I have long been a fan of Arturo Fuente cigars and this robusto did not disappoint. The setting was perfect: my son had just gone to bed and I told my wife she could catch up on her favorite DVR’d shows while I enjoy some time with my thoughts and a good cigar on the smoking deck. We live out in the country, so you never know what you might encounter out there once the sun goes down. That’s the downside. The upside is that you can literally see thousands upon thousands of starts on a clear night. Last night was such a night. It seems like the clearer the sky is the clearer my head gets when I’m able to meditate with a cigar.
Here are the details of the Arturo Fuente Chateau Sun Grown Robusto:
- Size: Robusto (4.5 x 50)
- Wrapper: Ecuador
- Binder: Dominican Republic
- Filler: Dominican Republic
- Strength: Mild to Medium
I tend to look for shorter, smoother smokes at night and that’s exactly what this robusto was. The light brown wrapper was a bit oily and looked the part of a nice, mellow stogie. It was fairly firm to the touch and I opened the cap with a bullet cut. The pre-light draw left a leathery taste and an open draw. I lit the cigar with a new torch lighter that worked great in spite of a breeze. I could really sense the leathery/oily taste as I got going into the cigar. It was very smooth, very enjoyable with a nice thick creamy smoke. The ash that developed was dark gray and lasted about 1.5 inches before I tapped it off so it didn’t find its way into my lap. And when I did, I found a nice red, glowing cone. The taste started to change in the second third to more of an earthiness and just a little bit of spice on the tongue. I also noticed that the cigar was producing a lot less smoke than in the first third and the draw was tighter. Again, earthy with just a little spice. The final third of the cigar remained earthy and spicy as the draw opened back up. All in all, this was the perfect cigar to end my day. It just goes to show that a cigar can add so much to an already wonderful ambiance. I could have sat out there enjoying the night sky for hours, but smoking a cigar while doing so made the setting memorable.