Origin : Dominican Republic
Format : Figurado
Size : 6 x 55
Wrapper : African Cameroon
Filler : Dominican Republic
Binder : Dominican Republic
Price : $11.00 – $13.00 each
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Created by Don Carlos Fuente, Sr., and rolled at Tabacalera A. Fuente in the Dominican Republic, the Don Carlos No. 2 is claimed to still be one of the finest cigars on the market. Being released to the public in 1997 and said to have vintage aged tobacco (10 years) these cigars are typically difficult to come across. The Don Carlos line consists of seven different sizes each available in boxes of 25:
- No. 4: 5 1/8 x 43 (previously reviewed here);
- Robusto: 5 1/4 x 50;
- Belicoso: 5 3/8 x 52;
- No. 3: 5 1/2 x 44;
- Double Robusto: 5 3/4 x 52;
- No. 2: 6 x 55;
- Presidente: 6 1/2 x 50 (previously reviewed here).
The first thing I noticed about this cigar was the very pointed tip on the cap. The wrapper was a beautiful oily brown with little to no veins. There was one black spot located near the foot of the cigar and with further inspection I found glue reminisces all over the top/cap of the cigar and some near the foot. The band was a typical Arturo Fuente band with red and gold embroidery. I was unable to detect anything worth noting in the pre-light smell however the cold draw parted me with heavy mint and tea notes. Hmmm, this could be interesting.
Pre-light score: 7 pts.
The first third of my Arturo Fuente Don Carlos No. 2 was very sweet and woodsy. This medium bodied start had a perfect draw and velvet smoke that burned quickly into the start of the second third.
Heading into the second third the cigar tended to burn uneven but produced a wonderfully white brittle ash with some gray tones throughout. The cigar turned leathery into the second third and the uneven burn continued. Again it seemed as if this cigar was burning very quickly so I had to better pace myself in order to fully enjoy the aged tobacco flavor at the end of this third.
With only the final third to go the Don Carlos No. 2 was heading for victory in my book. The cigar’s outstanding effortless draw helped the cigar find its way back to the woodsy undertone with primary taste being nutty. The Don Carlos No. 2 started out medium bodied but ended mild/medium.
Smoking score: 9 pts.
This cigar is a truly great example of what Arturo Fuente cigars is all about. I personally tend to enjoy the Don Carlos line more than the Opus X as I find them to be more consistent. The Don Carlos No. 2 showed great complexity and class. If I could change anything about this experience it’s that the cigar would have burned slower. It took me roughly an hour to smoke this cigar and typically a cigar this size takes me anywhere from ninety minutes to one hundred and twenty minutes to finish. My suggestion is, if you can find these cigars don’t hesitate to buy them, in fact… stock up!
Overall Experience score: 9 pts.
Arturo Fuente Don Carlos No.2 Rating
Pre-Light: 7 pts.
Smoking: 9 pts.
Overall Experience: 9 pts.