The Arturo Fuente Gran Reserva Natural cigar is an absolute icon in the world of fine tobacco. Not only has it been revered as one of the world's finest cigars, it is backed by nearly a century of rich history and blending excellence. The Fuentes. Undisputed masters of cigar making and the best of the best among the world's great tobacco producers. Much can be said about their long history, their legendary blending prowess, and their exotic high-end cigars, but the Gran Reserva is the one that started it all. Made entirely by hand in the infamous Tabaclera Fuente in the Dominican Republic, the Gran Reserva consists of fine specially-selected tobaccos from a private family reserve, grown on Chateau de la Fuente. A blend of rich Dominican filler and binder tobaccos are embraced by a sultry African Cameroon wrapper leaf, bringing together what to this day stands as the best-selling cigar in America. After rolling, the cigars are extensively aged in Cedar vaults to bring about the trademark Fuente “marriage of flavors.”
The Gran Reserva Natural is a cigar for the ages, adorned with a classy red, green, and gold band bearing the Fuente trademark. The caramel-brown wrapper leaf is rough and veiny. The construction is absolutely matchless. An easy draw provides a plethora of heavy white smoke. Smooth, crisp, classic. There is a presence of spice, as with most Cameroon sticks, but nothing overpowering. The rich floral notes leave behind a hint of the customary Fuente sweetness on the palate, along with a kiss of white pepper at the back of the throat. Indubitably medium-bodied.
The Arturo Fuente Gran Reserva Natural is a must-try for any cigar smoker, whether young or old, new or experienced, and it's a definite mainstay in any serious connoisseur’s humidor. Great for any time, the Gran Reserva Natural makes a wonderful morning cigar, or a terrific choice after dinner. Medium-bodied red wine or bourbon would be a wonderful pairing with this stick. Although nobody can come close to duplicating what comes out of Tabaclera Fuente, similar choices to this might include the Partagas--another timeless classic, or the Ashton Heritage Puro Sol. The Arturo Fuente Gran Reserva Natural is a cigar that is loved by many and shows no sign of going anywhere in that respect.