Arturo Fuente Double Chateau Sungrown Review

Jan

13

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Brand: Arturo Fuente Cigars

Series: Chateau Series – Double Chateau Sun Grown

Size: 6 ¾” X 50 ring (toro)

Origin: Dominican wrapper, binder and filler

Price Paid: Approx $8.00 US

Paired With: Water and black coffee

 

Fuente Double Chateau 1

Construction:

My Double Chateau had a slightly rumpled medium brown wrapper, and the cap was a little baggy compared to what I normally see with Fuente cigars. The unlit foot had a fantastic ruby port smell to it, and this carried through into the cold draw.

 

Fuente Double Chateau 2

First Third:

The Double Chateau started off smooth and full flavoured. A thick mouth feel and waves of smoke brought earth, plum, and a slight malt character to my morning cigar session.  I was quite impressed that there was no warm up period for my palate with the Double Chateau, as it just hit me with flavor right away.  A very mild peppery finish rounded out the first third.  The burn was very good, and the strength and draw were both medium.

 

Fuente Double Chateau 3

Second Third:

The second third stayed smooth, with a thick mouth feel. A chocolate taste found it’s way into the finish, and the pepper character from early on disappeared.  A slightly woody taste was also in there somewhere.  The draw and strength remained medium, and the burn was excellent.  It’s worth noting that by the second third, just a few puffs caused this toro to start pouring out smoke.

DoubleChateau4

Final Third:

Well over an hour into my Double Chateau, the flavours started to flatten out a little. This is normal with a larger cigar that’s been smoked for an hour and a half or more, and also has a bit to do with the palate.  The malt character that I noted early on was in and out, and the cigar became less earthy / chocolate-ish and more woody.  The burn remained excellent to the end.  Draw and strength stayed medium.

Overall:

I was happy overall with the Fuente Double Chateau Sun Grown in the Toro size. While the cigar didn’t blow my mind, it didn’t disappoint me either.  Distinct, earthy flavours were delivered fairly consistently with an excellent burn and decent draw.  The Double Chateau also burned for over an hour and a half, even when smoked fairly aggressively, so bear that in mind if you’re thinking of starting your day with one.  Would I recommend this cigar?  Yes. It’s hard to argue with a well made toro for $8 – ish US.  The size and stronger character might be a bit much of you’re more of a casual smoker though.  Would I buy another?  Perhaps for someone else to try, or in a smaller vitola, but I wasn’t wowed enough to do the toro size again.

 

Rock out,

-Matt


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