ARTURO FUENTE Special Selection Curly Head Deluxe

6.5" x 43RG

Wrapper: Ecuador/USA/Connecticut
Binder: Dominican Republic
Filler: Dominican Republic

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Handmade in Santiago, Dominican Republic. Arturo Fuente learned the art of growing and processing tobacco and the making of premium, handmade cigars in Cuba at the end of the 19th century, producing his own line in 1912. Today, his son Carlos and grandson, Carlos, Jr. oversee the more than 500 rollers who manufacture more than 24 million cigars every year. Their line offers a medium-to-full bodied taste, with the celebrated Hemingway series a little mellower, thanks to an additional 140 days of aging. Many of the natural-wrapper cigars (including the Hemingway series) feature Cameroon leaves, with Connecticut leaf used for maduros.

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I'll make this review short and to the point.

I bought a box of these after smoking one that I got from The Tobacco Leaf in Stockton, CA. That one was probably well-aged, and smoked beautifully. I remembered it to be a fairly sturdy, thin cigar, and a medium smoke.

After getting my box delivered all the way from Florida, I broke the rules and smoked one right away. It seemed kinda dry and burned hot, like one might expect after a long summer's journey. After sitting in my humidor for a couple weeks, others were not much better. So I was a little disappointed - and didn't pull out another one until they had been resting for a couple months.

What a difference a little time in the humidor can make!

I decided to pick out two cigars for a garage smoke, while reading the newest issue of Cigar Aficionado. So I grabbed the Fuente Curly Head (which I wanted to smoke first, as it was a medium smoke) and an Onyx Reserve Mini Belicoso (rated 94 by CA, almost black, and a much spicier, fuller smoke).

After smoking the Fuente, I decided it was no longer necessary to smoke the Onyx, so I put it back. The Fuente redeemed itself so nicely... it was an unexpected surprise!

The burn was more even this time, and it took a long time to smoke. There was an element of leather, and a subdued but pronounced element of white pepper. It was definitely a medium-to-full bodied smoke, which is just what I was looking for. It was definitely Fuente tobacco.

I would give this cigar maybe a 6 out of 10, and I expect it to get a little better with age.

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Take heed my friends! Always let your stogies rest for a month or so before smoking, for best results. Don't wait until you're out of cigars before making another order, and you'll always have some nicely conditioned sticks ready for your consumption.