Price – Submitted by Famous Smoke Shop (5 pack for $28.99 at Famous Smoke Shop)
Beverage – Dunkin Donuts Coffee (Black)
Size – Double Corona (6 3/4 X 50)
Strength – Demi (2/4)
Rating – Expendables (8/10)
Wrapper – Connecticut Broadleaf
Binder/Filler – Dominican
I can’t remember the last time I smoked a Fuente that wasn’t an Opus or an Anejo (I think it was the King T that I previously reviewed), so when Famous asked us to review the Double Chateau, I was excited. Here are my thoughts:
1) Great burn, excellent construction, however the draw was a little tight at points.
2) Solid to upper level Demi. I was able to smoke this after a bagel and banana breakfast, iffy, but I ended up alright. Also, black coffee with this cigar really hit the spot for fellow coffee drinkers.
3) I tasted a little sweetness, almost licorice like along with some pepper.
4) My smoke time was one hour and 35 minutes.
Now to the two questions:
Would I smoke it again? Yes
Would I give it humidor space? Yes, and this stick is borderline box worthy. If not box worthy, picking up a 5er at under $6 is a no brainer (good thing for me because I don’t like thinking).
Today it seems that the Tatuajes, Crowned Heads, Drew Estates and the like are stealing a lot of the headlines with their great cigars and in many cases, rightfully so. If those are the Ferraris, Lambos, and Porsches, then smoking a Fuente is like pulling up to a get together in a resto-modded 1967 Chevelle SS. It may not have the flash or hip factor (Opus excluded here), but it no doubt screams of a BOTL/SOTL knowing their cigars. As mentioned above, the price point in conjunction with the taste and quality makes this a great smoke at an excellent value. Do yourself a favor and get the Chateau Maduro as a go to humidor staple. The cigar stalwart delivers again with the Chateau.