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Stogie Reviews: Arturo Fuente King T

8 Oct 2009

Tubed cigars are common in the cigar industry but, until the “King T,” Fuente hadn’t released one except for the limited God of Fire line. The King T has been in production for some time. Delays in creating the tube up to Fuente’s standards, though, reportedly held the cigar off the market until late September, when the cigars started appearing on B&M shelves.

KingTMade by Tabacalera A. Fuente y Cia. in the Dominican Republic, the King T is a seven inch by 49 ring gauge Churchill featuring a Connecticut shade wrapper around Dominican binder and filler tobaccos.

Despite the name, the King T bears little in common with the King B, the big, tube-less, rosado-wrapped torpedo which was released in 2005. Check out the new Queen B (small belicoso) next to the King T if you’re looking for the latest Fuente rosado smoke.

The King T retails for around $10 per cigar, a price that no doubt reflects its special packaging. But you have to hand it to Fuente. When they make a tubo, they create an impressively ornate one.

The tube isn’t the only visually pleasing characteristic of the King T. The Connecticut wrapper is shiny, smooth, and vein-free. And as with most Fuente cigars, this Churchill is impressively firm.

The King T starts out with a combination of papery and peppery flavors. After it settles into a medium-bodied smoke with an oaky woodiness and bread flavors, the finish is long with a hint of cedar spice.

In both looks and flavor, the King T reminds me of the Fuente Double Chateau—but with a bit  more body and spice. Still, even with the spice, it’s well-balanced and mild- to medium-bodied.

The other main difference is that the King T costs nearly twice as much, which is really my biggest complaint. At $10 each, you feel like you’re paying quite a premium for the tubo.

That makes the King T a great gift, but not a cigar I’m likely to buy on a regular basis. With complex flavors, good looks, and flawless construction, though, the Arturo Fuente King T earns a rating of four stogies out of five.

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Patrick S

photo credit: Stogie Guys

4 Responses to “Stogie Reviews: Arturo Fuente King T”

  1. LessGovt Thursday, October 8, 2009 at 7:00 am #

    Sounds and looks like one of those "show-me" cigars. Good for gifts and looking fancy, but not solid enough to merit frequent purchases. Thanks for the review.

  2. Padronnie Thursday, October 8, 2009 at 7:01 am #

    Sounds like I'll stick with the King B as my favorite Fuente King cigar. (That Queeen B sounds pretty good too.)

  3. Frank Saturday, July 31, 2010 at 7:06 am #

    Perfect gift to a smoker. I have never seen a more beautiful tube than this one. It's a pretty good smoke but if were to spend $10, there ate other sticks I would prefer.

  4. Johnny Trujillo Saturday, June 25, 2011 at 7:51 am #

    This is truly a premium cigar. Try a good port along with the smoke. You'll like it.