Cigar Reveal #137

S&T ID #137
Brand Arturo Fuente
Cigar Don Carlos
Wrapper Cameroon
Binder Dominican Republic
Filler Dominican Republic
Retail Price $14.00
Tasting Notes
sweet earth, black pepper, candied-nuts, candied-orange peel
Description A true classic from perhaps the most famous non-Cuban cigars brands of all time. Rarely do we feature cigars with Cameroon wrappers - known for their sweetness - but this is perhaps the quintessential Cameroon-wrapped cigar. Combined with Dominican binder and filler, this blend allows the sweetness of the wrapper to shine, producing rich flavor notes that taste like candied versions of themselves. The construction is flawless. And while Fuente may be best known for their bold and spicy Opus X series, this is a more subtle and nuanced blend of tobacco. The Don Carlos was named after Carlos Fuente, Sr., who passed away in 2016. It was released in 1997 and has received numerous awards, including the #6  Cigar of the Year in 2013, and the #4 Cigar of the Year in 2015 by CA. Though a classic, for those who prefer a more savory or peppery flavor profile it may not be your favorite cigar of this month.
Review #1 Cigar Aficionado
Review #1 Content (#4 Rated Cigar of 2015) 
...There was no better expression of Cameroon wrapper put to market in 2015 than that of the Don Carlos Belicoso. Its wrapper-to-filler ratios resulted in a perfect combination of the Cameroon cover leaf's sweet-and-sour properties along with the Dominican binder and filler, which gave the cigar a zesty, nutty quality full of shaved almonds and candied orange peel.The brand was named after Carlos Fuente Sr., patriarch of the Fuente family. The factory, Tabacalera A. Fuente y Cia., is the largest family-owned cigar-making operation in the premium cigar business ... The Don Carlos is said to be blended to (Carlos Fuente's) personal taste. The combination of Cameroon and Dominican tobacco has been its hallmark since the brand debuted 30 years ago. The portfolio currently has seven sizes, including a slightly larger torpedo, but there's something about the precise dimensions, ratios and combustion rate of the Belicoso that makes it stand out.They are aged for no less than a year, and the dark chocolate aroma so prevalent in the aging room certainly emanates off the cold bouquet of each cigar, and recurs on the palate as well. Refined and delicious, it's also enhanced by a nutty, sweet-and-sour finish.
Review #2 Blind Man's Puff
Review #2 Content
I want to smoke another one of these refined, delicious cigars immediately. I’m so curious to see if the flavor profile is consistent amongst other samples because if they are - it is without a singular doubt box-purchase worthy. Seek this excellent cigar out immediately before I buy them all!