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The 8 best Arturo Fuente cigars I’ve tried and tested in 2024

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Founded by 24-year-old Arturo Fuente Senior in 1912, Arturo Fuente is a West Tampa-born cigar company known for its sumptuously-flavored and luxurious cigars. In 1924, about 12 years after its founding, a fire destroyed the Fuente factory, forcing the brand into a production freeze for over two decades — 22 long years. Then, in 1946, after the company’s ownership was passed to Carlos Fuente, Arturo’s youngest son, limited production began again. From there, and spurred by the 1960 U.S. embargo on Cuban goods, the brand eventually grew into what we know today and now delivers some of the finest cigars on the market. In fact, it is one of the most popular and most recognizable brands out there, and for good reason. If you’re interested in a more detailed history, the Arturo Fuente official timeline is a great place to start.

Arturo Fuente blends are robust and flavorful and offer quite the experience for cigar enthusiasts, which is why many of the brand’s labels are rare or hard to come by — hello, . But like many big cigar companies, Arturo Fuente offers a wide range of cigar blends and labels including the Hemingway line, Sun Grown, Opus X, Especiales, and, of course, a self-titled line. In the interest of finding the best Arturo Fuente cigars, I’ve tried and tested a bunch, and, by and large, I’ve come to share my experiences with you, dear reader.

The best Arturo Fuente cigars I’ve tried and tested in 2024

I actually live in the Tampa Bay area and have visited the old local Arturo Fuente factory in Ybor City a few times. It has since been restored and is now the company’s headquarters. Mostly it’s available to look on from the outside, but there are a few great bars and cigar shops in the area. That’s also to say I’m quite familiar with the brand and have been a proponent and pseudo-solicitor of Fuente cigars for a while. Plus, it helps that Fuente smokes are plentiful where I live because some of them can be really challenging to find. You get the gist. Let’s explore some of the best Arturo Fuente cigars I have been able to light up. Before we begin, you should know that many Arturo Fuente cigars are either limited releases, only available at certain times of the year or, sadly, discontinued.

These are not listed from best to worst but alphabetically.

Arturo Fuente 858 Maduro

Arturo Fuente 858 Maduro best Arturo Fuente cigars tried and tested.
Arturo Fuente
  • Strength: Medium
  • Wrapper: Connecticut Broadleaf

The entire 858 line is a hot seller for Fuente because it’s reasonably priced, relatively accessible, and well-balanced. The Maduro has thick and creamy flavors with earth, some light spice, and tons of sweetness. If you like your cigars medium to full-bodied, this is one you have to try. I smoked it down to a nub and burned my fingers, but it was totally worth it.

More Arturo Fuente 858:

Arturo Fuente 858 Natural
Arturo Fuente Flor Fina 858
Arturo Fuente Rosado Sun Grown
Arturo Fuente 858 Sungrown

Chateau Fuente

Arturo Fuente Chateau Fuente cigars for beginners
Arturo Fuente
  • Strength: Medium
  • Wrapper: Connecticut Broadleaf

Cream, wood flavors, cocoa and nuttiness are the prominent tones in this cigar, and they blend beautifully to create a relaxing, medium-bodied smoke. While the Chateau Fuente Natural is the one I tried and loved, there are some additional options available, too, like a Maduro version. This is actually a pretty accessible cigar and one I like to keep in my humidor, so you shouldn’t have too much difficulty finding them out in the wild.

Arturo Fuente Chateau Fuente King T Natural
Arturo Fuente Chataeu Fuente Maduro
Arturo Fuente Chateau Fuente Royal Salute
Arturo Fuente Chateau Fuente Pyramid

Don Carlos

Arturo Fuente Don Carlos in Double Robusto size, best Arturo Fuente cigars.
Arturo Fuente
  • Strength: Medium
  • Wrapper: Cameroon

Featuring a vintage blend of Dominican tobaccos surrounded by an African Cameroon wrapper, this well-balanced cigar is super sweet but still offers the perfect amount of spice. Notable flavors include wood, like oak and cedar, espresso, and roasted chestnuts. As soon as I lit one up, the aromas had me feeling exhilarated and that was before I took my first puff. The few I’ve had have been well-constructed with a smooth, even burn.

Especiales

Arturo Fuente Especiales in Cazadores size, best Arturo Fuente cigars tried and tested.
Arturo Fuente
  • Strength: Medium
  • Wrapper: Ecuadorian Habano

Brimming with creamy, smooth flavors, the Arturo Fuente Especiales is a fantastic smoke. I grabbed several, and I can’t wait to light one up again. It’s covered in an Ecuadorian Habano wrapper with Dominican fillers from the Fuente estate. Like many of the other Fuente blends, you’ll get some spice, sweetness, and woodsy flavors, with a bit of black pepper in there for a kick. It’s also well-constructed, as you can expect from anything Fuente, and I had no issues during my burn.

Fuente Fuente Opus X

Fuente Fuente Opus X in Perfecxion size, best Dominican cigars.
Arturo Fuente
  • Strength: Full-bodied
  • Wrapper: Dominican Rosado

I’ll be honest: for this particular tasting session, I was not able to get my hands on the Opus X; they’re notoriously difficult to find. But I have had it before, and I couldn’t leave it off this list. It’s one of the most highly sought-after cigars in the industry, outside of maybe the . Fuente’s stuff is definitely more popular, though. It has a unique Rosado leaf wrapper, and you’ll get some strong flavors like leather, earth, and wood. A subtle sweetness sticks around until the end, too. Do note that most shops and online sellers limit how many you can buy at a time.

Opus X 20th Anni. God’s Whisper
Opus X Forbidden X Deseous D’Amor
Opus X Oscuro
Opus X The Lost City

Gran Reserva

Arturo Fuento Natural best cigars for golfing.
Arturo Fuente
  • Strength: Medium
  • Wrapper: Various

Made with a variety of wrappers, so you can choose your favorite, the Arturo Fuente Gran Reserva is the OG of the bunch. I went with the Maduro version, wrapped in a Broadleaf Connecticut Maduro. Dark chocolate, cocoa, licorice, cream, pepper, and earth flavors were what I recognized most. But that’s the best part about cigars: every time you smoke, you notice something different. If you want a unique blend of flavors, try this one. Heck, try them all.

Hemingway

Arturo Fuente Hemingway Short Story best medium cigars
Arturo Fuente
  • Strength: Medium
  • Wrapper: Cameroon

One of Arturo Fuente’s most well-known lines is Hemingway, named after the famous author. If you didn’t know, he dabbled in cigars. You’ve likely heard of the (Natural Figurado size) and the (also Figurado). Wrapped in an African Cameroon leaf, they’re rich, smooth, and aromatic. I tasted some earth, spice, and brown sugar. I will warn you they can take a while to smoke because they’re packed tightly and well-constructed. Set aside some time if you’re planning to have one.

Royal Salute Sun Grown

Arturo Fuente Royal Salute Sun Grown with cedar wrapper from best Arturo Fuente cigars.
Arturo Fuente
  • Strength: Medium
  • Wrapper: Ecuadorian Habano

While there are in the Arturo Fuente portfolio, most of which fall under another label like Chataeu Fuente, the Royal Salute Sun Grown is one I want to call out specifically. It has a naturally sweet Ecuadorian Habano wrapper atop aged Dominican longfillers, which give it a smooth, chocolatey flavor with plenty of cream and spice.

Chataeu Fuente Royal Salute
Arturo Fuente Royal Salute Maduro

If you like these Arturo Fuente cigars, you’ll also like:

Arturo Fuente actually makes many blends and labels for the J.C. Newman Cigar Company, which is based in Tampa. A great example of a brand they collaborate on is .

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Close up of cigars in humidor at home - Briley Kenney from The Manual
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Why should you listen to me? It’s a valid question. I smoke cigars all the time, and I have many recommendations and plenty of advice to share with others. But none of those things qualify me as an expert. Instead, it’s the years of experience, the time I’ve invested in the world of cigars, the excellent connections I’ve made with cigar makers and sellers, and the vast wealth of knowledge I’ve gained during that time. I know what goes into an excellent cigar, and I’ve certainly earned the right to recommend some to others, whether you’re a beginner and this is your first time smoking or have your own cabinet humidor stocked and maintained. Instead of waxing poetic, I’d rather let my recommendations speak for me.

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Man smoking cigar casually outside his home, best medium bodied cigars.

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Best Sizes: Robusto or Toro
Box Count: 10 cigars

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Maduro cigars on Spanish decorative tile table

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Maduro cigars in a lineup ready to smoke.

Most people love Cuban cigars, but I'm not most people. I won't argue that Cuban cigars are bad; they're definitely not, but I will say they're usually popular because of the forbidden fruit situation. I would describe them as airy and light on flavor. Not bad flavor, just not particularly strong. Dollar for dollar, there are a lot of other cigars made elsewhere that are worth spending your money on because they are delicious. If I had to choose, I would go Nicaraguan almost every time.

Most Nicaraguan tobacco is grown in the small town of Esteli, and the local soil gives the tobacco its rich, complex, and full-bodied flavor. It's on my bucket list of places to visit, and I'd love to get a first-hand look at how they grow, ferment, and produce cigars -- some of the best in the industry. Nicaraguan tobacco is about as good as it gets if you like your cigars strong and memorable. And because they're so flavorful, Nicaraguan cigars are super versatile. You can smoke them in the morning with coffee, after lunch, or late in the evening, and they pair nicely with a wide variety of beverages. Moreover, they come in various strengths, sizes, and blends, from mild and medium to some of the most full-bodied cigars you'll have the pleasure of tasting.

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