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Fuente Expanding Añejo Brand

David Savona
Posted: August 18, 2014

Arturo Fuente's dark, rare and considerably powerful Añejo brand is getting a new size. The Arturo Fuente Añejo Reserva will be shipping in mid-September.

The smoke is a figurado with a pointed head slimmer than that found on piramides such as Montecristo No. 2s. The tip doesn't end in a classic point, but has a bit of extra stub that allows the smoker of the cigar to have an ultra-concentrated smoking experience. It measures 6 5/8 inches long, with a ring gauge of 44.

The Añejo brand was created in the aftermath of disaster. When Hurricane Georges tore through the Dominican Republic in 1998, wrecking many curing barns on Chateau de la Fuente, Carlos Fuente Jr. feared he wouldn't be able to make his Fuente Fuente OpusX cigars, powerful smokes cloaked in wrapper leaves grown on that farm. Turning to his vast stocks of tobacco, he used aged, dark Connecticut broadleaf and put it on a Fuente Fuente OpusX bunch, creating a new brand he dubbed Arturo Fuente Añejo.

Fuente's Añejo brand is made in fairly small quantities, and typically shows up in high-end cigar stores around Father's Day and the December holiday season. The smokes have a full-bodied, brawny flavor and pack a considerable punch, making them favorites among those who like their cigars spicy and bold.

The cigars typically score in the high 80s in blind tastings in Cigar Aficionado magazine and Cigar Insider newsletter; the Reserva No. 55 once scored 94 points.

Click here to see all our tasting notes and ratings of the Añejo.

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