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Smoking the new Casa Fuente 800 Series cigar (www.casafuente.com) could require a trip to Las Vegas. Like the first Casa Fuente–branded cigar from Arturo Fuente, which debuted in 2005 and is said to be filled with a variation of the company’s Opus X blend and wrapped in Cameroon leaf, the new one is available only at the Casa Fuente Cigar Lounge at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas.

The 800 Series has a more pungent, fuller taste than its predecessor, thanks to its rich and silky Ecuadoran sun-grown Havana wrapper—rumored to have been saved from the fire that destroyed two Arturo Fuente tobacco warehouses last August. The filler is an undisclosed Dominican blend likely from the Chateau de la Fuente farm. The cigar is available in three sizes, all at 52 ring gauge: the 806 robusto ($21), the 807 toro ($22), and the 808 short Churchill ($24).

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