational Special Occasion Cigar

Sidle-up to the bar and join me for a really classic smoke. The Arturo Fuente Don Carlos Robusto is a special occasion cigar of modest proportions, yet offers an epic flavor profile.


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Country of Origin: Dominican Republic
Size: 5″ x 50
Strength: Medium-Plus
Wrapper: African Cameroon
Filler & Binder: Vintage Dominican-grown tobaccos aged up to 10 years

My Experience: When I wrote my first review of this cigar in 2008, I wrote, This was a real finger burner that I will not soon forget” – and I didn’t. Every Don Carlos Robusto I’ve had since has been every bit just as exquisite, causing me to classify it as a “special occasion” smoke. Recently, I celebrated another birthday, signaling it was time for a Don Carlos. Pairing it with a mug of coffee at Leaf Cigar Bar during the afternoon, I admired this 5-inch by 50-ring, Cameroon-clad beauty in anticipation of its rich, mellow flavor and aroma. Once lit, it didn’t take long for all those perfectly-aged tobaccos to work their magic, issuing caramelized flavors of sweet spice, cedar, toasted almonds and Cubanesque floral notes. My journey carried-on without even having to think about how good it was – and THAT’S when you know you’re smoking a really pleasurable cigar.

Suffice it to say . . . This exceptional smoke paired beautifully with my coffee (I was waiting for nightfall to celebrate with something stronger). What gets me is how this cigar has remained under $10 all these years – especially in the box and 5-pack. In my opinion, it’s not only one of the world’s great cigars, but the Arturo Fuente Don Carlos is also a great buy.

arturo fuente don carlos cigar review robusto buyIf you’ve had an experience with this cigar, please leave a comment or share a similar experience.


Gary Korb

Gary Korb

Executive Editor

Gary Korb has been writing and editing content for 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.

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