Size: 6-3/4 x 50 Double Corona
Wrapper: Ecuadorian Sun Grown
Binder and Filler: Dominican
Price: ~ $6.00 USD each
Behind The Stick:
The Fuente family traces its roots to Cuba where the Patriarch of the family, Arturo Fuente, was born.Â Â Â Â In 1906 Arturo immigrated to Key West FloridaÂ & in 1912 he beganÂ producing cigars bearing his name at a factory in famed Ybor City.Â Â Â With ventures to Nicaragua & then the Domenican Republic the Fuente’s have become one of the most respected names inÂ the cigar industry.Â Â Today the family business is guided by Arturo’s son & grandson Carlos Sr. &Â Carlos Jr.Â Â Â Â Â
Most of the hypeÂ associated with FuenteÂ cigars todayÂ is focused on theÂ powerful Fuente Fuente Opus X line. WithÂ an increased demand for full bodied cigars combined with regular high ratings in Cigar Aficionado magazine, the Opus X has become theÂ most talked aboutÂ line within the FuenteÂ portfolio. The Fuente’s also haveÂ otherÂ blends like the Hemmingway, Don Carlos &Â Anejo within the premium cigar category & price point. However, the Fuente’s certainly haven’t neglected those of us who can’t afford to smoke and Opus X or Hemmingway as part of our everyday rotation. The Arturo Fuente Gran Reserva line is the meat and potatoes line that the Fuente name was built on & it rightfully bears the name of the man who started it all. Available in an African Cameroon, Connecticut Shade & Ecuadorian Sun Grown wrapper it is the sun grownÂ that isÂ touted as the sweeter & more full bodied of the three and it can be easily distinguished by the blackÂ band on the label and at the foot of the cigar.Â Available in a robusto, belicoso, cuban belicoso, torpedo and double corona the Sun Grown is reasonably priced, ranging from about $4.50 for the robusto up to $7.50 for the belicoso.Â Today I have chosen the double corona size to review so let’s get right to it.
First off let me say that is is a big stick! I know that in today’s cigar world the big guns can easily be found in 6×60’s & 7×60’s but the 6-3/4 x 50 double corona is still a lot of cigar. Once I removed the cedar sleeve that covered the cigar from band to foot I discovered a couple large veins on an otherwise gorgeous deep brown wrapper. The cigar feels heavy in my hand and doesn’t give very much at all when I squeeze it.Â TheÂ foot shows nicely packedÂ long filler & the body of the cigar has noÂ obvious imperfections that would give me any reason to deduct marks at this point. Not bad when you consider the price point & size of this Fuente.
This cigarÂ came to life right out of the gate with flavors ofÂ dark chocolate, leatherÂ andÂ nuts thatÂ were balanced by an underlying sweetness.Â Â The smokeÂ produced by each puffÂ filled the air with a fantastic sweet tobacco aroma that made me think instantly ofÂ pipe smoke.Â Additional hints ofÂ coffee & leather could also be detected as I smoked into the mid point of the cigar. In the final thirdÂ of the cigar I regularly enjoyed a greatÂ buttery/nutty flavor that put a strong finish toÂ the whole experience.Â The underlying sweetness is what really brought the entire package together for me.Â I can only describe it as a molasses flavor, always in the background,Â that worked beautifully toÂ maintainÂ a cohesive profile whileÂ the other flavors took turns at various stages.
At a price point of $6 per cigar I consider the Arturo Fuente Sun Grown Double Chateau Fuente an excellent value. The construction is good andÂ the flavor profile offersÂ a classic sun grown sweetness asÂ the backdrop for a very enjoyable medium bodied smoke that shifts gears enough to keep things interesting. The 6-3/4 x 50 double corona size doesÂ requires a bit of a commitment to smoke, averaging about 1.5hrs smoke time for the 4 sticks IÂ enjoyed for this review.Â Â Â
If you love Fuente quality but don’t want to pay Opus X prices than you can’t go wrong with these sun grown beauties. With a box of 20 available as low as $90 from some online retailers I think I just might pull the trigger onÂ these fantastic Fuente’s and still have some cash left to take the wife out for dinner on Saturday night!