Néstor Andrés Plasencia’s passion for sustainable farming took hold while he was studying agriculture. In 2002, the first completely organically grown cigar was born, the Reserva Orgánica.
Oliva Cigar Company/J. Cortes is building a new factory north of Estelí in Nicaragua. At the moment they’re producing 60,000 boxes at rented facilities in the centre of town, which gives little room for growth.
Moving to a new factory brings new tasks and challenges. Together, Camacho’s leading duo, Manuel Batista, general manager, and Luis Tábora, head of finance, give an insight into the organization.
It’s not only beaches that you’re never far away from in Barbados. It’s rum and cigars, too. Tourists as well as the locals enjoy the rising cigar culture of the island.
Ever since the 1800s, the San Andrés Valley in the state of Veracruz has been the center of tobacco in Mexico. Today it is what Estelí is to Nicaragua and Santiago to the Dominican Republic.
When Celia Sánchez, Fidel Castro’s indispensable helper, decided in 1967 to introduce women into the cigar business, hundreds of women lined up for the prestigious task of rolling for Cuba’s leader and his guests. One of them was 18-year-old María Sierra.
The Little Havana area in Miami, Florida was once full of cigar factories, like My Father, Perdomo and Padrón. When they moved their production to Central America, El Titan stayed put. Today Cobas has ten rollers in what is one of very few factories left on the street.
Jeff Borysiewicz wanted to see if it was possible to grow tobacco in Florida again, so he set up the first tobacco farm in the state since 1977. Back in the day, Florida was the second-most important tobacco growing region in the United States, after Connecticut.
It started out as a worker’s shirt for guayaba pickers, or so some say. Now it’s the number one fashion item for people in the cigar world, and it’s all due to someone becomingly known as the Guayabera Lady.
The 90 visitors this evening were treated to an Alma Fuerte, a cigar made of 100 percent Nicaraguan tobacco, paired up with two glasses of Glenfiddich, the 14 Year Bourbon Barrel and the 15 Year Solera.
The Swedish cigar importer and distributor Brother of the Leaf has invited French wine expert, Philipe Saillard, to do a wine, foie gras and cigar pairing in Uppsala, north of Stockholm, on Friday, October 21.
At the InterTabac trade show in Dortmund Perdomo introduced a couple of new products. Besides a whole new line he also presented a line extension and a gift box.