How the hell do you know what Arturo Fuente cigar that you have? How many times has someone given you an Arturo Fuente cigar and you have no idea what type of Fuente you have? Is it an Arturo Fuente Hemingway or perhaps an Arturo Fuente Anejo? Or, have you purchased a handful of Arturo Fuente sticks, promised yourself you’d remember what cigar you purchased, and then forgot by the time you got home? Hmm, sounds like I’m describing myself.
Well, my fellow Arturo Fuente lovers, Cigar Intel has decided to shed some light on Arturo Fuente cigars. Starting with this post, we are going to publish a multi-part series that documents how to tell each of the different Arturo Fuente brands from each other. Call this a secret decoder ring if you like. Please note that this post is a work in progress. Fuente does not make it easy to figure this out. Smokey Butts and I have been talking about creating this post for over a year and each time we think we have it figured out, we don’t. Secretly, I think the Fuentes chuckle about this. “Darn gringos will never figure out our branding scheme. ” And please, please, please. . . if you have better intel than we do on this or see a mistake in our conclusions, let us know! We’ll fix it.
Part 1, below, lists each of the Arturo Fuente cigar brands that we will discuss in our multipart series. Below the list is our first post on how to tell if you have an Arturo Fuente Anejo Reserva Xtra Viejo cigar. This cigar is typically called the Anejo and we will refer to it as such. Lastly, we are gringos and call the cigar Anejo. The correct spelling is actually Añejo. We will use the gringo spelling throughout this post. When Smokey Butts learns to speak more Spanish, we may change but for now, gringo spelling it is.
Arturo Fuente sells the following cigar brands as of the date on this post. As we release the remaining parts to this series, we will link to the applicable post.
– Angel’s Share
– Casa Cuba
– Chateau Fuente
– Destina Al Siglo
– Don Carlos
– Fuente Fuente Opus X
– God of Fire
– Gran Reserva
– Magnum R
– Special Selection
Arturo Fuente Anejo
The Anejo Reserva Xtra Viejo has a cedar wrapper with a red ribbon on the foot. The cigar band has the words “A FUENTE” and “AÑEJO” on the Fuente medallion. Below the Fuente medallion is a white stripe and a gold foil stripe. The Arturo Fuente website shows a white and black stripe underneath the medallion but this is not what the current band looks like on the cigar I am smoking right now! There are eight sizes. Oddly, the Shark does not have a cedar wrapper and red ribbon on the foot. Fuente–If you are reading this, please send me a box of the Shark so I can try it. At $30 a stick, I will just dream about smoking one!
Here’s a few pictures of the cigar from the most recent purchase I made:
Here’s what Fuente has to say about the cigar:
“In September of 1998, Hurricane George tore through the Caribbean Sea causing widespread destruction throughout the region, including the famous Chateau de la Fuente farm in the Dominican Republic, where the wrapper leave for the acclaimed Fuente Fuente OpusX cigar is grown and harvested. Two years later the storm’s destruction resulted in a shortage of Fuente Fuente OpusX wrapper tobacco. Rather than halting production, Carlos Fuente, Jr. ordered the use of a different wrapper, an aged Connecticut broadleaf. Once again, the Fuente family forged triumph from tragedy, and the Arturo Fuente Anejo cigar was born. One of the world’s most rare cigar, the Anejo is rolled with the very best Dominican filler and binder from Chateau de la Fuente, then adds a 5-year-old Connecticut maduro wrapper aged in a Cognac barrel. This blend yields a rich, spicy, slightly sweet smoke and the unique aging process leaves a distinct finish. Rich maduro leaves aged in Cognac barrels make the Arturo Fuente Anejo cigar a unique smoke. While this line features several different sizes, it is home to one of the world’s most famous shapes, the No. 77 or Shark as it is commonly known. The Shark is the first torpedo shaped cigar ever rolled that progresses from a rounded pare shape to a square press.”
– Cigar Origin; Dominican Republic
– Wrapper: USA Connecticut Shade/USA Connecticut Broadleaf
– Binder: Dominican Republic
– Filler: Dominican Republic
|No. 46||5 5/8"||46|
|No. 49||7 5/8"||49|
|No. 50||5 1/4"||50|
|No. 55 (Torpedo)||6"||55|
|No. 60||6 1/4"||49|
|77 Shark (Torpedo/Box Pressed)||5 7/8"||50/65|
|888 (Torpedo)||6 3/4"||43|