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
Special cigar lighter project to benefit the Cigar Family Charitable Foundation
New York City, July 7, 2015—Colibri Group (www.colibri.com) and Arturo Fuente Cigar Company (www.arturofuente.com) are happy to announce a special project to benefit the Cigar Family Charitable Foundation (www.cf-cf.org). Colibri will produce a limited-edition Fuente Fuente Opus X series of the Colibri Astoria triple-flame cigar lighter.
”It was a true pleasure to work with Les Mann, and our extended family at Colibri. They have been amazing to work with, and so generous to the Children of the Cigar Family Charitable Foundation. I thank you,” says Liana Fuente, Creative Marketing Director for the Fuente companies and fourth-generation member of the Arturo Fuente cigar family.
“It’s been a real thrill to have worked closely with Carlito, Liana and the Fuente family to help their foundation over the years,” says Colibri Executive Vice President, Les Mann. “They are the premiere cigar family in the world, and their cigar brands are amongst the most respected and sought-after. We wanted to do a project that was perfect; one that represented the ideals of both brands. I think fans of Colibri lighters and Fuente cigars are going to love it. This limited edition series is really something special, and it’s for a very special cause.”
“We wanted a make a statement that communicated perfection, luxury, success and the power of family. This is the brand. And we did it,” says Carlos “Carlito” Fuente Jr., President of Arturo Fuente Cigars and third-generation cigar maker. “After 15 years of friendship, I was excited to work again with Les and his team at Colibri. These are the kinds of projects that are the most fun and the most successful—the ones that are built on long bonds and have a strong purpose.“
The limited edition Colibri Astoria for Opus X is produced in five finishes: black+red; black+gunmetal; black + rose; red + black; red+gold. The OpusX medallion on the front is fabricated separately, flash plated in gold and formed to fit into the body of the lighter. On the back, the OpusX logo is laser engraved onto cutter blade, and the quote all cigar aficionados the world over know, “Only Fuente is Fuente”, is laser engraved onto blade handle. Each lighter is numbered and ships in a custom luxury gift box. Colibri will produce 250 of each finish for the US. They will ship this fall. Suggested retail is $185.