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An Interview with Carlos Fuente Sr.

A discussion with the head of Arturo Fuente Inc., one of the world's largest producers of premium hand-rolled cigars.
Marvin R. Shanken
From the Print Edition:
Jack Nicholson, Summer 95

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C.A.: How much aging does a Cameroon wrapper get, between the time that you receive it and the time that you use it on a cigar?

Fuente: At least two years.

C.A.: And then once you make the cigar, how much aging before you are willing to ship it?

Fuente: That depends on the size. We always age certain cigars at least 30 days. Hemingways are aged six months. We don't release one Hemingway cigar until it's been in the aging room six months. Don Carlos is aged for a year.

C.A.: Given the fact that you age the Cameroon wrapper for a minimum of two years, right now you don't have a problem, but might you have a problem next year?

Fuente: It could be that next year we will have a problem. I mean, we have a problem now because you have to replace what you're using, and that's a problem. You have your inventory, and you see your inventory falling off.

C.A.: What are your options?

Fuente: Change the wrapper.

C.A.: Change the wrapper or reduce your production?

Fuente: Right.

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