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Today, all of my top people are some of the most knowledgeable in the world, each hand selected from my town in San Luis, Cuba. Everyone from my farm technician to my rolling and fermenting supervisors are well versed in the old ways. One of the happiest days in my life was last year when I moved into my new factory in the heart of Estelí. To this day, I still pay rent on my old factory because I don’t want to give it up. It is a reminder of humble beginnings and I still go there from time to time to just sit and think.”
As Abdel finished his story, the room was in dead silence. I don’t think anyone muttered a word for a good 15 minutes, and even then it was Abel saying “vamos a comer” (lets eat). Since I heard this story, I think about it every time I pick up a cigar. Abdel’s story is not unlike many other great cigar makers who have suffered and lost everything only to work hard and earn it back. As you light your next cigar, I would urge you to think about the history and effort that went into creating it. Only then will you truly appreciate what it means to enjoy a premium cigar.