As first reported by Cigar Aficionado today, Arturo Fuente and Padrón Cigars have announced that the two companies will collaborate on a special project in commemoration of each family’s late leading men, Carlos Fuente Sr. and José Orlando Padrón.
For this unique project, the successive leaders of each family—Jorge Padrón and Carlos “Carlito” Fuente Jr.—will each blend a cigar in honor of the other man’s father. Carlito is said to have already finished his blend, which was made to suit the palate of José Padrón. Meanwhile, Jorge is still in the development process of his blend, likewise made as something that Fuente Sr. would have enjoyed. Both cigars are therefore described as targeting balanced profiles that increase in enjoyment from start to finish. “A cigar you can enjoy from the beginning to the very end, and when you finish it, you want to light up another one,” according to Jorge Padrón.
Each cigar will be rolled in a 7″ x 50 Churchill format and will be offered in humidor-style boxes affixed with imagery of each man, as well as their signatures on the cigars’ bands. The cigars are currently slated to debut at the 2021 PCA trade show in July, with the companies planning to donate a portion of the proceeds to charity when the cigars ship.
While Arturo Fuente dates back to 1912 and Padrón 1964, both companies transitioned into the juggernauts of today’s industry during the great cigar boom of the ’90s. This was due, in large part, to Cigar Aficionado’s high praise of Fuente’s OpusX and Padrón’s 1964 Anniversary Series cigars, which launched in 1995 and 1994 respectively and remain benchmarks of Dominican and Nicaraguan smoking performances to this day.
A collaboration between the two brands is something many have dreamed of but few ever anticipated. For more information, be sure to tune into tonight’s episode of Smoke Night LIVE featuring Cynthia Fuente.