La Flor Dominicana opened its factory in Tamboril in 1996. Torcedor Rafael is now 38 years old and has worked at La Flor Dominicana for 16 years, almost from the start. All in all, he’s happy with his choice of workplace and with his career. The intimate cigar world that is Tamboril exposes itself once more.
The highest exclusivity in every detail: Wojciech Jaroszewicz’s Casa del Habano in Poland offers excellent Puros from Cuba as well as selected spirits.
Boutique Blends Cigars is not only the company name under which Rafael Nodal manufactures his cigars. The name is a concept: Small batches – that’s their philosophy.
How important is the cigar industry for a country like the Dominican Republic? Hendrik Kelner at Davidoff points to the concentration of cigar related businesses in the city of Santiago as one of the main reasons for the Dominican success.
In the last two years, Royal Agio Cigars has created two top cigars in a row. Who is behind the name, which, in the first instance, one associates with cigarillos, shortfillers and brands like Mehari’s, Panter and Biddies?
Ramón Emilio Cruz is proud of his family’s four-generation history in the cigar industry – and on the weekends, away from work, he enjoys a childhood hobby: cock fighting.
In Finland and Iceland there is an absolute ban on tobacco promotion. Nevertheless the Swede Stephan Praetorius, manager-in-chief at Habanos Nordic AB, has increased the sale of Habanos by a third within one decade. The exclusive distributor of Cuban cigars for northern Europe employs a staff of 13 and offers a range of around 135 vitolas – practically the entire Habanos range.
“You like cigars?” This is probably the most common question you will encounter in Cuba when walking through Old Havana. The official prices for Cohibas and Montecristos appear to be high for many tourists visiting the country for the first time, so they seek different channels to fulfill their desire for fine tobacco.
Back in 2009 a hub was set up especially for women in the branch – the International Women’s Cigar Society (IWCS). The platform not only unites the distribution, the manufacturing and supplier side, but also the cigar smokers themselves, and women’s cigar clubs have found their point of contact in IWCS.
A job at the Panama Caribbean Cigar factory changed the life of Emmanuel Martinez four years ago. The 24-year-old started working as a cigar roller and since cigar culture in Panama is nowhere near as prominent as in many of its neighboring countries, Emmanuel knew nothing about cigars before he started there.
According to Peter Zimmermann, owner of Den anspråkslösa cigarraffären in Malmö, Gothenburg has been at the forefront of the Swedish tobacco market for a long time, but he also says things are changing.
Cigars bearing the name Rocky Patel are expected to be something special. And they are. Since founding the company, Rocky Patel has created and approved every single cigar blend. Each one served a unique purpose at the time. Over the decades, this is how Rocky Patel cigars have developed a broad portfolio.