Origin : Dominican Republic
Format : Corona Gorda
Size : 5.25 x 45
Wrapper : Cameroon
Binder : Dominican Republic
Filler : Dominican Republic
Price : $18.00 per stick at the Casa Fuente Club in Las Vegas
Originally made for the Opus X line, these cigars from Arturo Fuente are made solely for the Casa Fuente Club in the Forum Shops at Caesar’s Palace in Las Vegas.
My sister-in-law came up to me a couple of weeks ago and told me her and her Mom were going to Las Vegas together. Being that my wife and I had spent our honeymoon there and I’ve been there on business a few times, she wanted to know where to go. Even though I knew she wasn’t a cigar smoker, I told her to visit the Casa Fuente club, located in the Forum Shops in Caesar’s Palace. “Have a mojito and enjoy yourself,” I said to her. While she was there, she called up and said that she was getting me a cigar from the club. And sure enough, when she returned home, I found a Casa Fuente bag waiting for me with a Casa Fuente House Cigar inside.
Now, I have been to the club before and have smoked a few of these over the years. I even get a pilsner glass each time I visit. But for whatever reason (probably being that between the cigars and the number of Cuban drinks I take in while there), I never really get around to taking notes on the cigar. Needless to say, I was quite happy to sit down with this cigar and give it a thorough inspection.
The Hemingway's Epitaph
Taking the cigar out of the wrapper and giving it a look over, I was greeted with an attractive looking cigar. The Cameroon wrapper really helped highlight the gold and maroon ornamented band. The only flaws I found with the veiny Cameroon wrapper was two tiny spots. Perhaps moisture from traveling to the club from the factory or a flaw in the wrapper itself. It didn’t cause any issues with smoking. I also felt a soft spot in the middle of the cigar, which I think caused a couple of relights at the halfway point during the smoking time.
Using a wooden match and punch, my first draw was open and easy. Taking in the flavors for a couple of minutes, I would offer up earthy hints and an almost dull spice to the flavor palette. The spice, very soft overall, only hit the very back of the mouth. The flavors overall are a bit on the stronger side, but I can’t say for sure if I would consider this completely full bodied. A few steps back from that perhaps. A nice white smoke is the by-product from the draw, but I felt it dissipated into the room rather quickly. The ash had a more deeper gray/black tones to it and be warned: it is flaky and will easily fall. I had ash in my lap in the first ten minutes of the cigar. I’d also say that this cigar had a shorter finish than others; it didn’t stay with me as long as I thought it would.
As I mentioned earlier, I did have a couple of relights about halfway through the cigar. However, that was the entirety of the problems with the cigar. With this size, expect around a two hour smoke time.
This is a great cigar, no doubt about it. Everything except the price anyway. I will say that if you are in Vegas and you get a chance to visit the Casa Fuente Club, be sure to have one of these cigars and a drink (or several), and enjoy the atmosphere of the club. If you are able to take a few home with you, save lighting these up for a special occasion.
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