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Carlito Fuente at the 2006 God of Fire Charity Dinner for Children in Need
 




     
    
New Product Release for Fall 2016
    
Fuente Aged Selection would like to present its Fall 2016 releases. In commemoration of the 20th anniversary of Fuente Fuente OpusX, an interview book with Carlos "Carlito" Fuente Jr., 20 Years of Fuente Fuente OpusX, will be released. This book will be presented in the 2016 Limited Edition OpusX Story Humidors, The OpusX Story with 4 Fuente Fuente Forbidden X cigars, and Opus6 with 6 rare vintage Fuente Aged Selection cigars. In addition, the 2016 Limited Edition Fuente Fuente Forbidden X Prometheus Ultimo X lighter and Cutter H in black matte finish will be released.
 
NEW PRODUCT BROCHURE - FALL 2016

Please click the below link to download the new Fuente Aged Selection product brochure:

New Product Brochure for Fuente Aged Selection (PDF)


2016 Limited Edition Red Sycamore OpusX Story by Prometheus, MSRP $10,000.00
 
2016 Limited Edition Red Sycamore OpusX Story by Prometheus, MSRP $10,000.00
 
2016 Limited Edition Red Sycamore OpusX Story by Prometheus, MSRP $10,000.00
 
2016 Limited Edition Macassar Ebony OpusX Story by Prometheus, MSRP $10,000.00
 
2016 Limited Edition Macassar Ebony OpusX Story by Prometheus, MSRP $10,000.00
 
2016 Limited Edition Macassar Ebony OpusX Story by Prometheus, MSRP $10,000.00
 
2016 Limited Edition Walnut OpusX Story by Prometheus, MSRP $10,000.00
 
2016 Limited Edition Walnut OpusX Story by Prometheus, MSRP $10,000.00
 
2016 Limited Edition Walnut OpusX Story by Prometheus, MSRP $10,000.00
 
The 2016 Limited Edition Fuente Fuente OpusX Story Humidor comes with 100 rare vintage Fuente Aged Selection cigars: FFOX Tiger Shark (left), FFOX Tauros the Bull, FFOX King Power, FFOX Oro Oscuro Robusto, Don Arturo AniverXario My Love Story, Angel's Share Corona Gorda, and Fuente Fuente Forbidden X Double Corona.
 
20 Years of Fuente Fuente OpusX An Interview with Carlos "Carlito" Fuente Jr.
       
    
The Fall 2016 Release of Macassar Ebony Opus6 (Fuente Fuente OpusX 6 for Cigar Family Charitable Foundation), MSRP $260.00
 
The Macassar Ebony Opus6 comes with six rare vintage Fuente Aged Selection cigars: FFOX Love Affair (left), FFOX King Power, FFOX Tiger Shark, FFOX Tauros the Bull, Don Arturo Gran AniverXario Toro, and FFOX Lancero.
 
The Fall 2016 Release of Blue Opus6 (Fuente Fuente OpusX 6 for Cigar Family Charitable Foundation), MSRP $260.00
 
The Blue, Red and Yellow Opus6 come with six rare vintage Fuente Aged Selection cigars: Angel's Share Churchill (left), FFOX Oro Oscuro Churchill, Don Arturo Gran AniverXario Toro, FFOX Tauros the Bull, Fuente Fuente Forbidden X 13 Belicoso and FFOX King Power.
 
The Fall 2016 Release of Red Opus6 (Fuente Fuente OpusX 6 for Cigar Family Charitable Foundation), MSRP $260.00
 
The Fall 2016 Release of Yellow Opus6 (Fuente Fuente OpusX 6 for Cigar Family Charitable Foundation), MSRP $260.00
 
The 2016 Release of Opus22 (Fuente Fuente OpusX for Cigar Family Charitable Foundation), MSRP $950.00
 
The 2016 release of Opus22 comes with 17 different sizes of the rare, vintage Fuente Aged Selection cigars: FFOX Oro Oscuro Reserva D' Chateau, FFOX Oro Oscuro Robusto, Fuente Fuente Forbidden X 13 Belicoso, Fuente Fuente Forbidden X Double Robusto, FFOX King Power, Don Arturo Gran AniverXario Toro, Don Arturo Gran AniverXario Churchill, Angel's Share Churchill and Angel's Share Toro.
 
The 2016 release of Opus22 comes with 17 different sizes of the rare, vintage Fuente Aged Selection cigars: FFOX BBMF Natural (left), FFOX Tiger Shark, FFOX Shark, FFOX Tauros the Bull, FFOX Love Affair, FFOX LFMF, FFOX 888 Especiale Natural and FFOX Perfecxion No.2.
 
The Fall 2016 Release of The OpusX Story with Fuente Fuente Forbidden X, MSRP $165.00
 
The Fall 2016 Release of The OpusX Story with Fuente Fuente Forbidden X (MSRP $165.00) comes with 4 rare vintage Fuente Aged Selection cigars: 2 Forbidden X Toro (left), 1 Forbidden X Double Robusto and 1 Forbidden X Robusto.
 
The 2016 Limited Edition Fuente Fuente Forbidden X Prometheus Black Matte Ultimo X, MSRP $89.95
 
2016 Limited Edition Fuente Fuente Forbidden X Prometheus Black Matte Ultimo X with Patented Built-In Punch Cutter. U.S. Patent 6,298,856 and 6,732,741. MSRP $89.95
 
2016 Limited Edition Fuente Fuente Forbidden X Prometheus Black Matte Cutter H, MSRP $79.95
 
2016 Limited Edition Fuente Fuente Forbidden X Prometheus Black Matte Cutter H, MSRP $79.95
 
 

 
 
 
One Hundred Years of Fuente
Cigar Aficionado, January 2012

"As the Arturo Fuente brand turns 100 this year, the family dynasty commemorates its many triumphs, always remembering that the road to success presented challenge after challenge."
 
The Story of Fuente Fuente OpusX The Lost City
Brent Butterworth, September 2009

"The tale behind Fuente Fuente OpusX The Lost City cigar is so improbable and so intricate that it seems like the work of a Hollywood scriptwriter. In fact, the idea for the cigar emerged during the production of a Hollywood movie: The Lost City, a 16-year labor of love for actor/director Andy Garcia. As Garcia worked to film this powerful story about the struggles of a Cuban family during the Castro revolution, he received invaluable help from legendary cigar maker Carlito Fuente-and their collaboration resulted in the almost accidental birth of one of the world's rarest and most extraordinary cigars."
 
Don Carlos Edicion de Aniversario is selected as one of the top five cigars of 2008 by Cigar Aficionado.
Cigar Aficionado, January 2009
   
"The Fuente family has been making Arturo Fuente Don Carlos cigars since 1976, longer (by four years) than they have been making cigars in the Dominican Republic. The blend is the creation of Carlos Fuente Sr., patriarch of the family. In 2006, his son, Carlos Fuente Jr., made the Don Carlos Edición de Aniversario to celebrate the 30 years of Don Carlos cigars. He swapped out the Cameroon wrapper for the Dominican shade-grown leaf he uses on Fuente Fuente OpusX. He also boosted the cigar's power considerably. The result is a tremendously intense and complex blend - - -."
 
 
 
 
 
   
    
Fathers and Sons
Cigar Aficionado, November 2006

"The June heat is unrelenting, even under the thatched gazebo near the entrance to Chateau de la Fuente.  Peacocks caw in the shadow of the royal palm trees that seem to be everywhere - - - - .  No father-son team is as famous as that of the farm's owners, Carlos Fuente Sr. and Carlos Fuente Jr.  The two men run a business that makes some 35 million cigars by hand each year, among them the Fuente Fuente OpusX Double Corona, Cigar Aficionado's 2006 Cigar of the Year."
 
Interview with Carlos Fuente, Jr.
Cigar Aficionado, September 2005
  
"Carlos Fuente Jr. is one of the most recognized faces in the world of cigars.  The 51-year-old president of Tabacalera A. Fuente y Cia. is a passionate cigarmaker who finds inspiration in breaking new ground in the cigar business.  He and his father, Carlos Sr., revived the perfecto shape with their immensely popular Hemingway series of cigars and drove the demand for full-flavored smokes with their creation of the Fuente Fuente OpusX, the first successful cigar to be made with a Cuban-seed wrapper grown under shade in the Dominican Republic.  As the 10th anniversary of the Fuente Fuente OpusX launch loomed, Fuente Jr. sat down with senior editor David Savona for wide-ranging discussion on his past, present and future in the cigar business."
 
TORCHBEARERS
The Tampa Tribune, May 7, 2000
  
"An intense family bond and respect for their Tampa heritage help the Fuentes create what many call the world's best cigars
       
"I cannot separate cigars and tobacco from myself," the younger Fuente says. "From the love of my family. From the love of my father, the love of my grandfather. When I enjoy a cigar, it's almost like that bridge."

"You could say we almost lived here," Carlos Sr. says. "We were here day and night. We don't hurry things, we just do things the way they are supposed to be done. I guess maybe other people didn't do it because they were thinking how much it would cost .... And we don't work that way."  It's tough to get a straight answer out of the Fuentes when it comes to growing tobacco and making cigars. Not because they're evasive, or unknowing. The answers are often in their hearts, in their heads, in their hands, not easily verbalized."
 
Interview with Carlos Fuente, Jr.
Cigar Aficionado, November/December 1998
   
"Carlos Fuente Jr. has become one of the most recognizable people in the cigar business.  While at the helm of Tabacalera A. Fuente y Cia., he has seen the company rise to one of the preeminent positions in the industry.  Under the watchful eye of Carlos Sr., his father, Carlos Jr., with his sister, Cynthia Suarez, and brother-in-law, Wayne Suarez, have transformed their company from something they once described as a "small family business" into a powerhouse that produced nearly 40 million cigars in 1997."
 
Interview with Carlos Fuente, Sr.
Cigar Aficionado, Summer 1995
   
"Carlos Fuente Sr. has been in the tobacco business his entire life.  His Cuban-born father started a factory in Tampa in the early 1900, and over the years the family has owned cigar factories there, in Honduras and in Nicaragua.  Today, in the Dominican Republic, he and his sons operate a huge cigar-making operation.  In fact, the company, Arturo Fuente Inc., has become one the world's largest producers of premium hand-rolled cigars.  With a third factory coming on line this year in the Dominican Republic, the Fuentes had expected to produce nearly 30 million hand-rolled cigars in 1995.  In a wide-ranging interview about the state of the cigar industry today, Marvin R. Shanken, editor and publisher of Cigar Aficionado, asked Carlos Fuente Sr. about where he expects his brands to be five years from now.  Fuente also talked about the extraordinary changes that have taken place in the cigar market, and his hopes for making Arturo Fuente cigars a top brand in every market in the world."
 
Seeds of Hope
Cigar Aficionado, Spring 1994

"The Fuente Family Bets On High-Quality Cigar Wrapper Grown in The Dominican Republic.

Carlos Fuente Jr., 38, president of Tabacalera A. Fuente Co., stands expressionless at the entrance to the barn, soaking up the tranquility of a sunny December afternoon in the heart of the Dominican Republic, about a half mile from the tiny village of El Caribe, a two-hour drive southeast of Santiago. Though he's not letting the workers know it, in his heart, Fuente is more excited than a five-year-old on Christmas Eve. He can barely contain his pride and the absolute, pure joy he receives from this very unique, premium-cigar-wrapper farm in the Dominican Republic.
   
To Fuente, the most stunning aspect of this leaf is the taste. When Fuente says that it's like chocolate fudge on vanilla ice cream, he means that the taste of the wrapper changes the taste of the filler tobacco, enhancing rather than muting complexities. Leaving a spicy, warm taste on the palate, the young rosado wrapper still has too much bite, but there is that certain nuance in the aroma that is so much a signature of a fine cigar - - - - ."