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    Default Arturo Fuente Don Carlos Eye of the Shark


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    This is Cigar Aficionado's cigar of the year 2017, this time I didn't have to wait 11 months to get my hands on one.




    As you can see it is very box pressed and there is a lot of baccy in there




    This is what they had to say about it: 'In addition to the range of baking spices and citrus notes found in most Don Carlos cigars, each puff communicates additional layers of complexity, kind of like a bonus track to a favorite album or an unexpected epilogue at the end of a classic novel. More intonations of nuts and leather unfold before a warm, lingering finish of cedar and cider.'



    Here is what I thought. As you'd expect from an Arturo Fuente this is a well made cigar. The Don Carlos range is a step down from the Opus X and a lot of smokers think they are its equal or better. I took 1/4" off the tip and the draw although lighter than a typical Cuban was not the wind tunnel you get from some NCs. The cold draw tasted of salted caramel with a light tingle of pepper on the lips. Talking of lips the shape of the band touches your lips when you smoke, not an issue in the States where most smokers remove the band before lighting but it was a tad annoying. This is a long smoke, well over two hours so be warned if you get one. Unlike the Opus I smoked yesterday I smoked this one inside with no ill effects from nicotine.
    The flavour was mostly just pleasant slightly sweet tobacco with no discernible flavour notes at all.




    Initially it was a very slow burn, this is an hour in and then it went out! The ash was holding well and when dropped off was light and flaky and fell apart completely in my ashtray.




    Once tapped off and relit it really opened up and the flavour grew richer but no transition.

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    Into the final third and the flavour was much cleaner and fresher, no build up of tar or end of stick bitterness at all. Despite that initial tingle there was no spice in this smoke at all. Sorry CA but I found no complexity, nuts or cider! I find it hard to believe this was voted as the best cigar of the year although it was a very pleasant smoke.
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    Thanks for the review ... worth seeking out or just go for the opus x


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    Quote Originally Posted by pootana View Post
    Thanks for the review ... worth seeking out or just go for the opus x


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    Its worth trying if you've got the time to smoke it but if pressed I'd go for the Opus X Lost City double robusto
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    Thanks for advice


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    Looks great and obviously had rave reviews but interesting to hear it is essentially a little, dare I say, over hyped?


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    Thumbs up Pick one up and smoke it sometime.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Tomm783 View Post
    Looks great and obviously had rave reviews but interesting to hear it is essentially a little, dare I say, over hyped?


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    Maybe, but as a big Arturo Fuente Fan, I do likes me a fine Don Carlos from time to time. Last time I ordered a box, I received a personally signed letter of thanks from Don Carlos, Jr. himself.

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    Hereís what I enjoyed last weekend...

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    2008 anniversary stick celebrating 30 years of the Don Carlos line.

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    I really like the Anejo Shark and generally enjoy all Fuentes. Given the CA award I'm still keen to try one of these but it's a shame it didn't quite deliver.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TJCoro View Post
    Maybe, but as a big Arturo Fuente Fan, I do likes me a fine Don Carlos from time to time. Last time I ordered a box, I received a personally signed letter of thanks from Don Carlos, Jr. himself.

    5D034F69-F240-4839-AD32-483B404C3A16.jpg

    Hereís what I enjoyed last weekend...

    A9954E9C-2DE4-479B-84E8-3BA6BC6A7CD7.jpg
    2008 anniversary stick celebrating 30 years of the Don Carlos line.

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    Donít get me wrong, Iím a big AF as well, the Anejo 46ís I have are fantastic smokes. Itís just a shame it wasnít all it cracked up to be.

    Now a personally signed letter, thatís some class.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Tomm783 View Post
    Donít get me wrong, Iím a big AF as well, the Anejo 46ís I have are fantastic smokes. Itís just a shame it wasnít all it cracked up to be.
    Oh, I agree 100%. As olí don TJ used to say: ďDifferent smokes for different folks.Ē

    For example, just this weekend I sparked up a My Fatherís Cigars Lancero. Now, as you may have noticed, many, many folks truely LOVE this cigar. Me? I find Ďem rather Meh!

    Quote Originally Posted by Tomm783 View Post
    Now a personally signed letter, thatís some class.
    Yes, very classy, indeed.

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    Thanks for doing the review.

    I very nearly bought one of these before the CA list came out. Now they are hard to get hold of and i'm sure the price went up as well.

    Sounds like something to try but not to buy lots of - I do have 2 lost city opus x piramides so would be keen to get an EotS and compare to one of the lost cities.

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