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BLIND Arturo Fuente Don Carlos Review

BLIND Arturo Fuente Don Carlos Review

Wrapper: Cameroon

Binder: Dominican

Filler: Dominican

Vitola: Belicoso (5 3/8 x 52)

Purchase LinkArturo Fuente Don Carlos Belicoso

Blind Arturo Fuente Don Carlos Review


Summary:  The wrapper is toothy and mottled, so I hope the band reflects that "old world" look.  Coriander on the cold draw.  Leather, dry wood, and cream.  Orange citrus and cloves brighten things up.  While the flavors sound enjoyable, the mouthfeel is a tad on the dry side.

More orange as I start the second third.  The wrapper is cracking slightly, but there are no signs of it unraveling.  Pumpkin?  Huh.

For the final third, I'm reaching to find tasting notes.  Just not for my palate.

If You Like That, You Might Like This:  Old clocks.

Pairing Suggestion:  Strong rum.

Purchase Recommendation to a Friend:  Single.


Blind Fuente Don Carlos Review at Small Batch Cigar



Summary:  This cigar brings a lot of woody flavors - cedar and oak. Chocolate, hay, cream, light pepper, and citrus also make appearances. Early on, I’m reminded of chocolate cheesecake. That fades quickly and wood dominates. The cigar becomes dry.

The draw gave no issues at all. The burn got quite uneven at times.

If You Like That, You Might Like This:  Lots of woody notes.

Pairing Suggestion:  Sweet Tea.

Purchase Recommendation to a Friend:  Single.


Blind Cigar Reviews at SmallBatchCigar



Summary:  I like the weight of this cigar in my hand.  Feels perfectly packed.  Oak, toasted almond, green apple, and mild baking spices start this trip...smoke is very light and wispy.  The profile is very light.  Not what I expected.  Starting to get some some sweet notes long in the finish.  Sorta feels like this cigar hit the snooze button.

Midway mark...this stick just woke up!  Smoke is rolling and the profile is more pronounced as well. Toasted almonds with cinnamon, mild oak, mild floral notes and a caramel like sweetness in the retro hale.  There’s also a slightly spicy leather finish on the palate that’s pretty nice.

Final portion finds this cigar drifting back into la-la land.  Mild wood and leather flavors with just a hint of under-ripened green apple.  Smoke is having to be coaxed along.

If You Like That, You Might Like This:  Finding your favorite ball game food in stock at the store...only to remember there’s no baseball.

Pairing Suggestion:  Any session beer.

Purchase Recommendation to a Friend:  Single.


Participants in this blind review were completely unaware of the cigar they were evaluating until all submissions were received and processed. Each participant was asked to answer a summary paragraph, an if/than statement, a pairing suggestion, and a purchase suggestion. Cigars were provided by Small Batch with only the expectations of candid responses. All pictures, information, and formatting were completed by a Coordinator outside of the reviewing process. 


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5/24/2020 8:08 AM
Love these blind reviews! Everyone raves about this cigar but nice to see everyone felt it was just meh.
5/24/2020 8:49 AM
lol thanks for reading Chris!
5/24/2020 11:19 AM
Lines up pretty well with my impression of the Don Carlos Belicoso. Love me some Fuente, but most of the DC line, including the Eye of the Shark, just aren't for my palate.  The Edición de Aniversario, however, is one of my all-time favorites.