The Spanish-American War would force Arturo Fuente, Sr to flee Cuba and establish himself in Florida. By 1912 he had a company with his name on it and a loyal customer base. That said, it was a small business which sold a few thousand high quality sticks a year. 1958 would see the Arturo, Sr’s company handed down to his son, Carlos Fuente. Carlos had a vision to grow the company. Over his lifetime Fuente would become one of the largest, successful and recognized companies in the industry. Sadly, Carlos passed away on August 5, 2016 at the age of 81. What started as a small company with a loyal following, grew into a 30 million cigar a year giant while improving quality every step of the way.
So, come in and light up a Fuente in the honor of a family who took this industry to new heights.
Julius Caeser (J.C.) Newman left Hungary and founded his company in the year 1895. That company is now the oldest family owned premium cigar maker in the United States. What could be better than that, you may ask? Working with and distributing Arturo Fuente cigars! These two well respected companies make for an impressive team.
Don Pepin was born in a small town in Cuba. His family were all cigar makers and tobacco growers. So, it is now surprise, that Pepin would introduced to cigars at an early age. It didn’t take long for him to become known as a Master Blender who created some of the most iconic cigars of all time. Pepin would leave Cuba in 2001 for the tobacco fields of Nicaragua where he would take his game to another level. His company My Father Cigars have produced numerous award winners and are sure to put a smile on your face.
Come in and enjoy the products made by a true Cigar Godfather.
Padron Cigars is a true seed-to-shelf company. For three generations, this family has controlled every aspect of their product from the growing of the crop to the distribution of the final product. What’s not to love about that?! Cigar smokers world-wide know the name Padron, and know that everything they make has a quality and consistency that most can only dream of. Currently, Jose and his son, Jorge Padron, are in charge of this family business and they continue the strong family tradition of craftsmanship.
Robert Levin set out to make his mark in the tobacco industry by starting Ashton in 1985. Levin was raised in the industry and eventually went from selling cigars to owning a cigar company. Robert has a keen eye for quality, which is what brought him to team up with Arturo Fuente and Don Pepin to create the smokes we have all come to love from Ashton.
Julio R. Eiroa and his son, Justo like to call their company a “Crop-to-Shop” operation. The two of them control all aspect of the tobacco process, something not many other companies can claim to do. Because of this, you can rest assured everything they produce will be of the highest quality and consistency as anything on the shelf. Further, they are also known to be the premier grower of Corojo and are committed to bringing back the flavor that made that leaf so popular in the 60s. Personally, they have surpassed this goal and have created something very special.
Now is the time to jump on the JRE train and ride it to the apex of the industry!
Timing is everything. The Oliva Cigar Company launched at the beginning of the “Cigar Boom” of the 90s. Americans found a love for the spicy tobacco that was coming out of Nicaragua, and by 2005 they were the second largest producer of tobacco in the country. In this short period of time the company has won numerous awards included the coveted Cigar of the Year from Cigar Aficionado.
Pete Johnson is known around the world as one of the best blenders of fine tobacco. His journey began in California working for a well known cigar store. It didn’t take long for some of the biggest names in the industry to recognize he had some serious talent. Don Pepin would take him under his wing and soon the two of them were creating some of the most edgy, yet well-balanced cigars on the planet. Pete would launch his own company, Tatuaje, in 2003 and his products would skyrocket to one of the hottest names in the industry. You seriously cannot go wrong smoking anything he makes!
Alan Rubin is a stylish man of good taste. He also knows a good opportunity when he sees one. In the midst of the “Cigar Boom” of the 90s he jumped at his chance to realize a lifelong dream. He named his company after his children and by 2011 he would produce the highly prized Prensado, winner of the Cigar Aficionado Cigar of the Year award. Who can’t get behind a story like that?!
Dr. Gaby Kafie was born into the rich tradition of cigars in Honduras. He would later move to the United States and attend medical school and eventually reach his goal of practicing sports medicine. The good doctor practiced for nearly 10 years before getting the unfortunate news that he had developed a very rare ocular disease and could no longer practice medicine. It was at this time he decided to focus on his other passions in life, cigars!
Kafie Cigars came to fruition in 2013 and his passion for tobacco can be tasted in every puff.
Sam Paley emigrated to the United States from Ukraine in the late 1800s. He soon found he had a love for tobacco and began rolling and blending cigars in Chicago. In 1896 Sam would open a cigar shop and produce a product he called La Palina. His son, William would also become interested in cigars, and even hosted a radio show called “The La Palina Hour”. William carved out a bit of success, and while he loved cigars, he saw an opportunity in radio. What started as five radio stations would soon become the Columbia Broadcasting Company…you may know it as CBS! However, once his father retired from the cigar business, so did his cigar company. As it turns out, William would also have a son, Bill Paley. Bill also become very interested in cigars and would use his family’s fortune to resurrect his father’s cigar brand!
La Palina cigars encompass the quality and craftsmanship you would expect from a family rich in tradition and success.
Steve Saka has long been a master blender with the dream of owning his own cigar company. His talents would lead him to become the CEO of Drew Estate. While there he created some of the most coveted smokes in the industry. That success would later allow him to fulfill his dream and in 2015 he opened the family held Dun Barton Tobacco and Trust. While his company if very new, he has hit nothing but home runs in this short time.
I highly encourage you to introduce yourself to this up-and-coming cigar company!
Jonathan Drew and Marvin Samel began their career by selling cigars at a small retail kiosk inside the World Trade Center. While the two of them started out small, their company is now anything but! Through the hard work and dedication of chasing their dreams, these two built a major company. They now own a factory in Nicaragua that produces 94,000 premium smokes a day!
These guys have something for everyone and the dedication to continue increasing quality while also pushing the envelope.
Rocky Patel began his career as a successful Hollywood attorney who has represented several celebrities. It was the mid 90s and the cigar boom was just starting when Rocky decided to jump into the manufacturing game. His cigars would become an instant hit and he has never looked back.
Rocky has a passion for perfection which is why he is constantly improving his products for a wide array of consumers who demand quality and complexity. Try one today!