Cigar Aficionado

Arturo Fuente Don Carlos No. 3
No. 3
Dominican Republic
Dominican Republic
44 44
Tasting Note
This grayish corona wears a veiny wrapper. The even burn forms a very white ash while the even draw produces a very sweet and nutty smoke with an earthy, fruity finish.
Size Corona
Ring Gauge 44
Length 5 1/2"
Filler Dom. Rep.
Binder Dom. Rep.
Wrapper Cameroon
Issue Cigar Aficionado – Aug 01, 2009
Price $8.60
More Reviews of this Cigar
Issue: Cigar Aficionado: Apr 01, 2018 | Score: 90

Though covered in a dull, off-colored wrapper, this cigar draws and burns beautifully, offering a nutty, fruity smoke with a touch of sour cherry and honey-like finish.

Issue: Cigar Aficionado: Dec 01, 2016 | Score: 90

Rolled with a rounded head, this cigar beings with delicate notes of fruit and nuts before developing a sweet, tangy honey and orange peel character.

Issue: Cigar Insider: Oct 07, 2014 | Score: 90

Pleasantly medium bodied with notes of almond, dried red fruit and a touch of minerals. The draw is open and lush, and the burn is even.

Issue: Cigar Aficionado: Aug 01, 2014 | Score: 90

Pleasantly medium-bodied with notes of almond, dried red fruit and a touch of minerals. The draw is open and lush.

Issue: Cigar Insider: Jun 25, 2013 | Score: 92

Earthy and cedary, this extremely well-made corona has a solid core of complex cocoa flavor that only improves as it smokes.

Issue: Cigar Insider: Aug 24, 2010 | Score: 90

A solidly rolled and attractive cigar with a very even burn. It’s a woody tasting cigar with some orange peel notes a spicy finish and exquisite balance.

Issue: Cigar Insider: May 19, 2009 | Score: 90

This corona has an even burn and forms a white ash. The smooth, even draw produces a sweet and nutty smoke with an earthy, fruity finish.

Issue: Cigar Aficionado: Jun 01, 2007 | Score: 92

An oily Cameroon with a perfect draw. It’s a slow starter, but the smoke warms turning creamy and rich with a good balance of cedar and spicy notes. Nutty elements are also present on the long finish.

Issue: Cigar Insider: Jan 24, 2006 | Score: 89

This corona burns evenly, giving off a rich, nutty aroma. It delivers a nice range of cocoa, roasted coffee and charred wood flavors. The finish is nutty as well.

Issue: Cigar Aficionado: Oct 01, 2005 | Score: 88

This cigar burns and draws well. It’s cedary and savory, with a woody core and some nose spice. Medium bodied.

Issue: Cigar Aficionado: Jun 01, 2002 | Score: 89

Lots of toothy and good shine to the wrapper on this well-made cigar. It draws well, showing off peppery flavors with woody notes. There's a good spiciness present as well.

Issue: Cigar Insider: Mar 01, 2002 | Score: 89

This well-made cigar has a toothy wrapper and good shine. The draw is nearly perfect, and the smoke is peppery with notes of cedar. It's earthy and rich, with a pleasant spiciness.

Issue: Cigar Aficionado: Apr 01, 2000 | Score: 89

A beautiful cedary character. It is well made, with a medium- to full-bodied flavor. There are good sweet spice notes on the palate.

Issue: Cigar Aficionado: Jun 01, 1999 | Score: 87

This is a spicy, and herbal cigar. There are hints of cedar and leather on the palate, but it is a bit short on the finish.

Issue: Cigar Insider: May 01, 1999 | Score: 88

This cigar has a toothy, oily wrapper. It's subtle and rich, with a hearty wood flavor and hints of herbs. A delicate cigar.

Issue: Cigar Aficionado: Jun 01, 1998 | Score: 86

This cigar has dominant woody character. There is some nuttiness on the palate, but it finishes a little short and dry.

Issue: Cigar Insider: Dec 01, 1996 | Score: 86

Dark and very solid, this cigar has has a superb burn and draw. It has a harsh, papery start but it rounds out and becomes medium-bodied and rich.

Issue: Cigar Aficionado: Mar 01, 1996 | Score: 87

An attractive dark-brown wrapper. This cigar has an earthy quality with smooth flavors, but a dry wood finish.

Issue: Cigar Aficionado: Mar 01, 1993 | Score: 90

This is a harmonious smoke with cedar and tobacco flavors, which go on and on in the aftertaste.

Cigar Aficionado's 100-Point Scale
  • Classic: 95-100
  • Outstanding: 90-94
  • Very good to excellent: 80-89
  • Average to good commercial quality: 70-79
  • Don't waste your money: 0-69
100-Point Scale