Spotlight: Alec Bradley Cigar Company

The Alec Bradley Cigar Company was founded by Alan Rubin in 1996. He had sold his family import business and wanted to pursue his passion of cigars. To help with day to day operations, Alan brought in Ralph Montero who is the current Executive Vice President. The new company partnered with Henke Kelner of Davidoff […]

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Spotlight: CAO Cigars

C.A.O. was founded in 1968 by Cano (pronounced JOHN-no) A. Ozgener in Nashville, TN. C.A.O started out dealing in pipes and humidors. In 1980, C.A.O branched out into the cigar business but, did not do well. Retreating back to pipes and cigars, they tried cigars again in 1995. The first blend was made by Nestor […]

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Spotlight: Tatuaje Cigars

The Tatuaje brand was developed by Pete Johnson and Don Pepin Garcia. The name means “tattoo” in Spanish and was named for all of Pete Johnson’s tattoos. Tatuaje was the first brand that Don Pepin made on his own. They were first released in 2003. The full line up of Tatuaje cigars includes: Seleccion De […]

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Spotlight: Quesada Cigars

Quesada Cigars, formally known as MATASA, is a family-owned factory based in the Dominican Republic. The Quesada family has been a part of the tobacco world for over a century and had an interesting start. Brothers Antero and Constantino Gonzales were bakers in Cuba. After receiving tobacco as payment for some services, they started a […]

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Spotlight: AJ Fernandez Cigars

AJ Fernandez is a third generation cigar maker. His Grandfather, Andres Fernandez started growing tobacco in Pre-Castro Cuba in the town of San Luis. Growing up, AJ learned the time honored methods and cigar making secrets of creating premium cigars from his Grandfather and Father, Ismael Fernandez. Today, AJ Fernandez cigars are produced in Esteli, […]

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Spotlight: Blue Mountain Cigars

Blue Mountain Cigars is a family owned & operated business. It was started in April 1995 by cigar connoisseur and entrepreneur Marvin Wright and his wife Jacqueline. Marvin was born and raised in Jamaica. His father was an entrepreneur who grew tobacco. After he completed school, Marvin moved to Cuba and developed his own passion […]

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Spotlight: My Father Cigars

The history of My Father Cigars started 12 years ago when Jose Pepin Garcia and his family established a very small cigar factory in Little Havana in 2003. Six years later, the My Father Cigars factory had a grand opening in Nicaragua. Don Pepin’s cigar history began when he was 11 years old, living in […]

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Spotlight: Boutique Blends Cigars

The Boutique Blend Cigars brand was officially launched in February of 2012 but, the project actually started 2 years earlier in the Dominican Republic. In 2010, the Swag Puro Dominicano was released and went on to become very popular. At the end of 2011, the Aging Room Small Batch M356 was introduced. In 2012, Boutique […]

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The Exodus of Cigar Makers from Cuba

On January 2nd, 1959, Fidel Castro descended from the Cuban mountains and took control of the country’s government. During the revolution, people had donated to Castro’s cause and were elated for this change. Some of the donations came from the large tobacco farmers and cigar manufacturers. Little did these people know that their elation would […]

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Cigar Industry Leaders to Know: Delicia Silva

Cigar Industry Leaders: Delicia Silva Title: Cigar Vixen (owner of Cigarvixen.com) Where did you grow up? San Diego, CA Favorite Candy? Almond Roca Animal? Monkey Movie? Scarface Band? Tough question – Beatles, Stones, The Doors, and the Buena Vista Social Club Food? Chicken Mole Poblano Sports Team? Dodgers and Lakers If your house was on […]

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