The Arturo Fuente Chateau Fuente is, of course, an oft-reviewed cigar. But when a cigar is this good, it deserves the extra attention. We smoked two of them for the review and, without any consultation, we found that we shared the same opinions at every point.
The wrapper is smooth with a few veins and good seams. The cap is well-seated but not round (not really a problem, but doesn’t look appealing). Feels firm to the touch but not rock hard. Cedar wrap with green ribbon foot band is quite attractive.
As good as a cigar gets. Just perfect, really.
The taste is a subtle blend of leather, earth and hint of honey and perhaps a few notes of citrus creeping in on occasion. The consistency of the smoke can be described as moderately creamy. We found it an interesting and satisfying combination of flavors –worthy of the smoker’s attention during the smoke. That is to say, the flavors aren’t flat or boring. The cigar grew more earthy with a bit of coffee notes toward the end of the smoke.
As noted in the introduction, we smoked two of these for the review. In each case, the burn was very even & tight. The ash fell only a few times during the entirety of the smoke–first time at around 1¼”. Despite the odd shape, the cap cut cleanly (guillotine). There were no problems at all with unraveling or splitting.
At a price of about $5/stick, the Chateau Fuente is difficult to beat. Btw, you can pick them up a little closer to the $4 range in a five-pack at BnBTobacco.com.
Note: B n B Tobacco was the gracious provider of these cigars. This generosity is not intended to influence the review in any way.