Deer Camp and Don Carlos: A Gun-and-Cigar Pairing Guide

It is that time of year again. Leaves are falling. There is a nip in the air. Hipsters everywhere are wearing vests. Even the soccer mom’s are lined up at Starbucks in Ugg boots for pumpkin spiced lattes. And that means it’s deer season!

A .45-70 for whitetail? It would certainly be effective.

Your choice of deer rifle may depend on where your prey lives. Hunting Mule Deer in Colorado? Might want to go with a 30-06 or 300 Win Mag for some distance and power. Hunting White Tail in dense Southern forest? A 30-30 or a 44 Mag carbine for ease of movement might be the ticket.

But the hunting isn’t the only part of deer season. We can’t forget the fun of deer camp. Lifelong friendships can be forged at deer camp. And some can be tested (don’t drink your buddy’s last beer without asking). It is kind of like a trip to Vegas, but without so many showgirls.

Most of the time spent in a deer camp is about socializing. Don’t forget the cigars.

Deer camp is best with beer, poker, and greasy-artery-clogging food. And most importantly, for the sake of this article, you need a few good cigars. I like to go with something that is more medium bodied and full of flavor. I don’t want something too heavy that will burn my pallet out. Also, a cigar I can smoke multiples of and one that is good to share is a requirement. The Don Carlos Robusto from Arturo Fuente hits all of these for me.

I’d suggest you wait until you’re out of the stand to light up.

The Don Carlos sports a Cameroon wrapper that gives a nice light sweetness to the blend. The Dominican binder and filler give a bit of black pepper spice and nuttiness to the cigar. This is also a good cigar for your buddies that only smoke a stick a few times a year. A good Don Carlos Robusto holds a lot of great flavors, but won’t be too strong or overpowering.

Shooting Notes: It is deer camp. Aim well and make that one shot count.

Tasting Notes: Dark sugar sweetness balanced with a black pepper spice and a hint of roasted almonds makes this one of the best cigars for fall.

Arthur Fuerte is a professional tobacconist with a penchant for mid-century militaria. He knows his way around the cigar parings, single-malts, and classic American firearms.

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