TAMPA (FOX 13) - A man whose name is synonymous with Ybor City cigars was honored by the city today. Mayor Bob Buckhorn unveiled a new street name: Part of Second Avenue will now be known as Carlos Fuente's Way.
Twenty-five years ago, Tampa's two oldest family-owned cigar companies merged. The J.C. Newman Cigar Company and the Arturo Fuente Cigar Company became the Fuente and Newman Cigar Company.
"When I saw the sign, I was blown away. I almost started crying," offered Carlos Fuente. "This is my whole life, Ybor City. There's nothing like Ybor City and nothing like the United States."
The Arturo Fuente Casa Cuba was blended by company patriarch Carlos Fuente Sr. His intent was to create a blend that reminded him of the cigars he smoked and rolled in his youth with his father, Arturo Fuente, using Cuban tobacco. The sizes in Casa Cuba are named after Cuban dominoes. Doble Cinco, which is a robusto size, was the most outstanding in the line. Complex and nuanced, the cigar scored 91 points. Read full review here