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Cigar Review: Arturo Fuente Don Carlos Robusto

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The Don Carlos line is called the pride of the Fuente family. This is described as a full-bodied cigar wrapped in an oily, specially-selected Cameroon, is rich, spicy and especially toasty. The filler and binder are produced in the Dominican Republic and the wrapper in Cameroon.

A little history from Keepers of the Flame.

The Arturo Fuente Don Carlos was originally released in 1976, taken off the market when the Fuentes lost everything to the Sandinistas in Nicaragua, and re-introduced in 1986 for the European market. Rolling with 1984 crop tobacco, through spring of 1997 it was only available in two sizes (Robusto and Reserva No. 3, which was a corona extra). In an interview with Matt Matalamaki late in 1997, Carlos Fuente Jr. informed us that as of early 1997 they began using tobacco from 1986 crops and would release the Presidente, Double Robusto, Reserva No. 2, and Reserva No. 4 by summer or fall of 1998.

Country: Dominican Republic
Size: 5.25×50
Shape: Robusto
Wrapper: Cameroon
Filler: Dominican Republic
Binder: Dominican Republic
Strength: Medium
Price: $64.95 (5 sampler) Buy Now

Pre-light: This is a nice looking cigar with small veins, a nice slightly reddish color and smooth wrapper. On this particular cigar near the foot was a patch job on the wrapper. Out of five cigars this is the only one I seen. The pre-draw was perfect with a sweet tobacco taste.

The burn: The burn line was pretty good going down but needed to be corrected once and two of the wrappers split on me during the last third. The white ash held on for a good amount of time and never flaked. Very clean smoke.

The taste: This cigar has a nice sweetness to it. Nothing overpowering like a flavored smoke, just a nice sweetness that I really enjoyed. Other flavors to be found are some wood, leather, cocoa, cream and caramel all with that nice sweetness behind them. Undoubtedly a complex cigar that is very relaxing.

Over all: Fuente makes some good cigars but these stand out to me as one of the best. Though the price on these are out of my range most of the time they can be found for around $8 per stick if you search online. These are well worth the extra money and would recommend them to anyone.

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