Cigar Review: Arturo Fuente King T Rosado

Cigar Review: Arturo Fuente King T Rosado

Arturo Fuente Cigars
Country: Dominican Republic
Wrapper: Ecuador (Rosado Sun Grown)
Binder: Dominican Republic
Filler: Dominican Republic
Size: 7” x 49
Strength: mild-medium to medium
Price: $11.98

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Overall Rating: 8.0

Rumor has it that the Fuente King T Rosado began as a mistake when someone at the factory accidentally used the rosado wrapper instead of the Connecticut shade wrapper on the King T. I find that a bit hard to believe, but it does make a good story. The King T Rosado has all the looks and construction that Fuente has become known for, however it does lack the flavor that I was expecting from this cigar. Fans of Fuente will still certainly find the King T to their liking.


Pre-Light: The Fuente King T Rosado Sun Grown comes in a shiny red tube that is missing some of the charm of the original two tone black & white of the King T. The shade of red on the tube just seems unusually bright. There is a unsightly bright lime green on the underside of band that just doesn’t seem to harmonize well with the look of the cigar, although the red foot-band seems to make up for this a little.


The Ecuadorian Sun Grown Rosado wrapper is an impressive reddish brown, is extremely smooth and is lacking any prominent veins. The King T Rodado Sun Grown is a beautiful cigar. Leather and oak are noticeably present in the pre-light aroma.


Burn: One thing about Fuente is that the construction is always excellent, and the King T Rosado Sun Grown is no exception. The burn line is very even throughout. A beautiful white light grey ash holds onto this cigar exceptionally well. The draw is just right for a cigar like this, and it really opens up in the second half of the cigar.


Flavor: Upon lighting up the Fuente King T Rosado there is a strong flavor of warm spices and dogwood. The spice really dominates the first third with cedar, dogwood, honey and a slight nuttiness in the background. As the second third of the cigar gets going the cigar the spice, dogwood and nuttiness is joined by a very mild pepper. Towards the end of the second third the King T Rosado begins to develop a lingering background charcoal that just gets stronger as the cigar progresses. The final third sees the nuttiness develop as the spice disappears into a chalkiness that makes it hard to want to finish this cigar.


Overall: Like almost all Fuente cigars, the King T Rosado is a well made and good looking cigar.  I’m looking for new tubed cigars for the golf course or when out on the boat, so I had big hopes for this cigar. It has the Fuente hallmarks of quality looks and construction, but unfortunately, the chalkiness that dominates during the second half of the cigar made this one that doesn’t quite fit my tastes. The King T Rosado will please fans of Arturo Fuente cigars.


Pairing: When pairing the Fuente King T Rosado, I’d suggest a peaty Islay single malt such as an Ardbeg, Laphroig or Lagavulin. The peatiness helps to emphasize the wood notes of the cigar while mitigating some of the chalkiness.


Reviewed by Jonathan David (@JonDavid1210)