February 12, 2014

Arturo Fuente Casa Cuba Pre-Release 2013 toro (6 x 52)

Video review HERE.

Wrapper: Ecuadorian
Binder: Dominican
Filler: Dominican

This is one of the newest Fuente cigars. While it is a normal production cigar it is only available to retailers who purchase 25 boxes or more of Fuente product, which is the same way with the Opus X line.

Casa Cuba is available in four sizes; 5×50 Robusto, 5 ¼ x44 Corona, 6×52 Toro, and a 4 ½ x52.

The cigar has a nice feel in the hand. It is a lighter shade of a medium brown color. The cigar is finished with a triple cap.

The cigar has a nice density.

The test draw after cutting the cap was a bit firm but workable. The first flavors at light up were a very sweet cedar with some effervescence, dry oak, and coffee. The finish has a lot of dry oak and light cream in a 60/40 split. The pepper is rated at a 7 and it appears to be black pepper. 

About an inch in the cedar is very sweet and seems to have a little citrus mixed in. It is very tangy. There is also some light cocoa. The wood notes are now noticed primarily on the finish. There is still underlying coffee. There is now some nice lingering pepper on the finish. The finish is still dry wood and cream but they are about even at this point. The cigar is medium bodied at best.

About 2 inches in and the ash is very tight with no splintering. The cedar is still very sweet with underlying cocoa. The flavors are so sweet they mix to remind me of a nice cherry flavor. The dry oak are now again on the front end. The finish is now a toasted cream, almost caramel aspects on the cream. The cigar is still medium bodied. 

Close to the midpoint the ash is still intact! The cigar has lost a lot of the cocoa notes. The cedar is still the main flavor and it still has good sweetness. The dry wood is an underlying flavor and the coffee is still the base. There are a lot of dry oak notes on the finish. You can describe the finish as a dry oak and cream, or a toasted cream, or a lightly caramelized cream. The cigar is still medium bodied.

The ash finally fell off at the 4" point! It remained intact until just before the upper band. Quite impressive. 

The cigar ended with notes of the sweet cedar, dry oak, and a coffee base. The pepper remained very good between a 6 and 7 throughout. The finish remained constant. The cigar ended medium bodied at best. This cigar is all about sweet cedar and dry oak. These cigars are not easy to find but when you do they are worth your time to smoke. Good cigar.

Score: 90

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