Cigar Review: Arturo Fuente Eye of the Shark

Cigar Review: Arturo Fuente Eye of the Shark

Arturo Fuente Cigars
Country: Dominican Republic
Wrapper: Undisclosed
Binder: Undisclosed
Filler: Undisclosed
Size: 5 3/4” x 52
Strength: medium
Price: $12.00

Overall Rating: 8.8

Fuente’s Shark vitola has become a favorite of cigar enthusiasts, because of it rarity and quality of construction. So the slightly smaller version seems the perfect shape to celebrate the 80th birthday Carlos Fuente Sr. and 30th anniversary of the Fuente Don Carlos cigar brand. The Eye of the Shark is a unique blend and not the same as the Don Carlos Private Reserve, as some people have said in the past. Medium bodied and flavorful, the Eye of the Shark is a cigar that is certain to please fans of Fuente cigars.

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Pre-Light: The Arturo Fuente Eye of the Shark is a beautiful looking cigar. Like all Fuente products the construction it top notch. It does look a bit odd, since the cigar is a bit smaller than other cigars in the Shark vitola. The Fuente band stands out nicely against the cigar’s wrapper, but the band did not fit properly around the cigar properly, and was secured with a piece of scotch tape. I have to admit, that I found this cheep piece of tape detracted from the what is otherwise an impressive looking cigar.

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There is an aroma of leather and natural tobacco to the wrapper of the Eye of the Shark. From the unlit foot of the cigar there is a mix of cranberry, spice and grass scents. An easy cold draw allows through fruity notes, and something that reminds me of Bazooka bubble gum.

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Burn: The draw on the Eye of the Shark is perfect, and allows through a good amount of smoke. The burn is a bit wavy and uneven which is a bit odd for a Fuente cigar, but it corrected itself when necessary and never required a lighter to fix.

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Flavor: The Eye of the Shark begins with some strong tanned leather and nutty notes. Subtle hints of spice, oak, grass and sweet dried fruit round out the final third. On the retrohale there is a blend of leather and spice. Some mild hints of cinnamon and sea salt occur towards the transition to the second third of the cigar. Sweetness picks up slightly in the second third, as more notes of wood, leather and nuts come through. A fruity sweetness, that is reminiscent of canned cranberry sauce, and grass remain in the background during the second half of the Fuente Eye of the Shark. A creaminess creeps in during the transition to the final third of the cigar. The last third of the cigar continues on with notes of leather, oak, spice, nuts and grass.

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Overall: The Arturo Fuente Eye of the Shark is a good cigar, but the hype surrounding it is a bit much. The cigar is very rare the cigar is, and cigar collector’s are sure to snap it up. At my local shop the regulars snapped them up almost the second they came in. While the Eye of the Shark is a good cigar, and worth picking a box up if the opportunity arrises, I’m not sure it’s worth paying the price at a shop where they mark it up way above the MSRP, like is commonly done with the Opus X and Anejo. Medium bodied Fuente fans may find it suites their tastes. Personally, I have some in my humidor. I was not blown away by the Eye of the Shark, but I found it a very enjoyable cigar. I’m not sure how it will age, but it doesn’t have the characteristics of a cigar that I typically sit down for a long period of time.

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Pairing: When pairing the Fuente Eye of the Shark, I’d suggest a woodsy single malt such as a Dalmore 12 or Jura 10. The red wine drinker will find that a glass of Cabernet of Merlot will also pair well with the Eye of the Shark.

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On a side note: As I said in the recent Moya Ruiz Finger Trap review, it irks me when companies get all super secretive about what’s in the blend (especially wrapper leaf). It’s not like they’re dealing with the nuclear launch codes. That said, Fuente has produced so many great cigars with such consistency that they’ve earned the right to do whatever they want. Though, they’ve not said what wrapper is used on the Eye of the Shark, if I had to guess I’d say that it is a Cameroon wrapper. It’s been used on other Fuente Don Carlos blends in the past, and it is very delicate. The coloring and flavor all point to Cameroon.

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Reviewed by Jonathan David (@JonDavid1210)