This cigar, the Arturo Fuente Don Carlos Double Robusto, must have sat in my humidor for a very long time because I had completely forgotten about it. Like many cigars from the Fuentes this one is not the prettiest looking cigar ever. Holes and bumps abound on this lightly packed cigar. It is oily though.
According to the Arturo Fuente website, the tobaccos in this cigar are aged up to ten years, which at least makes the cigar more expensive (and, yes, aging cigars does help up to a point).
Length: 5 3/4″
Ring Gauge: 50
Binder: Dominican Republic
Filler: Dominican Republic
First set of thoughts: Good draw with some good flavors. Second set of thoughts: Smooth smoke with notes of sweet oak and heavy cream. Third set of thoughts: Medium bodied cigar with a foul aftertaste that is best described as just being harsh.
Alright, after about an inch that aftertaste largely goes away and lets the flavors, which are actually very strong despite this being a medium bodied cigar, take over. That creaminess is most evident in my mouth but is also clear in the retrohale (exhaled smoke out of my nose). There are also some spicy elements with this cigar as well. Nothing overbearing – a subtle spice that buttresses the dominant cream and oak flavors.
Around the halfway point the smoothness mentioned earlier adds on some wildness, which isn’t always a bad thing. Although, with this cigar, it is a slight negative.
One thing that I cannot say about this cigar is that it is not boring. It may not be a truly great cigar but, for my tastes, it’s well above average. And then….
About three quarters of the way through the cigar that foul aftertaste comes back with a vengeance. It tastes a lot like an overly charred piece of steak. While it definitely is not one of the worst flavors I have tasted in a cigar it does detract from my overall experience. One last note before I finish this review: a sweet floral note enters the mix after the three-quarter mark.