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“Fortaleza Tres” defined

Q. A couple of weeks ago you wrote a review of the new CAO LX2. In it you wrote: “…the second, butterfly-shaped band has the words, ‘Fortaleza Tres’ on it, which translates to ‘three strengths.’ (I’m looking into what that’s all about).” Did you ever find out where the term comes from?
Thanks,
Big Mike in Venice, CA

A. Actually, I did. I went to the source, Jon Huber at CAO, who wrote back:

“It’s an old Cuban classification of strength. Fortaleza translates to ‘strength’ – Seco, Viso, and Ligero were classified as uno, dos, and tres, respectively. So ‘Fortaleza Tres’ was the term for ‘Ligero’ (and, of course, “Lx2” refers to “Ligero-times-Two”).

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Gary Korb has been writing and editing content for CigarAdvisor.com since its debut in 2008. An avid cigar smoker for over 30 years, during the past 12 years he has worked on the marketing side of the premium cigar business as a Sr. Copywriter, blogger, and cigar reviewer. A graduate of the Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University, prior to his career in the cigar business, Gary worked in the music and video industry as a marketer and a publicist.

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