Fuente Añejos Appearing in Stores

Christmas music, decorated trees and Black Friday signal the start of the holidays for a lot of people, but many cigar smokers are getting in the spirit for a different reason this week: the holiday Arturo Fuente Añejo release.

Shipments have already begun arriving at some shops around the country, including several in New York City, with others expecting delivery in the next few days. The entire Añejo line ships just twice annually, typically around Father's Day and Christmas. It's usually not a large production, so only a few boxes make it to the stores that are able to acquire some.

The cigar has a nearly 15-year history, beginning with a disaster. In September of 1998, Hurricane Georges tore through the Caribbean Sea, causing widespread destruction throughout the region, including the famous Chateau de la Fuente tobacco plantation, far in the Dominican Republic where the wrapper leaf for the Fuente Fuente OpusX cigar is grown and harvested.

Two years later, the storm's destruction resulted in a shortage of Fuente Fuente OpusX wrapper leaf. But rather than halting production, Fuente president Carlos Fuente Jr. ordered the use of a different wrapper, an aged Connecticut broadleaf.

The dark Connecticut-broadleaf wrappers are aged in Cognac barrels, adding a certain character to the leaf. The line is currently available in seven sizes with the addition of a 48-ring-gauge corona gorda, the No. 60, two years ago. The infamous No. 77 (also known as the Shark) scored 93 in a Cigar Insider blind tasting during the holidays last year, and the line averaged 90 points.

""Mister Mike" Burgoon - Haddon Township, NJ It's great to live in the Philadelphia, PA area where you can go into most shops with an Arturo Fuente account and purchase their cigars, including Añejo at MSRP. Even at my local South Jersey stop that has to deal with New Jersey's 30% of wholesale tax, the prices are in line with MSRP plus that tax layout." —December 4, 2012 23:01 PM
"The "private" debut of Arturo Fuente Añejo cigars occurred on Thursday evening September 30, 1999 at the Champions Sports Bar (I believe now the Blue Bistro & Bar) in the Marriott Westshore, Tampa, FL. Attendees of the second Cigar Family Celebration (CFC) who were fortunate to be in Champions at the time received an Añejo #49 from Carlito Fuente. The Añejo line official debuted in June 2000 just in time for Father's Day. Cigar shops with an Arturo Fuente Cigars account each received one box of Añejo cigars. Each geographic area of the USA received a different size cigar of the then available #46 (Corona), #48 (Churchill) and #49 (Double Corona), #50 (Robusto) and #55 (Pyramid)." —December 4, 2012 22:48 PM
"As for the Father's Day/Christmas deal, my local B&M randomly got just one box of "Sharks" a little before June/Father's Day (but was told it was a leftover from the previous year's shipment. So, they didn't receive any at all during/for Father's Day. They have a lot now though! They're charging just under $17-18+ tax for the "Sharks". Not TOO bad, but not great either. DEFINITELY worth it compared to similarly priced smokes, though. Such as their $18-19 Between-the-Lines...." —December 4, 2012 21:01 PM
"LOVE the Anejos, especially the No. 77's. I have a full'06-07 box and a '08-'09 box. Then a handful of loose single "Sharks", not to mention all of the other sizes I've acquired over some time. It's too bad to see how much retailers over-charge for the "Sharks". I've easily seen double MSRP, sometimes triple. I wish they would be at MSRP, so more people could enjoy them since they're such amazing cigars. But, I suppose a shop has to do what they have to do in order to survive. (Unless they are already successful and are just greedy. Then, shame on them...) Out of the whole line, I think the No. 77 is the best by FAR. Then second, the No. 60. Great size/addition." —December 4, 2012 20:57 PM
"Gorman speaks the truth!" —December 3, 2012 23:11 PM
"Gorman, Fuente does indeed ship Añejos twice a year--but not to all accounts. As the article states, the shipments are limited, and far from all tobacconists get them. We have confirmed that stores receive them around Father's Day as well as around this time of year, but that does not guarantee that every store that gets an Añejo shipment will receive them twice a year." —December 3, 2012 16:20 PM
"The information regarding the twice a year shipment is a bit outdated....Fuente has not shipped Anejo for Fathers Day since 2007 or 2008. They only ship in the fourth quarter near Thanbksgiving due to the limited production of these fine cigars." —December 3, 2012 00:01 AM
"Thanks to Sam @ Barrlows, I enjoyed a #77 today at his fine shop.A very nice stick, smooth with a nice draw and while I didn't taste the "salty" I certainly detected the sweetness.I enjoyed the cigar well past the point of many others, hard to put it down." —December 1, 2012 22:42 PM
""Blind tasting" a Shark! That's funny..." —November 29, 2012 14:22 PM