Curly Head

Review: Arturo Fuente Curly Head

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When I received these in the mail from Texcigars.com the first thing I thought was man how could Fuente make a such an ugly cigar. This stogie look rustic, like something John Wayne would be puffing on. Then I research the price on these, I see you can find these as low as $60 per box of 40. That scares me, a Fuente for $1.50 a stick? The Fuente line is not known for crap cigars, they are known to be one of the finest around. I have never smoked a fuente cigar that I have not liked so I hope this turns out the same. It is reportedly a cigar rolled using the scraps from the more expensive brands produced by Fuente. It is also, by definition, a “medium filler” cigar because it is rolled from premium cigar scraps.

Country: Dominican Republic
Length/Ring: 6 1/2 x 43
Shape: Lonsdale
Wrapper: Claro
Strength: Mild

Review Arturo Fuente Curly Head 001.jpgPre-light: As I say above this is a rugged looking cigar with a uncut foot. The wrapper hangs over the binder and filler that covers the inside tobacco. I don’t want to use the term loose here but it feels a little squishy. The wrapper itself looks rustic with a some small veins. These cigars have no band and come in cellophane A. Fuente printed on it. A very simple looking cigar.

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1/3 After cutting the cigar the light went well but the burn was off right off the burn had a small run but quickly corrected itself to a straight on the mark burn. This cigar is mild with lots of smoke and it has a very pleasant smell to it as the smoke floats through the room. The burn stayed straight and the ash hangs in.

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2/3 Not much to report here, still very mild and it is burning well. Great smoke as I sit here and watch the Sopranos.

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Finish: Again not much to report here, it gets a little bitter toward the end because it started to collect the moister from your mouth.

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Overall: I like this cigar even though it is considered a “medium filler” cigar. Even though you can tell by the feel of this cigar I could not tell while smoking it, in fact I didn’t even know until after I smoked it. I think the Macanudo smokers will enjoy this cigar when the funds are a little low and it is a good starter cigar for people just getting into the cigar hobby. I will keep some of these on hand for yard work, the golf course and morning fishing trips. For around $1.50 each I believe them to be a good deal.

These were sent out to members of the Cigar Beat Forum for a group review and here are some of the things the guys had to said.

mic0n says:

Pleasantly surprised… When i received them,they needed a little humi work, but after a week in the humi, i pulled it out tonight, and lit it up.. Same as Vince, it was a little uneven on the burn, but QUICKLY corrected it self.. ive been going at this bad boy for about 45 mins now, and i havent once had to relight, VERY IMPRESSED… it defiantly had a “cheap” look to it when I received them, but hey for 63 bucks for 40, id buy them anyday.

Definatly a mild smoke.. I have had a consitant burn the whole way down.. and i went with a caparini, to drink with it…

DcnCan says:

Hmmm.. Surprise, surprise! I do like mild cigars! I had forgotten just how pleasant a mild smoke in the early afternoon could be. And the curly head is certainly one to enjoy.

The burn started off uneven but righted within an inch, the wrapper has an intriguing sweetness to it, not overpowering or obtrusive, generally a nice lingering on the lips sweetness…

The smoke was abundant even though the draw was a little on the tight side. It wasn’t an eventful cigar but it was very consistent with the wrapper sweetness hanging in there and the volume of smoke, light maple in flavor, the curly head is an excellent cigar for the money. I was also surprised that it produced over an hour of smoking pleasure.

Carl_H says:

Upon initial inspection, I noticed a nice rustic look and feel. The wrapper was rough with a large vein in the binder showing through the wrapper. The cigar was firm with no soft spots. There was also a slight bow or curve to the cigar. The foot did have a fold-over on one side.

A quick easy cut of the head reveled a slight tightness in the draw. Even with the fold-over of the foot I got a good even light. The first puffs gave a great tobacco taste. Something about the smell and flavor immediately brought back memories of my grandfather. I’m not sure why because I don’t remember him ever smoking a cigar. He rolled his on cigarettes with tobacco from a Prince Albert can. He died of lung cancer when I was young. One of my fondest memories of him was gathering around the radio listening to the boxing matches and him rolling his cigarettes. He would pour the tobacco onto the little white paper, roll it up, then lick the paper to moisten it so it would all hold together.

This cigar was mild with a very nice smoothness. About a third of the way into the cigar it developed a barnyard straw taste at a point where it had a rough burn spot. I let it rest in the ashtray a little longer than usual between puffs and the burn corrected itself and the straw taste went away. The draw eased up a bit and the cigar went back to its original smooth tobacco taste.

I smoked the Curly Head down to the nub. I really enjoyed this smoke and the trip down memory lane.

Then I grabbed the second Curly Head. Like the fist one, it too had a rustic look, was firm, and the foot was folded-over all the way around. This Curly Head had an excellent draw and very easy light.

Like the first one, it had a slight sweetness and mild tobacco taste. I sat back and enjoyed this smoke for a while before I started writing this review. Overall this is a great mild smoke. I truly enjoyed both of them. I will defiantly be adding a box of these to my humidor. When my son and son-in-laws come to town, they want to enjoy a cigar with me, but always ask for something mild. I now know the perfect cigar for them!

I would like to thank Texcigars again for sending these out to try.

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