One of the newest Fuente Fuente OpusX cigars, the ForbiddenX 13 Torch Bearer 2012, may also be the one closest to the heart of the company, and of most significance to the family. Everything about the line has roots to the family’s history, from the names of the cigars down to the particular land on which the tobacco was grown.
For the Fuentes, it all comes back to the number 13. Fuente president Carlos Fuente Jr. said 13 holds great significance for his family, and always has. “It’s my father’s number,” he said, explaining how the otherwise unlucky number has a telling frequency for his family. Carlos Fuente Sr. was born on 13th Street, the company has its Tampa headquarters at 1310 N. 22nd Street, company founder Arturo Fuente was 85 when he passed away (the numbers add up to 13) and the wrapper leaf for the ForbiddenX line happens to be grown on 13 acres of land. “It’s symbolic to everything for my family,” said Fuente Jr.
The Torch Bearer 2012 (7 5/8 by 49, $18.00) marks the centennial of the Arturo Fuente brand, which the Fuentes will celebrate in November, but the other five sizes in the ForbiddenX 13 line (which began reaching retailers in December) also carry weighty significance for the Fuente brand and the Fuente family.
The Fuente Fuente OpusX ForbiddenX 13 Nacimiento (5 1/8 inches by 43 ring gauge, suggested retail price $11.75) represents the company’s 1912 founding in Tampa, Florida. The God’s Whisper (7 1/5 inches by 41, $16) is in memory of the 1924 fire that put Arturo Fuente out of production for more than two decades. The Heart of the Bull (5 1/4 by 50, $14.00) commemorates when ownership of the company was transferred to Carlos Fuente Sr. in 1957—Fuente Sr. was born under the astrological sign of Taurus the bull. The Destiny (5 3/4 by 52, $15.75) marks the move to Dominican facilities in 1980.
A final, forward-looking sixth cigar called the Keeper of the Flame 2013 (6 1/4 by 49, $15.00) points this line’s focus forward, pointing to a new generation that will continue in this company’s traditions. The cigars come, of course, in boxes of 13.
For more on the Fuente family’s 100-year history, see the current issue of Cigar Aficionado, now on newsstands. A rating of the Fuente Fuente OpusX ForbiddenX 13 Torch Bearer 2012 will appear in the April Cigar Aficionado.
This story first appeared in the February 7 issue of Cigar Insider.