When I think of value cigars that you can enjoy daily without breaking your bank or needing to, two cigars come to mind; Oliva O and Arturo Fuente Chateau Fuente. Lately I’ve been smoking at least two Arturo Fuente Royal Salute’s per day so for this edition of Cigar of the Week, I will highlight the Royal Salute.
The Royal Salute is part of the Chateau Fuente line of cigars from the storied cigar maker. Chateau Fuente comes in nine vitolas ranging from 4.5 inches with a 50 ring gauge at the shortest to my favorite, 7 5/8 inches with a 54 ring gauge.
The 7+ inch vitola is called the Royal Salute.
Chateau Fuente Green Accented Band
When searching out this cigar, you will find that all Chateau Fuente line of cigars come wrapped in a cedar sleeve. You may also notice some have green accents on their bands while others have black accents.
The difference being natural and maduro’s are highlighted with green accents (like pictured to the right), while natural sun grown wrappers are highlighted with black accents (like pictured above).
My personal favorite is the Royal Salute Natural Sun Grown. I typically don’t smoke cigars with such a large ring gauge, but it smokes well and produces plenty flavor despite its size. In the last month alone, I have enjoyed over 30 of these cigars and each one is as good as the last.
Is it the most flavorful and robust cigar I have had? No. Is it the most consistent and ‘flavorful enough’ cigar under $8.00? The answer is a resounding yes!
I can’t think of another cigar under $8.00 that delivers this level of quality, flavor and consistency each and every time. Oliva O’s come in a close second, but lately I have been finding construction issues with the O Series which made me seek out another daily smoke.
Consequently, I found the Royal Salute and find myself coming back for more each time.
When you first light up the cigar and take your initial puffs, you find it to be creamy and smooth. The flavor profile doesn’t change much throughout the smoke, which to some may be a disappointment.
Some cigars really hit delicious level 10 about midway through, however the Royal Salute vitola stays pretty mellow throughout the duration of the smoke. While I enjoy cigars with about 30% more boldness, I can appreciate the mid-bodied profile of this cigar considering I smoke it twice a day.
Unlike the LFD Double Ligero, which is far too potent for me to smoke more than once in a day.
I typically buy my Arturo Fuente’s at Serious Cigars in the Galleria area of Houston. The single cigar sells for $7.40 while a box of 10 sells for an absurdly low price of $68.00.
For $6.80 per cigar, this one hits home and will satisfy you daily without breaking the bank. Now if I could only find a woman as good as this cigar!