Actually, I think I developed a love of Cuban cigars as a kid before I’d even smoked one. I used to watch my father, Rodrigo Torres, rifle through his own collection of Cubans cigars — he’d frequently go to the cabinet where he stored the various boxes and he’d take each container out, admiring them one by one. It seemed he just wanted to have a proud look at them and then he’d put them back. He always said Cuban cigars were the best cigars and he’d often tell me which ones he was most looking forward to smoking.
I guess should also say that my father actually emigrated from Cuba to Spain with his family when he was a teenager. And so after he got married and had his own family he started taking us on summer trips back to where he grew up. He loved it there and he was always eager to go and buy several new boxes of his favorite cigars.
Because of my father’s passion for cigars, and perhaps my own Cuban ancestry, I too found them immensely alluring. I must have been about 18 when I had my first cigar, but I knew even before then that I wanted to eventually collect them. I think since my father’s side of the family influenced me a great deal, I basically always wanted to become an aficionado, a connoisseur of all Cuban cigars. I didn’t think I was going to be selling them as a merchant, though. That came much later.
As soon as I started studying business, I thought about how great it would be to combine one of my favorite pastimes — getting to know and enjoy everything about Cuban cigars — with my dream of running a business. And so I began doing research on how I could make this happen back when I just started university.
I’ve certainly learned a lot since then — that was more than 20 years ago. So my knowledge about Cuban cigars and business, alike, has grown almost exponentially. But I’ve definitely learned the most, not in school or by reading books on vintage cigars, but by getting the know the products I’ve been selling for the past 14 years. And I feel incredibly lucky to be living out my dream and selling cigars to aficionados, new or old, all around the world.
Well, first, I think it’s impossible for me to grow tired of Cuba’s fine cigars. They’re just fascinating to me all-around from their history and the way they’re made to their subtle complexities. I can’t get enough of them and I think there must be a lot of other aficionados out there who agree with me.
Of course, everyone knows Cuban cigars are the best on the market. I think that’s pretty much a basic fact. But really what sets Cuban cigars apart from others is the painstaking care and attention that is paid when each one is crafted. You see, when it comes to Cuban cigars the makers don’t mess around with low quality materials or shortcuts to quicken the process of producing more. Cuban cigars are always strictly regulated by the government, which means that each cigar leaving Cuba is checked for any flaws or imperfections. Because of this, I never have to question whether the cigars are well made.
I have to say, I know it’s quite popular, but when I find the occasion to smoke a Montecristo No. 2 I am, no doubt, in the mood to treat myself with an exceptional cigar. I just find them to be incredibly rich, but without being overpowering. I savor that tangy wood note … and the leather… and cinnamon and nutmeg… it’s a remarkable smoke so good I can almost taste it all now.
But honestly, I have a lot of favorites. I think if I want to enjoy a spicy taste that goes along with some full-bodied wine I’ll take a Bolivar Coronas Gigantes. On the other hand, if it’s a white wine night, a mellower flavored cigar like the hermoso sized El Rey Del Mundo Choix Supreme is usually a spot on choice for me.
Trying out the new year’s cigars is always fun for me though. I simply enjoy the variety and distinctness that exists in the world of cigars.
That’s easy. I listen to my customers when they tell me what cigars they want. Obviously, I want to make available what the most preferred and best quality Cuban cigars are. I owe my customers the ultimate selection since they are the ones who make this business possible. They are also the reason why I want to write this blog!
It’s important to me to not only provide the ultimate service in selling cigars but also to connect with the people who have a kind of passion for cigars like I do. I want delve deeper into the history of cigars. I want to discuss which are the best cigars in my opinion and how to properly care for them, smoke them etc. This blog is just a basic outlet for me for anything cigar-related that I want to share. And I hope it will be of some use and interest to aficionados and cigar novices alike.