Arturo fuente

Arturo Fuente Numero 4

Origin Dominican Republic
Cigar Brand Arturo Fuente
Producer/Importer Kohlhase & Kopp, Hermann-Löns-Weg 36, 25462 Rellingen
Dimensions and Format
Length exact 14 cm
Dieameter exact 16 mm
Ring Gauge 40
Format Corona
Consumption Information
Strength medium
Smoke Time 20-30 Min.
Flavoured no
Taste Chocolate, Coffee, Nut
Production Information
Production hand made
Type of filler Long-Filler
Wrapper Type Shade
Wrapper Country Kamerun
Binder Country Dominican Republic
Filler Country Dominican Republic
Boxpressed no
Producer/Importer Kohlhase & Kopp, Hermann-Löns-Weg 36, 25462 Rellingen
Customer evaluation for "Arturo Fuente Numero 4"

Rund und angenehm

Wie bei jeder Fuente, ist auch an dieser nichts auszusetzen. Feuerannahme, Zugverhalten und Abbrand sind hervorragend. Trotz des kleineren Formats hat man eine ordentliche Rauchdauer. Sie ist etwas weniger würzig als großformatigere Fuentes, aber sehr rund und ausgewogen im Geschmack.
Fazit: Eine feine Zigarre, auch für Liebhaber weniger kräftiger Zigarren.

From:SmokingLadyOn:29 Aug 2020
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Arturo Fuente Cigars

Through four generations of indomitable passion for cigarmaking, Arturo Fuente has perfected a wide variety of rich, compelling smokes with a classic aesthetic and flavor all their own. Each cigar is expertly hand rolled, just as it was over a century ago, with a draw so pleasant and inviting it envelopes you in a bright, warm welcome home by the Familia Fuente.
The Arturo Fuente heritage is one of ingenuity and extraordinary resilience, enduring and thriving through some of the most trying times in the world of premium cigars. It all began in 1906. A young Don Arturo Fuente emigrated from Cuba to Key West, Florida, in search of the American Dream. Key West had a sprouting cigar industry, but Don Arturo saw the booming cultural hub, Ybor City in Tampa, Florida, as ripe with opportunity.
In 1910 Don Arturo brought with him his vision, and his wife, and settled in West Tampa, Ybor City's sister town. After only two years, in 1912, at only 24 years old, he founded A. Fuente & Company, with their factory at 813 Francis Street.
The company crafted cigars by hand with Cuban tobacco, and did well, with 500 employees in 1922. In 1924, while Don Arturo was in Cuba buying tobacco, the factory burned down.  Moreover, he also had to contend with the sting of a divorce at the time. While such trials would be enough to deter lesser men, Don Arturo could not be kept down. He worked as a general manager to pay off the debts from the fire, remarried, and by 1940 was making cigars out of the back of his family home with his wife, Doña Cristina, and two sons, Carlos and Arturo Oscar.
From that humble rebirth, A. Fuente & Company took an unstoppable trajectory to the Arturo Fuente we know today.
Through the 1950s, the company had a new factory and new national distributors, and under the keen leadership of Carlos Fuente, the 1960s brought exponential growth when most in the industry had gone out of business because of the 1962 Cuban Embargo. By the 1970s, A. Fuente & Company opened factories and farms throughout the Caribbean and South America, including in Nicaragua and Honduras. In 1973, the company lost its patriarch and founder, Don Arturo, at the age of 85, so the Flor Fina 8-5-8 was released in 1975 in his honor.
In 1978, the communist Sandinistas Liberation Front burned down the factory in Nicaragua, and the next year another fire claimed the Honduras factory.
To save the company, in 1980, Carlos opened Fuente LTD in Santiago, Dominican Republic, and in just one year released the acclaimed Hemingway series which brought back a unique figurado shape that earned the line the nickname "fancy tails". Figurado, or cigars made in exotic shapes, was considered to be a lost art at that time. The line quickly became iconic and was praised in the Mach 1984 issue of Cigar Connoisseur.
By 1986, all production was moved to the Dominican factories, and, after the 1990s cigar culture boom, the company released several iconic lines, including the groundbreaking "Project X from Planet 9" with pioneering methods of growing Dominican wrapper, which later became the world renowned Opus X Brand. Production skyrocketed by 1997 to over 40 million, and from then Arturo Fuentes secured its position in cigarmaking history through its continued uncompromising dedication to quality and craftsmanship, both in flavor and aesthetic execution.
In February 2008 issue of Cigar Insider gave the Fuente Fuente OpusX Robusto an impressive 93 rating. The Arturo Fuente Hemingway Short Story Maduro was dubbed the "Best of the Best" by Robb Reports 2012 Luxury Portfolio.
More impressive than the accolades and raving reviews, however, is the dedication Arturo Fuente has to giving back. The company is heavily involved with the Cigar Family Charitable Foundation, the St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, the Dan Marino Foundation, as well as the Hillsborough Education Foundation.
Arturo Fuente is an exceptional brand—exemplary in product, heritage, and altruism. Today, you can visit with the Familia Fuente at the Casa Fuente bar and lounge at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, and even enjoy a robust cup of Arturo Fuente Coffee. However, nothing compares with experiencing the prominent Arturo Fuente cigar history.
Within the various offerings of Arturo Fuente, you will find your perfect cigar to relax on your own or while spending time with friends and family. No matter the occasion, you can kick back and with each draw enjoy the warm welcome by Don Arturo to the esteemed Familia Fuente.
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Arturo Fuente

Arturo Fuente is a brand of cigar, founded by Arturo Fuente, Sr. in 1912 in West Tampa, Florida. Following a catastrophic fire in 1924, the brand ceased production for 22 years, reemerging in 1946 on a limited, local basis. Ownership was transferred to Arturo's younger son, Carlos Fuente, Sr. in 1958. Following the 1960 United States embargo of Cuba, the Fuente brand began a period of slow and steady growth, emerging as one of the most critically acclaimed makers of hand-rolled premium cigars outside of Cuba. As of 2010 the company was producing 30 million cigars per annum from its factory in the Dominican Republic.



The Arturo Fuente cigar brand was born in 1912 in West Tampa, Florida.[1] It was in that year that the brand was launched by a 24-year-old Cuban émigré named Arturo Fuente (November 8, 1887 – February 11, 1973) as A. Fuente & Co.[2] Fuente had come to the United States in 1902, leaving his hometown of Güines, Cuba in the aftermath of the Spanish–American War.

The original factory used by the company was a three-story wooden building, one of nearly 200 cigar-making facilities in the city of Tampa alone.[2] All of these manufacturers would import tobacco from nearby Cuba for production into finished cigars.[2]

The company was incorporated in 1924, by which time A. Fuente & Co. had grown to the point that it employed 500 workers.[2] However late in 1924 disaster struck the company and their building burned to the ground.[2] Production of the brand was halted; it would not be until 1946, 22 years later, that production of the brand resumed.[1]

1946 reestablishment[edit]

By the end of World War II Arturo Fuente had finally recovered from the catastrophic losses suffered in 1924 fire and the Great Depression had abated, making a return to cigar manufacturing again conceivable.[2] Fuente relaunched his brand "in the garage," so to speak—adding a few rolling tables to the 160 square foot back porch of his home in Ybor City, Florida.[2]

Production was a family affair at the time of the 1946 restart, with Arturo and his wife rolling full-time, joined by a few other hired torcedores.[2] Arturo's sons—Carlos and Arturo, Jr.—were soon drafted into the enterprise, sweeping the floors and helping with the rolling after school.[2]

Carlos Fuente, Sr., the son of Arturo, contracted polio as a boy of 12 but was fortunate in recovering well enough to walk normally, unlike many victims of the disease.[3] He dropped out of school before graduating high school and was married at age 18.[4] Because the cigar business struggled during the 1940s and 1950s, Carlos, Sr. took a job as a baker to help make ends meet, while his wife worked full-time in another factory while both moonlighted at Fuente.[5]

Throughout the 1950s Fuente remained exclusively a local Tampa brand, with the company's entire production sold in that city on a cash-and-carry basis.[5]

Transfer of ownership[edit]

Arturo Fuente, Sr. had originally envisioned passing the small family cigar business on to his eldest son, Arturo, Junior, but it was his younger son Carlos that spent the most time working in the firm, so it was to him that it was offered in 1958.[6] Carlos Fuente, Sr. bought the business from his father for exactly $1—purchasing $1,161 in assets and zero debt.[6] At the time the company made only a few thousand cigars a year.[6]

Carlos, Sr. was ambitious and sought to expand the business, first seeking to establish new accounts in other parts of Florida before setting his sights on New York City.[6] Fuente initially targeted a Hispanic market for its product.[6] Growth was slow since cigar smokers of the era were brand loyal and not prone to the sampling of new products.[6]

The United States embargo against Cuba would change all that.

After the embargo[edit]

Arturo Fuente cigar boxes at 2005 Tampa Cigar Heritage Festival. The Montesino cigars are also produced by Tabacalera A. Fuente y Cia.

Up until the 1962 embargo, cigars were typically made in the United States of Cuban tobacco. Following the embargo, access to Cuban tobacco was abruptly terminated, forcing every cigar maker to change the blends that they used.[6] Carlos Fuente, Sr. later recalled:

"In the old days, people were very brand true. Brand loyal. ... I feel the embargo put everybody level. People had to shop around to find a different taste that they liked."[6]

Fuente shopped for new sources of tobacco, buying leaf from new regions like Puerto Rico and Colombia.[6] Blending skills were then employed in an effort to create a flavor appealing to smokers who had developed an affection for classic Havano flavors.[6]

Rising labor costs made continued American production uneconomical.[6] In addition, the company had increasing difficulty in finding qualified cigar rollers in Florida.[6] Efforts were made to establish the brand's production in Mexico and Puerto Rico, but quality from these factories was deemed insufficient.[6]

In the 1970s contacts were made between Carlos Fuente, Sr. and a representative of the blossoming Nicaraguan cigar industry and the company soon moved its production to Estelí in the Northwestern part of that Central American country.[6] However, disaster again struck in 1979 when the Fuente factory was burned to the ground during the Nicaraguan Revolution.[6]

With Nicaragua a total loss, Carlos Fuente, Sr. mortgaged his house to raise capital and his son Carlos, Jr. added whatever money he had available and the family moved to the Dominican Republic to begin anew.[7] Carlos Fuente, Sr. later recalled the decision to build inventory as decisive:

"When I first started in the Dominican, all our profit, we stuck it back. All our profit was always invested in tobacco. And aged tobacco is the most important thing that you can have. We always had a lot of aged tobacco. And as we started aging more and more, we started doing better."[8]

In September 1980 Tabacalera A. Fuente opened a 12,000 square foot factory in Santiago Dominican Republic.[9]

The company scored its first success of its "Dominican Period" in the middle 1980s with the launch of the medium-bodied Hemingways line — an attempt to break new ground in the market through the use of special shapes.[10]

At the end of the 1980s the company began to grow its own tobacco on a substantial scale for the first time, investing in roads and curing barns.[11] The company even took on the challenge of growing its own wrapper leaf—the most difficult and risky component of a cigar to produce.

Company today[edit]

As of 2010, Carlos Fuente, Sr. and his son Carlos Fuente, Jr. oversaw an operation which produced more than 30 million cigars per year.[9] Carlos Fuente, Sr. died August 5, 2016, in Tampa. He was 81.[12]

Specific products[edit]

The Arturo Fuente line of cigars ranges from the inexpensive to the premium.

The full-bodied Fuente Fuente Opus X, introduced to the market in November 1995, is regarded the brand's flagship product.[11] The cigar is a Dominican puro (i.e. 100% grown in that one country) making use of Rosado wrapper grown by Fuente's own farm.[13] The cigar is made in 13 vitolas ranging in size from the 4-5/8 inch by 49 ring gauge "Belicoso XXX" to the massive 9+1⁄4-inch by 47 "Perfecxion A."[13] The cigar achieved great critical success, with the corona size named as Cigar Aficionado magazine's 2005 Cigar of the Year and the Belicoso XXX rated by that publication as the world's number 3 release in 2010.[11]

In 2004 Cuban-American actor and director Andy García contacted Carlos Fuente, Jr. seeking to film scenes for the film The Lost City in the Fuente tobacco fields.[14] The film was scheduled to shoot in July of that year, however—a time after the crop had already been harvested.[14] To provide a setting for the film 15 acres were planted by Fuente in tobacco during what would ordinarily have been the off season.[14] The resulting special crop—harvested, cured, and manufactured for first release in 2009 — was very successfully marketed as the Opus X Lost City Edition. Five vitolas of this special edition were produced in 2010, with very limited productions ranging from 4,000 to 12,000 cigars per size.[14]

Fuente is also known for quality control. The Fuente family packs their cigar boxes with an advanced 2-way humidification device (Boveda) that helps to ensure the stability and freshness of the end product.

Other manufacturing[edit]

Arturo Fuente is the manufacturer of the Ashton brand, established in 1985 by Robert Levin of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.[15]

The company also makes some of the cigars sold by the J.C. Newman Cigar Company of Tampa, Florida.[16] J.C. Newman returns the favor, handling the production of all of Arturo Fuente's machine-made product.[16]

Arturo Fuente partnered with Swiss watchmaker Hublot to release several watches dedicated to their cigars: the Hublot King Power Arturo Fuente in 2012, and the Hublot Classic Fusion ForbiddenX in 2014.[17]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ abDavid Savona, "100 Years of Fuente," Cigar Aficionado, vol. 20, no. 2 (Jan.-Feb, 2012), pg. 90.
  2. ^ abcdefghiSavona, "100 Years of Fuente," pg. 92.
  3. ^Savona, "100 Years of Fuente," pg. 93.
  4. ^Savona, "100 Years of Fuente," pp. 93, 95.
  5. ^ abSavona, "100 Years of Fuente," pp. 95.
  6. ^ abcdefghijklmnoSavona, "100 Years of Fuente," pp. 97.
  7. ^Savona, "100 Years of Fuente," pp. 97, 100.
  8. ^Quoted in Savona, "100 Years of Fuente," pg. 100.
  9. ^ abPerelman, Perelman's Cigar Cyclopediia, pg. 63.
  10. ^Savona, "100 Years of Fuente," pg. 100.
  11. ^ abcSavona, "100 Years of Fuente," pg. 101.
  12. ^"Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2016-08-12. Retrieved 2016-08-12.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  13. ^ abRichard B. Perelman, Perelman's Pocket Cyclopedia of Cigars: 2011 Edition. Los Angeles, CA: Perelman Pioneer and Co., 2010; pg. 294.
  14. ^ abcdPerelman, Perelman's Pocket Cyclopedia of Cigars: 2011 Edition, pg. 293.
  15. ^Perelman, Perelman's Pocket Cyclopedia of Cigars: 2011 Edition, pg. 66.
  16. ^ abSavona, "100 Years of Fuente," pg. 102.
  17. ^Ané T "Hublot Classic Fusion ForbiddenX Collection (+live pics)"Archived 2015-05-14 at the Wayback Machine

Product list[edit]

  • Arturo Fuente
  • Arturo Fuente 8-5-8
  • Arturo Fuente Añejo
  • Arturo Fuente Don Carlos
  • Arturo Fuente Rosado Sungrown Magnum R
  • Brevas Royale
  • Casa Cuba
  • Chateau De La Fuente
  • Curly Head
  • Fuente Fuente Opus X
  • Hemingway series
  • Opus X Lost City Edition
  • Montesino cigars by Arturo Fuente

External links[edit]


Arturo Fuente Gran Reserva Cigars

  • Arturo Fuente Chateau Fuente King T Tube

    Outstanding stick

    Peppery flavors, oak and bread notes, caramel and touches of honey a long finish with subtle cedar in an ornate tube. Mellow, mild to medium bodied, this latest Fuente is nicely balanced and solidly constructed but not over stuffed, a nice easy draw throughout allowing for a nice, easy and very special experience… I adore this stick




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  • Arturo Fuente Chateau Fuente Pyramids

    Best cigar hands down

    My niece and I loves this torpedo fine blend cigar. It is out go to for all occasions lol




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  • Arturo Fuente 858

    Arturo Fuente 858

    Been smoking them for over 30 years. The perfect smoke for golf. Mild and slow burning.

  • Arturo Fuente Chateau Fuente King B

    Best damn cigar....period....

    I love all Fuente cigars, but some are just better than others and the King B is one of them. Damn, I love this cigar!




  • Arturo Fuente Corona Imperial


    Good Ash from a dam good cigar, thanks Mikes Cigars.

  • Arturo Fuente Chateau Fuente King B

    Not something I like maybe you will have different opinions

    Flavor wasn’t very good at all heavy texture left at end of finish. Great construction Beautiful burn great ash




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  • Arturo Fuente Chateau Fuente King T Tube

    Luxury Smoke

    This is one of my favorite cigars for a special occasion. The tube is perfect to take on the go and even give as a gift.




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  • Arturo Fuente Chateau Fuente

    Relaxing after dinner smoke

    I had this stick sitting on the porch after dinner of chicken parm. Very nice, relaxing smoke. Starts with some spice and pepper but mellows and smooths out through the middle. Lots of smoke. Burned nice and slow for such a shorty. Draw, burn and ash were excellent. Can't go wrong with these, especially in the price range.


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  • Arturo Fuente Chateau Fuente

    Best for its size

    Cigar offers a light, creamy smoke that is perfect for a short smoke. Love to pair this with coffee!

  • Arturo Fuente Chateau Fuente Queen B

    What a great combo

    By far one of my favorite Cigar, the Fuente Queen B has the best draw, smokes smooth and never a bad after taste.


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  • Sours:

    Fuente arturo

    I felt his nose between my buttocks and the touch of his eyelashes against my skin. I tried to relax my ass as much as possible. His tongue penetrated deeper and deeper. He hugged me by the hips, pressing them closer to his face.

    Darkens. I breathed often, often. Her body reminds me of frames from retro porn movies that I adore.

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