I don’t know too much technically about hybrids, but I know that when we rolled it up and smoked it, it (corojo 2006) had a very rich tobacco flavor with a little spice and sweetness.Right now the Miami, 32s and 48s are all made out of the Racias Cubanas factory, which is a great factory where some great cigars are produced. It’s all Cuban Style with mounted heads and triple capped. The transition from Pepin’s factory to this one was very smooth. But wouldn’t that seed just take on the characteristic of the soil and climate of where ever it is grown? The Cuban seeds that were coming out in the late 90s, Habano 2000 became very popular.There were other lines and other companies that we had made cigars with as well. The difference with my factory is that it is actually also a lounge.
You can both see the process and sit down to enjoy a cigar at the same time.
Most of the factories down here are small places, very humble.
Most Cuban cigars were actually made in Tampa, there was an incredible amount of manufacturing done in Tampa. There were some tax issues with Cuba back with Cuba back then so they made cigars in Tampa.
There is just an incredible amount of history here and I am very proud to make a cigar in the United States.
I would talk to some people at their factories while we were eating lunch, and there were bales of tobacco all around us. Ernie Carrillo (Ernesto Perez-Carrillo) is probably the godfather of exile Cuban Miami made cigars.
I know the Padrons and they are definitely people I respect. I had first heard of Pepin Garcia through a gentlemen names Edwardo Fernandez.Ernie Carillo kept the factory working here in Miami and kept people working. CP - Was Miami your first choice for a new factory?EP – It was always a dream of mine to have control over a certain percentage of the cigars that I have made.A lot of people might forget how much cigar culture and history we have in this country.Look at how many brands there were being made here at the turn of the 20th century.He told me that I should work with Pepin, and I did. I saw details there that I didn’t see anywhere else. Even the thing that made it special at the time is lost. A lot of people want to know what’s going on with my cigars.