Our final PCA 2022 Report is for Arturo Fuente. For 2022 there are two distinct components to cover at Arturo Fuente. First is the Arturo Fuente booth itself, and second is the well-publicized Fuente y Padrón Legends collaboration which was in an area adjacent to the Fuente booth.
Arturo Fuente Booth
The Arturo Fuente booth is one of the most elaborate ones at the Premium Cigar Association (PCA) Trade Show. The booth very much has a Macy’s Department Store at Christmas Time look (minus the Christmas Season). In a way, the booth is less about showcasing new products, but more in a way of telling the history and story of the Fuente family. It is beautifully laid out with glass cabinets. When it comes to new product, it’s in those cabinets but in a lot of ways its like “Easter eggs” being dropped in the cabinets – and even a guided tour can make it challenging to pick out what they are. We will cover some of the highlights.
One of the most notable new product is a sampler called the Impossible Collection. It’s a 13-cigar set containing some of Arturo Fuente’s rarest offerings. The pricing to this set was not listed, but the price will include a donation to the Cigar Family Charitable Foundation. It should be noted there had been some Impossible Collection sets that have been made available in the past at select events, and unfortunately some of these made their way into the secondary market.
Last year, Arturo Fuente made available to its authorized retailers its Casa Fuente line. This was a line of cigars that was an exclusive to the Casa Fuente retail store in Las Vegas, Nevada. This year, the Casa Fuente Robusto was on display and was made available to authorized retailers for 2022.
On the accessories front, there are two noteworthy items. First are the two-piece Opus X Crystal ashtrays. There is an crystal OpusX logo that can be placed over the ashtray bowl. The ashtray can be used with or without the logo piece. There was a red and gold classic OpusX version and a blue and gold OpusX 20th anniversary option on display. Both of these ashtrays are now available.
One other item of note was the Fuente Dog Bowls. We had seen this in the display, but thought these were more for adornment of the Fuente display. Turns out these were made available to retailers to order. The second row of the booth shot below shows both dog bowls. Both are priced at $55.00 and are now available.
Fuente y Padrón Legends
The following is the recap from our PCA 2022 Report for Padrón Cigars:
If you aren’t familiar with the Legends collaboration, it’s a project that has been in the works for a while now. The principals of the project, Jorge Padrón and Carlos “Carlito” Fuente Jr. created cigars to honor their fathers, the late José Orlando Padrón and Carlos Fuente Sr. The twist is that each principal blended a cigar to honor the other principal’s father. In other words, Jorge Padrón created a cigar to honor Carlos Fuente Sr. and Carlito Fuente created a cigar to honor Jose Orlando Padrón.
One thing many of us in the media noticed when we looked at the Trade Show layout was that the Padrón and Arturo Fuente booths were adjacent to each other. There was also a small gap between the booths that was in Arturo Fuente’s name. Many of us suspected immediately that this could be used for the rollout of the collaboration. This wasn’t confirmed until the eve of the Trade Show.
Padrón and Fuente are not known to tip their hat on many projects, so it was no surprise that the details of the Fuente y Padrón Legends project had been scarce. The two companies decided to do a launch on July 10th on the Trade Show floor in the area between the two booths. It turned out to be sheer mayhem. I don’t think either company expected a crowd nearly as large as the crowd that was received at that booth. It would have been nice for the media to have better access, but it still doesn’t take away from the historical significance of the project.
The project is spectacular, from the packaging to the cigars themselves. We don’t know much about the Fuente y Padrón Legends cigars other than they are 7 x 50 vitolas and will be packaged together. It’s even an unknown how this cigar will be ordered.
When you open the box, there are two trays containing 20 cigars each. One tray contains the blend done by Carlito Fuente in honor of José Orlando Padrón. The other contains the blend done by Jorge Padrón for Carlos Fuente Sr.
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Photo Credit: Erron Nielsen for PCA 2022