After a year-long delay, the much-anticipated collaboration between Arturo Fuente and Padrón will debut this Sunday at the 2022 PCA Convention & Trade Show.
For those in attendance at the industry trade show, the companies will show off the new project at 3:30 p.m. local time in booth 1321.
The two companies have been working on the project for more than two years and details have slowly leaked out. Each company blended a 7 x 50 Churchill cigar, which will be packaged in a single 40-count box. Blend details, pricing, release dates and production numbers remain unknown, though the name of the project appears to have emerged, it is being feared to as Legends.
This is not simply two of the most prominent names in the cigar industry collaborating, it’s also a project that honors two men who built the respective companies: the late Carlos A. Fuente Sr. and the late José O. Padrón. Furthermore, each company made a cigar honoring the other company’s patriarch: Jorge Padrón blended a cigar to honor Fuente Sr., while Carlos “Carlito” Fuente Jr. blended a cigar to honor Padrón.
“Padrón and Fuente will pay tribute to their fathers,” Carlos “Carlito” Fuente Jr. told halfwheel in 2020. “If they were still here, I think that both of them would be smiling seeing this project come together,” said Padrón. “This project is very rewarding for me to do, and to show what the industry is all about—the heritage, the passions, the traditions.”
Inside the box are two trays, one with 20 cigars made by Fuente, another with 20 cigars made by Padrón. While the box has not been unveiled, it will contain symbols and photographs honoring the two families as well as the words Familia, Perseverancia and Legado, Spanish for family, perseverance and legacy.
The cigar was announced in October 2020 as a release for last year’s 2021 PCA Convention & Trade Show, but the project was conspicuously absent last year.
A portion of the sales of the cigars will be donated to the Cigar Family Charitable Foundation and the Padrón Family Foundation.