Some years ago I had a chance to smoke some Don Carlos Dominican Select belicosos - a box pressed beauty rich in flavor, and I was really looking forward to the Fuente/Don Carlos line. This was a major disappointment for me. Although well crafted with an even burn and smooth draw, it lacked the taste I had expected, much like any $5 or $6 stick. I paid about $10 for these. Forget about all the creamy, leathery, slight spice hype.