In 1998 the Dominican Republic was struck by Hurricane Georges and the Fuente’s farm, Chateau de la Fuente was destroyed. The devastation caused a shortage of the rare, coveted Opus X wrapper leaves. Carlos Fuente, Jr. decided to improvise and began utilizing US Connecticut Broadleaf wrappers yet keeping the Opus X filler and binder. That combination resulted in the Arturo Fuente Añejo Reserva Xtra Viejo.
The family grown filler blend and binder is embraced with a US Connecticut Broadleaf Maduro wrapper. Not taking any shortcuts, the special dark chocolate Maduro wrappers are aged for 5 years in oak cognac barrels. The process allows for a smooth and oily smoking experience with an aroma of cedar. This sexy cigar is composed of rare Añejos with a blend of Opus X, Don Carlos, and Hemingway filler.
The complex Añejo Viejo Xtra is full bodied and not for the lightweight smoker. Bold flavors of sweet cognac and spice permeate the stick. The sweet Connecticut Broadleaf provides notes of cocoa, sweet cream and walnuts.
The Arturo Fuente Añejo Reserva 46 Xtra Viejo may be difficult to find due to limited availability but if you do get your hand on this rare beauty, I suggest savoring the complexity with the finest cognac.
In times of a natural disaster people tend to come together as one and become creative with their coping of devastation. In the case of Carlos Fuente Jr.’s creation of the Arturo Fuente Añejo Reserva 46 Xtra Viejo, he did just that.