Author Archives: Reinhold C. Widmayer

José O. Padrón’s: Unforgettable Moments

José O. Padrón’s: Unforgettable Moments

José Orlando Padrón, founder of the world-renowned cigar brand and pioneer of the Nicaraguan cigar industry, celebrated his 91st birthday in the middle of this year. The most valuable present to mark this jubilee, however, was prepared by and for himself (and, above all, for us passionados). In line with the Cuban poet and author

Nicholas Perdomo III: Simply being the son is not enough

Nick Perdomo Jr. has achieved the American dream par excellence. After 26 years in the cigar business and approaching his midfifites, he manages a company that has more than 4,000 employees, cultivates 1,200 acres of tobacco land and has a production capacity of 80,000 cigars per day.

Carlos Fuente Jr.: We are all one

Since the death of his father on August 5, 2016, Carlito has been the head of the family. That Fuente is one of the most important cigar families (yearly production approx. 30 million cigars) and produces many of the most coveted cigars in the world is adequately known. But who is this man?


Rakesh “Rocky” Patel is celebrating his 25th anniversary in the cigar industry with the motto “in it all the way.” He is investing substantially in Nicaragua, where he’s now cultivating Connecticut and Broadleaf wrapper, and after purchasing considerable areas of arable land will soon be cultivating 845,000 square meters (120 manzanas). The construction of a

Christian Eiroa: The Corojo King

For his young age, Christian Eiroa can boast an impressive career. When you take into consideration that the 44-year-old didn’t light his first cigar (a La Fontana from his father’s company) until he was 20 at a family Thanksgiving dinner, you can imagine that Christian Eiroa never had time to waste. Even though he already



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