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Arturo Fuente Cigars

Arturo Fuente Cigars
Arturo Fuente Cigars

 

The Cigar World

Excerpt from the book by Cosima Aichholzer

Carlos was just seven years old when he secretly stole a Breva from his father, Arturo Fuente. Company founder Arturo, a Cuban exile, rolled cigars in his house using tobacco imported from Cuba until the trade embargo. His son Carlos transferred the production plant to Nicaragua until the Sandinista Revolution. Carlos Fuente fled the country for his safety, losing absolutely everything he had invested in Nicaragua. The family started again in 1980 in the Dominican Republic – this time successfully. Today, cigars from Chateau de la Fuente have acquired cult status, and Carlos Jr “Carlito” is President of Tabacalera A. Fuente y Cía and is one of the best-known and most respected representatives in the industry. He is never seen without his hallmark cigar and hat. In Carlos Fuente Jr’s words, “You must run the cigar business with your heart, not with a pencil and paper. You have to have a lot of passion.”

It is with this approach that the Fuente family has achieved globally recognized cigar perfection. The family’s heart is also in the right place: they established a charity located on Chateau de la Fuente, called the Cigar Family Charitable Foundation. The Fuente Fuente Opus X is one of the most famous Tubos in the world, followed by the Chateau Fuente series and the Arturo Fuente Hemingway series. They are all of high quality and have distinct characteristics. In 1995, Forbes magazine wrote: “The Fuentes produce cigars in the Dominican Republic that Castro himself would envy.”

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The Cigar World Book

 

Luxury, exclusivity, status―for centuries, the cigar has been a symbol for the special and extraordinary. Cigar smoking, which began over 2,000 years ago with the Maya, is experiencing a huge renaissance today. The cigar is a recreational luxury item in high demand, a combination of craftsmanship and tradition with a cult following that is hard to top. Connoisseur and cigar expert Cosima Aichholzer is one of the world’s leading authorities on cigars. There isn’t a cigar lounge in the world she hasn’t travelled to, or a brand that she hasn’t personally tested. In this standard reference work for all cigar experts and fans, the sophisticated Austrian provides authoritative answers to questions about the cigar’s history, production process, where tobacco for cigars is grown, how to buy and store cigars, and much more. Let us take you on an exciting and fascinating journey into the world of cigars. Learn more about the countries they come from, the raw materials that go into them, the craftsmanship involved in making them, and the world’s most beautiful cigar lounges, all shown in captivating pictures. Take a look at exclusive accessories, custom-made humidors, luxurious lighters, and many other items. So sit back, light up a cigar with celebrity fellow smokers, and peruse entertaining interviews that include tidbits like the cigar that Arnold Schwarzenegger finds unforgettable.

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Celebrity Cigar Smokers

Groucho Marks Cigars

We all remember the images of celebrities from back in the day who were avid cigar smokers, George Burns, Groucho Marks and even more recently Clint Eastwood and Jack Nicholson.  But are cigars still hot with the stars of today?  The Cigar Store has put together our take on the Top 10 Celebrity cigar smokers of today and we think you’ll be surprised by some of the familiar faces we found. Needless to say, love of the leaf is as hot as ever:

 

Rihanna

The Barbadian singer, songwriter, and actress was born in Saint Michael and raised in Bridgetown, in the heart of cigar heaven.   Rihanna has been known to kick back while enjoying a great cigar and even shared her passion with Shakira in the music video “Can’t Remember to Forget You.” Rihanna has been spotted enjoying various cigars, from smaller Arturo Fuente Exquisito to the larger Cohiba Corona Minor.

Heidi Klum

Heidi Klum

Heidi Klum is a German-American supermodel, television personality, businesswoman, fashion designer, singer, television producer, and occasional actress. She also is a cigar lover….who knew! Heidi can be seen strolling the streets with her favorite Partagas 1845 Robusto in hand.

Jennifer Lopez aka JLo

Jennifer Lopez aka JLo

Known all of the world for her hit movies, hit songs and hip attitude, JLo lights up our Top 10 List (pun intended) as only she can.  JLo’s smoke of choice, why of course – Padron

Sean Combs – P Diddy

Sean Combs – P Diddy

Combs tries to take time out each week to let go of business and just relax with his kids: “That was one of the things I hoped for when I moved to L.A.: that we were all together out here,” he says. “It helped me get my priorities in order and focus on quality time with them.”

Sundays are also his time for slowing down with a great cigar. Every Sunday he takes what he refers to as “me time,” usually with a Cohiba, occasionally with a Montecristo. And sometimes he enjoys cigars during the week as well.

“That’s the definition of a cigar for me: when you’re comfortable, and don’t want to feel stress,” he says. “It calms the mind. It’s something I’ve been doing for the past few years. I do my best to make sure I take that time.”

Demi Moore

Demi Moore

Demi Moore? The sexy, glamorous, provocative, cigar smoking film star, the highest-paid actress in movie history has adorned movie screens and magazine covers, gossip columns and celebrity TV shows, for more than a decade….and her smoke of choice: Montecristo No. 2 Torpedo

Vanessa Williams

Vanessa Williams

Actress, singer, and fashion designer. Vanessa Williams initially gained recognition as the first African-American recipient of the Miss America title.  Even if later she resigned as Miss America, beauty and talent gave her a second opportunity as a singer and as an actress on important Hollywood productions as Teri Joseph in the 1997 feature film Soul Food, Wilhelmina Slater in Ugly Betty, and Renee Perry in Desperate Housewives). Vanessa Williams has been photographed enjoying her favorite Oliva Connecticut Reserve Robusto on many occasions around Hollywood.

Usher

Usher

So when he relaxes with a cigar, his voice is always a consideration: “I don’t smoke when I’m on tour,” he says. “If I have a few days off, I might. I tend to celebrate with a cigar at the end of a tour.”

Usher is enjoys a Cohiba Corona, the variety made in the Dominican Republic. “I like the smell and taste of a good cigar. It’s a great fit that truly celebrates the occasion. There’s nothing better than to open the doors, feel the summer breeze and have a nice cigar. And there’s nothing better, when you’re in a space where you’re being creative. There’s something about savoring a moment, rather than wracking your head to find a creative solution.

“I like the smell and taste of a good cigar. It’s a great fit that truly celebrates the occasion. And there’s nothing better, when you’re in a space where you’re being creative. There’s something about savoring a moment, rather than wracking your head to find a creative solution. I’m too young to consider myself a connoisseur. I just enjoy smoking cigars. And I’m not blowing smoke up your ass.”

Kid Rock

Kid Rock

The singer that transcends the gap between country and rock is the bad boy that everybody loves. Despite partying too hard and never being seen without his Stetson – and usually leather trousers too – Kid Rock has a class and style which is hard to match. However, although he’s not averse to a few drinks here and there, one of his biggest loves is his cigar.

Kid Rock was recently asked: “You’re well-known as a man who loves a good cigar. What’s your favorite brand”?

Kid Rock:  Arturo Fuente Short Stories — the Hemingways. That’s all I smoke. I’d appreciate it if you would be so kind as to tell people I very much appreciate the cigars they bring me all the time, but most of those go to my father. I only smoke the Short Stories. I appreciate the gesture very much, and I always accept them, but I do not smoke anything but the Fuente Short Stories.

Ice Cube

Ice Cube

Actor and rapper Ice Cube was born in South Central Los Angeles in 1969. With fellow rappers Dr. Dre, Eazy-E, DJ Yella and MC Ren, he rocketed to fame in the late 1980s as a member of the hard-hitting gangsta rap group, N.W.A. After breaking off on his own in ’89, Cube has put together a successful recording and acting career, having appeared in the films Friday (1995), Barbershop (2002) and 21 Jump Street (2012).  Our favorite actor/rapper is often seen around town enjoying a Punch Magnum Double Maduro

Jay-Z

Jay-Z

The King of hip-hop is an avid cigar fan. He has been interviewed in Cigar Aficionado and appeared on its cover.  He is a huge fan of Ramon Allones and Montecristo.  Jay-Z loves cigars so much he went out and developed his own line.  Working with General Cigar, Jay produced the new Cohiba Commodore, a rich tasty medium to full bodied smoke.  Good luck finding them as they are a rare bird for sure!

The celebrities we’ve highlighted are just a tiny cross-section of those who are regularly seen out and about enjoying a cigar.  Cigar smoking is gaining in popularity as a way to relax and treat yourself to a quiet, private celebration on a job well done.

Cigar Smoking for Dummies

Cigar Smoking for Dummies

One of our goals of TheCigarStore is to demystify and share our love of cigars.  Let’s be honest; the multitude of cigar shapes, sizes and wrappers can be overwhelming to a first time buyer.  We receive hundreds of calls each month with questions about the various options available from novice smokers and connoisseurs alike.  With that in mind we’ve put together a compilation of some of the most asked subjects we receive questions on to try to educate you and share our love of “all things cigar”.

Cigar Shapes and Sizes

Cigars are rolled in many lengths and ring sizes.  To make it easier, cigars are given a name based on their size.  The two characteristics used to describe a cigar are the length (measured in inches) and the ring size (a description of the cigar’s diameter or thickness).  The ring size is broken down by 64ths of an inch, so when you say a cigar has a ring size of 50, you are really saying it is 50/64 of an inch thick.  One other factor in describing a cigar is based on the way it is rolled.  A typical cigar where the end is rolled open and the cap end requires cutting is known as a Parejo. Parejos are either rolled as a round cigar or can be square in shape, also known as box-pressed.  The final description of a cigar includes its strength.  A full bodied cigar will be strong vs. a mild cigar.  Because of the incredible variety of tobaccos available that can be used, strengths can vary between manufacturers.  Think of a fine single malt whiskey for example.  Many varieties come from Scotland but due to the variances in the ingredients used, no two taste exactly the same.  The same is true for cigars.

Here is a breakdown of some of the most common cigar shapes:

Shape Length Ring Size Popular Examples
Corona 5 ½ – 6 inches 42-44 Ashton Corona
Petite Corona 4 – 5 inches 40-42 Acid Blondie
Churchill 7 inches 47-50 Montecristo Platinum Churchill
Robusto 5 48-52 Rocky Patel Decade Robusto
Corona Gorda (Toro) 5 5/8 – 6 ¼ inches 46-50 Romeo y Julieta Vintage No. II
Double Corona 7 ½ – 8 ½ 49-52 CAO Gold Label Double Corona
Panatela 5 – 7 ½ inches 34-38 Punch London Club
Lonsdale 6 ½ inches 42 Montecristo No. 1

Even though the vast majority of cigars manufactured are Parejos, many companies have begun to differentiate themselves through new innovative shapes known as Figurados.  A Figurado can broadly be described as a cigar that is not round (cylindrical).  There are many variations of Figurado shapes and sizes.

The majority fall into one of the following four shapes:

Shape Length Ring Size Popular Examples
Pyramid 6 – 7 inches 40-54 Arturo Fuente Chateau Fuente Pyramid
Belicoso 5 – 5 ½ inches 50 Baccarat Belicoso Natural
Torpedo 5 – 7 inches 50-54 Tatuaje Miami Unicos
Perfecto 4 ½ – 9 inches 38-48 Punch Champion Double Maduro

Cigar Wrapper Colors

Cigar wrappers come in a host of colors.  Depending on where in the world the tobacco crop was grown, wrappers colors can vary from pale green to dark black.  Each of these wrappers provide a different taste for the cigar smoker and is therefore left to individual preference.  There are five basic cigar wrapper colors but many variations within each wrapper color.  The variations are caused by the type of seed used, the amount of sunlight during growth and the aging process used to dry the plant.

From the light to dark the five most commonly used wrapper colors are as follows:

Wrapper Description Popular Examples
Double Claro aka Candela Light green in color caused by quick-drying technique which locks in the plants chlorophyll. La Flor Dominicana Double Claro No. 48
Claro Light tan in color caused by being grown in the shade under cheesecloth tents. Antonio y Cleopatra Grenadier Light
Colorado Medium-brown to brownish-red, this wrapper is full flavored yet emits a subtle some. Dunhill Signed Range Gigante
Maduro Varies from a deep reddish-brown to almost black. Maduro means “mature” in Spanish, which refers to the increased time required to cure the wrapper. Kristoff Maduro Robusto
Oscuro This black-as-night wrapper is accomplished by leaving the leaves on the plant as long as possible, by using only the leaves from the top of the plant, and by fermenting them for an especially long time. Most often Brazilian or Mexican in origin. This category is sometimes referred to as “black,” “negro” or “double maduro.” PDR 1878 Reserva Dominicana Habana Robusto

So there you have it, clear as mud, right? What are your likes and dislikes?  Narrow down the variables to determine the right cigar for you:

  • Do you prefer a Parejo or Figurado shape
  • Do you typically enjoy a cigar for an hour or more (longer cigar) or is your time limited (smaller length
  • What ring size feels best in your hand
  • After you’ve nailed the size and shape you prefer, the rest comes down to taste. Strong or mild or somewhere in between, the choices are endless.
  • Save yourself a few bucks and help narrow these choices down by purchasing single cigars, 5-Packs or Sampler Packs

 

 

 

 

Davidoff Cigars


Davidoff Cigars

 

The Cigar World

Excerpt from the book by Cosima Aichholzer

A cigar makes time stand still’ is a quote often associated with a man whose name was synonymous with cigars throughout his lifetime: Zino Davidoff (left). In 1911, Henri Davidoff opened a small cigar shop in Geneva that quickly grew. It became an inspiration for his son Zino, born Sussele-Meier Davidoff in the former Russian Empire. In the early 1920s, Zino travelled to South America to learn everything about the tobacco business. Upon his return to Geneva, he took over the reins of the family business.

In 1946, Zino was selling his own cigar line from a Cuban production factory which he named after famous the French wineries. By 1968, Davidoff’s No. 1, No. 2 and Ambassadrice were launched, all with the legendary white band. From then until the early 1990s, the cigars were produced in Cuba under the Davidoff brand name.

In 1970, Davidoff sold the firm to his friend Dr. Ernst Schneider (p. 21), CEO of Basler Oettinger Imex AG, and the multinational company Oettinger Davidoff AG came into being. Zino himself became a tireless, global ambassador for the Davidoff brand. The company’s portfolio today includes not only Davidoff, but also brands such as Camacho, Zino Platinum, AVO, Cusano, The Griffin’s, Private Stock and Zino. As CEO Hans-Kristian Hoejsgaard (right) puts it, ‘Our vision revolves around innovation, passion and integrity. Inspired by this vision, we are working as a global team to be an indispensable business partner.’

The cigars are now primarily produced in the Dominican Republic, Honduras and Nicaragua, and are characterised by their reliable quality.

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The Cigar World Book

 

Luxury, exclusivity, status―for centuries, the cigar has been a symbol for the special and extraordinary. Cigar smoking, which began over 2,000 years ago with the Maya, is experiencing a huge renaissance today. The cigar is a recreational luxury item in high demand, a combination of craftsmanship and tradition with a cult following that is hard to top. Connoisseur and cigar expert Cosima Aichholzer is one of the world’s leading authorities on cigars. There isn’t a cigar lounge in the world she hasn’t travelled to, or a brand that she hasn’t personally tested. In this standard reference work for all cigar experts and fans, the sophisticated Austrian provides authoritative answers to questions about the cigar’s history, production process, where tobacco for cigars is grown, how to buy and store cigars, and much more. Let us take you on an exciting and fascinating journey into the world of cigars. Learn more about the countries they come from, the raw materials that go into them, the craftsmanship involved in making them, and the world’s most beautiful cigar lounges, all shown in captivating pictures. Take a look at exclusive accessories, custom-made humidors, luxurious lighters, and many other items. So sit back, light up a cigar with celebrity fellow smokers, and peruse entertaining interviews that include tidbits like the cigar that Arnold Schwarzenegger finds unforgettable.

Purchase The Cigar World Book