The Arturo Fuente Casa Fuente Belicos Finos came to me by way of an extremely generous Reddit /r/cigars Secret Santa. I let it rest for almost 9 months before smoking it.
This particular Arturo Fuente cigar has notes of barnyard and sweet hay. Even with more careful examination I wasn’t able to pick up anything else.
Arturo Fuente Casa Fuente Belicos Finos has an orange ribbon at the foot, which is how you can distinguish different lines of Fuente cigars. There are some water spots present on the wrapper, but I suspect they came some time after the original purchase. This particular cigar is a Belicos Finos vitola measuring 5 5/8” by 52 ring gauge.
What makes this cigar quite unique is that you can only purchase the Casa Fuente line from the Casa Fuente Store located at in the Forum Shops at Caesar’s Palace Las Vegas, Nevada. Knowing that this cigar can only be picked up in one locale, just makes this an even more unique and generous gift for Christmas.
The initial third starts off with some sweet hay, and the sweetness lingers post-draw with some grassy notes. The flavors are largely dominated with sweet hay and grass until the halfway point where some rich nutty flavors mix in.
The flavors start to expand for the middle third. There’s some light leather post-draw, but primarily still sweet hay and grass. At the midway point some earthy notes start to creep into the flavor profile.
As the middle closes out the earth falls in strength.
Quite earthy in the last third, but not overpowering. At one point I pick up some subtle floral notes breaking through.
Even with a small v-cut the draw is excellent. The burn is also excellent and the ash holds on extremely well. Total smoking time was just over 1 hour 30 minutes.
The value here is going to be highly subjective. The Casa Fuente Belicos Finos are limited to only one B&M, and that location is considered widely to be part of the ‘Vegas experience’. As such you can expect to pay about $23 for a single or about $575 for a box of 25. Is it priced at a premium? Yes, but given the rarity of these sticks I would personally pick some singles up if I was in the neighborhood.
The Arturo Fuente Casa Fuente Belicos Finos is a highly enjoyable cigar from start to finish. The flavor profile is balanced throughout the entire smoking experience and had me enjoying this right down to my finger tips. While the price is definitely into the super premium category, it’s hard to argue the quality and the fact that you’re taking part in a special experience at the Casa Fuente Store.