Cigar Review: Arturo Fuente Casa Cuba Doble Cuarto

Cigar Review: Arturo Fuente Casa Cuba Doble Cuarto

Arturo Fuente Cigars
Country: Dominican Republic
Wrapper: Ecuador
Binder: Dominican Republic
Filler: Dominican Republic
Size: 4 1/2 x 54
Strength: medium

 

Overall Rating: 7.6

The Arturo Fuente Casa Cuba is one of the most anticipated cigars to be released this years. Excluding extensions of existing lines, Fuente has not released a new cigar since 1995 which makes it even more peculiar that the Fuente name is nowhere on the cigar. Unfortunately for Fuente fans around the country, the Casa Cuba is (for now) only being released in the state of Florida. (Right now, the only way to get the cigar if you live outside the state is to find a Florida retailer such as Smoke Inn Cigars that ships nationwide.) Also, the whole Pre Release thing is a bit puzzling. Is it a “pre release” because it’s only being distributed in Florida or is it because the cigar is not yet read for an actual release.

In the Doble Cuarto (Short Robusto) size, the Fuente Casa Cuba makes an okay cigar for those moments when you’re short on time. Medium-bodied and even burning, the Casa Cuba is dominated a tangy spice and white pepper flavor that persists throughout the cigar. The Casa Cuba has a lot going for it in terms of construction, but comes up short in the flavor department.

Pre-light: The Fuente Casa Cuba is classic looking cigar. A leather colored wrapper is set off against a gold, cream and red band. A second black, red and gold “Pre Release 2013” band is situated just below the first. What’s odd is that nowhere on either of the two bands does it bear the name Arturo Fuente. When your name is as old and well know as the Fuente family it doesn’t really make sense not to use it.

The Casa Cuba has a leathery color to it with no noticeably prominent veins. An aroma of sweet tobacco comes from the unlit foot. The pre-light draw is extremely firm.

Burn: The draw is quite firm throughout this cigar, but it does open up as the cigar goes on. It is still a tad too firm for my tastes. The burn on the Casa Cuba is very straight from start to finish, and the beautiful white ash holds on quite well.

Flavor: Immediately upon lighting up the Fuente Casa Cuba Doble Cuatro a white pepper flavor comes on strong, but soon fades away into a tangy flavor that is hard to put a name to. In the second third the tanginess fades to the background as cedar, white pepper and spice take the forefront. At this point, the strength of the Casa Cuba is a solid medium. The tanginess come back strong in the final third. Nuts, spice, cedar and white pepper are present but tend to be overpowered by the tanginess of the cigar. Towards the final inch of the cigar, the strength picks up to the medium-full range. The Casa Cuba leaves an unpleasant aftertaste in the mouth that is bitter and hard to get rid of.

Overall: Construction and strength both seem to in line with what one would expect from Fuente, but the Casa Cuba’s tanginess and bitter aftertaste just didn’t appeal to my palette. It’s almost as if the Casa Cuba is unfinished; perhaps that’s why it says “Pre Release 2013” on the second band. The Casa Cuba Doble Cuatro is an okay little cigar for when you’re short on time, but it seems like it’s missing something. It should be interesting to see if any changes are made to the blend by the time it’s eventually released nationwide.

Pairing: My personal choice for pairing with the Casa Cuba is the Compass Box Asyla. A glass of Macallan 15, Glenlivet 12, Tobermory 10 or Compass Box Great King Street Artist’s Blend all pair well with the Fuente Casa Cuba.

Reviewed by Jonathan David (@JonDavid1210)