Roberto P. Duran, manufacturer of Duran Cigars, and master blender and torcedor Cristano ‘Santo’ Cardenas will officially launch the brand at an event on 22 October at Abah & Son Moto Café in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
The event is set to attract over 120 cigar lovers from across Malaysia, many who are members of cigar clubs including Malaysia Cigar Journal and Malaysian Pipe Smokers. Santo has been in Malaysia for most of September as a guest of local distributors Trinidad Cigar Company. Santo’s cigar rolling has been featured at cigar lounges, hotels, and private events, while also used as a training component for hospitality staff in Malaysia.
“I am delighted to have our cigars available to the cigar enthusiast of Malaysia,” said Roberto Duran. “We are a boutique brand vertically integrated; we grow our own wrappers in Ecuador, we process all our tobacco leaves in our processing facilities in Nicaragua and we roll all our cigars in our own Nicatabaco factory in Nicaragua.
The entire process is carried out by a team of Cuban experts including the legendary roller Santo Cardenas, who has over 57 years’ experience in blending and rolling premium cigars, and who is now quite familiar to the cigar community in Malaysia. This sets us apart from other brands and speaks of the craftsmanship of our brands Roberto Duran, Neya, Baracoa, and Domazan. We look forward to share our passion with Trinidad Cigar Company and cigar lovers in Malaysia.”
“We take pride in working with all local cigar clubs to bring everyone together to share cigar knowledge, passion, and most importantly to enjoy good cigars,” said Hazely Harun, Trinidad Cigar Company’s General Manager. “By featuring Roberto and Santo at the event, we hope Malaysian cigar lovers can gain first-hand information on cigars, the tobacco fields, and factories. Roberto Duran Cigars are great cigars and accessible to everyone to enjoy.”