Finally, the long anticipated Case Cuba by Arturo Fuente has hit the shelves. The Casa Cuba has been in existence and teased at IPCPR for over 3 years. It’s probably a safe bet to say that Fuente had planned on releasing the Casa Cuba sooner, but the company incurred several delays in production, including a fire at the factory.
From my understanding, the Casa Cuba is a limited production cigar, with production output being somewhere between the Anejo’s and the Opus X. Arturo Fuente has actually owned the Casa Cuba name for a number of years, and actually produced cigars under the name in 1970s and 1980s in Nicaragua. The modern iteration of the Casa Cuba was blended by Carlos Fuente Sr., and is an attempt to recreate the original blends that were made in Nicaragua.
Cigar: Arturo Fuente Casa Cuba
Size: 5 1/4 x 44 Corona
Appearance and Pre-light Aroma:
The Casa Cuba is light brown with a soft reddish hue. The beautiful Ecuadorian wrapper is smooth, with minimal veins and minimal tooth. A slight bit of oil, but not enough to leave any sort of residue on your fingertips.
The foot smells of lighter earth notes; fresh soil, cinnamon, and a deep plum sweetness. It has what might be described as a floral aroma overall.
The Casa Cuba fires up beautifully with a razor-sharp burn line. Balance is superb right off the bat. Initial flavors are mainly a light hazelnut sweetness, with a pinch of toasted cinnamon, built upon a base of earthy soil. A fair amount of the famous Dominican pepper, known for being very even and linear across the palate, runs throughout the profile, both orally and through the nose. Definitely a heavy dose of nutmeg through the nose as well. The ash has held for a solid inch, which is always a nice touch.
Smoke production on the Casa Cuba is satisfying, with an above average volume of smoke being delivered each puff. While the smoke is plentiful, it is somewhat coarse and brittle, and a bit dry for my taste. There’s still a bit of hazelnut for sweetness in the background, but by in large there’s mostly notes woods, earthy soil, and pepper. The Casa Cuba definitely tastes like a Fuente product, but with a very distinct spin. A lot of the classic Fuente red pepper and tang flares the nostrils through a retrohale.
Into the final stretch of the Casa Cuba now, the majority of the more nuanced flavors have become a bit blunted, with only really wood, earth, and nuts being distinguishable. There are some traces of pepper and floral notes, but they’re fleeting at best, and rather difficult to articulate on the palate. Smoke production and draw are still fantastic though. Strength, body, and flavor are all at their most potent, but still nothing above a solid medium. I won’t say the cigar is boring in the final third, its got plenty of flavor to be enjoyed, but it’s not particularly invigorating either.
Burn and Construction:
Everything is smooth in this category. Construction is beautiful, and the Casa Cuba has the feel of being rolled by skilled hands.
Smoke production, once again, is quite nice. The smoke has some genuine density to it, despite it being a bit more thin and dry than I’d prefer. Burn line remained fairly consistent throughout the course of the cigar, only requiring minor touch-ups here and there.
While the Casa Cuba doesn’t floor me, like a truly good and properly aged Opus or Anejo does, it is very good cigar. Taking the approach of trying to recreate a retro blend is something that I personally find really interesting, largely because the idea of a cigar being blended to have a classic profile with the flavors of more modern tobacco is very intriguing.
Ultimately, I enjoyed the Casa Cuba and will gladly pick one up periodically. It’s not a must-have for my palate, although I’ve never personally been a huge Fuente guy. Great cigars, but not suited to my palate, although I do enjoy them now and again. I am, however, very curious to see how the Casa Cuba ages. I have a 5 pack tucked into the corner of my humidor that likely will avoid seeing the light of day for at least a year.
3.5 out of 5