Review: Arturo Fuente Casa Fuente Belicos Finos

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.

 

 

Nose:

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.

Construction:

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. 

 

 

 

Flavor:

First Third

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.

Middle Third

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.

Last Third

Quite earthy in the last third, but not overpowering.   At one point I pick up some subtle floral notes breaking through.

Burn/Draw:

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.

Value:

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.

Final Word:

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. 

 


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Comment by Fourkicksfan on November 1, 2013 at 8:29am

Thanks for the review! As a honest question, now that you've had the experience of enjoying the Casa Fuente, and let's be honest, there is some allure to at least trying it once, would you pay this price tag again when you could get other super premiums at or even for a shade less, that are just out of this world? Don't get me wrong, I too have and wanted to partake in the CV experience, but more and more I just find myself stearing away from Store exclusives with extreme price tags. So many stellar smokes IMO with much lower price tags. Anyways awesome review!

Comment by Catfishbluezz on November 1, 2013 at 8:29am

Still never been to Casa Fuente...  I think every time i am there, I stay away, knowing my wallet will get crushed.


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Comment by Cigar Surgeon on November 1, 2013 at 8:56am

would you pay this price tag again when you could get other super premiums at or even for a shade less

Probably both.  The next time I'm in Vegas I'll likely get 2 of these.  One to give away as a gift and one to set in the humidor for a special occasion.  

Would I buy these from a B&M if they were a regular product?  No, the price is way too high for what they are.   But as a HTF stick, they have a particular novelty.

Comment by Fourkicksfan on November 1, 2013 at 9:04am
Perfectly put, I do think you're right in regards to the novelty factor. When introducing a friend who's wanting to go a little deeper into this hobby, sharing in the CV experience is a worthwhile one IMO. And FWIW, the CVs smokes are still excellent cigars.
Comment by Bill Williams on November 2, 2013 at 5:32am

As Casa Fuente is a local B&M for me.. I only go there when a best friend is in town, which will be this weekend, Big Smoke. I also have a friend that dates one of the cocktails, so I will go there with him once in a great while. The owners also have a off strip B&M that has most of the cigars you can get at CF, but they do not sell the Casa Fuente cigars and a couple of others like Sharks. They also run all the Davidoff shops on the strip as well.

One thing about having the CF experience during the Big Smoke or IPCPR is you have a very good chance to meet Carlos, Carlito and some of the rest of the family. Nice people and there are usually other industry friends there. If anyone is going to be at the BS next weekend, there will be a CRA M&G there Friday and I think the time is 2PM to 5PM. PM me and I will find out the times.

Comment by Harley Holmes on November 2, 2013 at 6:29am

Bill, your friend is a lucky, lucky, lucky man.


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Comment by Cigar Surgeon on November 2, 2013 at 9:56am

That has to be nice Bill, definitely jealous over here.

Comment by Bill Williams on November 2, 2013 at 11:23am

I do love the atmosphere of CF, but the prices are of course high.. it is on the strip. My local B&M gets Sharks and Sand Sharks so I don't have to buy them there.

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