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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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Fuente: It's a different animal; it's a completely different taste and color and texture. What the wrapper reminds me of is something that I used to see before the embargo--in many ways, not all. That's what really tricks me, because it reminds me of Cuban tobacco way back then. But it's still a different animal, and to me, it's better.

C.A.: Is there a different aging process or a different fermentation process?

Fuente: No, we still do everything using the old manufacturing methods. We still do things the old way. We still do our curing and everything much the old way.

C.A.: What is your investment in the Dominican wrapper operation?

Fuente: We just purchased more land. We already built eight tobacco barns, and we are going to build more tobacco barns. We even have an option to buy another property there, about another 25 acres. We already own 85 total acres. [20 acres are not cultivated.]

C.A.: What is the game plan in terms of which of your cigars will end up having the Dominican wrapper?

Fuente: The Opus X.

C.A.: Strictly the Opus X?

Fuente: For now, it is. For now, that's the purpose.

C.A.: Won't there be excess production?

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