Our main goal is to provide a solid stream of data researched content about Cuban Cigars including:
- The history of their origin and their staple of the Cuban culture
- The juicy debates around why they are so highly sought after
- And the countdown to day 1 of selling Cuban Cigars in the US.
We know there will be many choices very soon to legally purchase your first Cuban Cigar.
Our hope is that by providing you first access to a premium product unavailable for decades to the US, as well as a customer centric approach, will set a new standard in providing unparalleled customer service, that you will consider us during your journey of trust towards your first purchase.
A dedication to mario
This site is dedicated to Mario Joya Suarez, mi padrino, and his family in Cuba.
Thank you for taking me in, treating me as family and teaching me not only about Cuban cigars, but the culture of Cuba and what it has to offer the world.
I met Mario through a mutual friend. He and his family took us in like they had known us their entire life. The level of hospitality I received by someone who previously I had never met was incredible. After several years, laughs and tears, and of course cigars, they feel like family.
A day doesn’t pass without hearing… “Mijo, are you doing ok? Another cigar? More Mojitos?” Followed by the most contagious and charismatic laugh that always immediately makes you smile from ear to ear.
Te quiero mucho papito y que?, ya tu sabes… LA PI&^%^&*..
How The Journey Started
In 2011 I had my first experience with tobacco, Cuban Cigars. A completely new experience for me. Once I understood what it was really all about, I realized Cuban Cigars were highly desirable yet incredibly difficult to obtain here in the US. Since I’ve been fortunate to travel to other countries and learn about other cultures, I’ve always seen them, just never had a desire or understood what it was all about.
It’s fascinating to me to see other cultures and meet the people, so falling in love with all the island has to offer was easy. Trying different cigars felt like a luxury to me. Yet, I was blinded by what it really meant to smoke a cigar, much less a Cuban Cigar. It wasn’t just about the cigar. For me, it was the cigar, the conversations, the people, the dancing, the music, the food, the cigar and a few more, the coffee right in the middle of the day in 90 degree whether. I could go on and on. I am extremely and eternally grateful to those that have taken time to educate about their culture and the Cuban cigar.
My First Cigar Experience
I remember this occasion as I was about to smoke my very first cigar. With everyone, eating, drinking dancing and smoking cigars around me. The afternoon turned into evening along with the rum, cigars, music and dancing.
Here is a look at my first puff, along with the best mojito I have ever tasted…
It was fantastic, and I am not talking solely about the mojito. It’s like nothing I’ve ever tried. I was told not to inhale. It happened once or twice while I was there. I’ve heard many opinions around that theory and looking to hear more.
Evidently there are many differing opinions on smoking a cigar, from puffing, inhaling and one of the seemingly most popular “retro-hale” styles of any level of cigar. I will stick to puffing and siping.. Moving on.
The following picture, a debatable Kodak moment (only because of my unusual facial expression here) but these Cohiba Esplendidos were quickly becoming my favorite.
Many of these were hand rolled. Maybe one day I will be able to tell the difference, for now it just sounds cool I can say this was one of them.
I was also told (not confirmed) that this was also one of Fidel’s favorite line of cigars. In the same family of cigars, so to speak. That didn’t really matter to me, other than there is some history around why this became one of his favorites.
A true testament about a quality product, me someone who traditionally disliked the idea of smoking even though I grew up around second hand smoke, all of the sudden fell in love with the taste, the smell, the EVERYTHING about a Cuban Cigar.
No Turning Back Now
From that point on, I just started having fun with it. Here are a few photos to share… lets see if they make the cut… 🙂
It’s always a bit nostalgic to look back and re-read a personal story about an experience that you wrote about yourself, especially looking at pictures that mean a lot to me, but may not mean much to anyone else. In writing this it brought back a emotions, smiles,
If somehow you made it to the bottom of this “about page”, solicitation of comments, questions or any general discussion is welcome. I would just love to know what you thought. Good, bad, indifferent.