About Arturo Fuente Cigars and The History of The BrandArturo Fuente cigars are synonymous with resilience, as the brand has been hit with obstacle after obstacle, only to become one of the most respected stogie manufacturers in the world. The brand was established by Arturo Fuente in 1912 in West Tampa Florida, considered by many at the time to be the stogie capitol of the world. The company grew steadily for the next 12 years, bringing in 500 workers into its three story facility. 

In 1924, the company suffered a massive setback when its factory caught fire and burned to the ground. This, along with the Great Depression, would halt production of the brand for 22 years. In 1946, the family patriarch revived the brand in his own home, blending on a number of rolling tables on his home’s porch. Manufacturing remained inside the family for many years, with his wife helping him roll sticks and his children keeping the rolling area clean. His son Carlos contracted polio when he was 12, but was able to retain his ability to walk and would eventually become the owner of the company. This, along with struggles in the tobacco industry as a whole, made it difficult for the family to make ends meet, so the family patriarch also worked at a bakery to keep the family afloat.

Carlos bought Arturo Fuente Cigars from his father in 1958 and sought to expand the brand quickly. The 1962 Cuban tobacco embargo helped to grow the company as smokers had to switch over to other brands to enjoy their hobby. This helped the company grow somewhat, though the company suffered another major setback in 1979, when its Esteli, Nicaragua factory burned to the ground. It wasn’t until the mid-1980s, nearly 70 years after the brand’s start, that it experienced its first significant success with its Hemingway line. Since then, the company’s fortunes have been much better.

Currently, Arturo Fuente Cigars offers several blends, though its 1995 release of the Opus X is mainly considered its most successful and most important blend. The Opus X is a Dominican Puro that comes with a Rosado wrapper grown on the company’s own farm. It is made in 13 vitolas, from a 4 5/8 x 49 (the Belicoso XXX) to the enormous Perfecxion A, a 9 1/4 x 47. The Opus X has made several top stogie lists and continues to be a favorite among aficionados. 

The brand’s other blends include the Gran Reserva (Cameroon wrapper with Dominican filler and binder), the Chateau, the Don Carlos, the Anejo, the Magnum, the Casa Cuba and the Destino al Siglo. Most of the company’s blends are medium or medium to full, and are all fairly complex. The brand is also known for its strict quality control methods, integrating a sophisticated, two-way humidification product in all of its boxes, protecting the stogies’ stability while in transit.

Though it was a long, hard fight to the top, this brand has persevered and cemented itself as one of the most important cigar makers around.

POSTED ON Oct 14, 2017


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