I don’t normally start my cigar reviews talking about my wife, but she’s relevant to the story so stay with me.
Truth be told, my cigar habits are pretty boring. Having enjoyed them now for going on 25 years, I know what I like and I tend to stick to it for my “daily driver” cigar, my “yard work” cigar, and when I occasionally go upscale.
Old habits die hard I guess.
That’s where my wife comes in. She buys me cigars for pretty much every occasion throughout the year that requires some sort of greeting card. And I don’t think in all these years of her doing that she’s bought me the same one twice. So that way I get to sample a bunch of different cigars every year.
I asked her once several years ago how she selects them, because the ones she comes home with are always were unique looking in one way or another. When I asked her about her selection “process”, she said she always picks the ones that are the most interesting in the way they look or the way they’re packaged.
I thought that was intriguing, because I had never cared about that until she mentioned it. But since then I’ve started to notice.
Which brings me to my review of the Arturo Fuente Chateau Fuente Sun Grown Queen B torpedo.
It is flat out a beautiful cigar that is in turn beautifully packaged. From the classic red and gold Arturo Fuente Casa Reserva label to the cedar wrap to the band of red ribbon at the bottom.
It’s definitely a cigar that my wife would pick. And when I got them I was hoping that they would smoke as good as they looked. And I was not disapponted.
The guys over at Famous-Smoke.com describe them like this:
Arturo Fuente Chateau Fuente Queen B cigars are touted as some of the best on the market by avid cigar connoisseurs. These small batch offerings use well-aged Dominican longfillers and a naturally sweet Ecuardorian Sun Grown wrapper for a pleasant aroma and full flavor that is nothing short of astounding.
I smoked three of them over the past week and I have to say that I mostly agree. This is a very good cigar. Let me run down my evaluation of the four categories:
This cigar had a good taste – I give it a 87/100. Fuente describes this as one of their most bold in terms of taste, but I found to be on the bold or full bodied side of medium. Because of the cedar wrapper it had an earthy/cedar taste that was quite pleasant and not the least bit boring. The reason I docked it a few points was that it burned a bit hot, but not so hot that impacted my enjoyment.
Construction and Draw
This cigar was absolutely flawless. Each of the torpedos was perfect and I had no issues at all with the draw on any of them. I give them a 100/100 in this category.
Consistency and Appearance
This is another hot button for me, because I have seen some glaring inconsistencies in cigars from the same box over the past few months. Talk about frustrating.
But again, each of the ones I smoked was flawless in appearance and consistency. They looked and smoked exactly the same, and each was a pleasing 45 minute smoke. I give them a 99/100.
I added this category to my reviews a while back because I started to get some really inconsistent burns on some cigars – to the extent that with several of them I had to relight them constantly. And if you enjoy cigars as much as I do, you understand how a re-light can impact the flavor of a good cigar.
I know I’m sounding like a broken record, but in terms of burn these again were flawless. Each of them burned perfectly, and I experimented with the last one and let the ash grow until it fell off. It was the longest ash I’ve ever experienced, and I had to remove the label before the ash finally dropped off. The ash was easily 3/4 of the cigar before if did – in my lap of course. I give them an 100/100.
Overall my rating on this cigar is a 96.5. Definitely an excellent experience.
Not only is it a good smoke, they’re also a great deal. You can pick them up for only $5.95 per stick from the folks over at Famous-Smoke.com. You should definitely give them a try!
ARTURO FUENTE SUN GROWN CHATEAU FUENTE QUEEN B
Size: 5 1/2 x 52
Country: Dominican Republic
Wrapper Color: Natural
Wrapper Origin: Connecticut
Wrapper Leaf: Connecticut