By: Jaime Rodriguez
Master Blender, CIGAR.com
“Growing up in Estelí, Nicaragua, where tobacco is the heart and soul of the city, I was involved in the cigar industry from an early age. I began enjoying cigars while working at a famous factory just a few houses down the street from mine, and it was a huge plus for me to meet some industry giants there. Later I joined AJ Fernandez as his production manager in the old factory. Many referred to it as “the lucky factory,” as it once was home to a few well-known manufacturers including Drew Estate. Before AJ Fernandez moved to his new state of the art factory, I also managed a box factory. Being a production manager, cigar boxes are one of the biggest struggles you face, and this experience allowed me to work more efficiently with box makers.
This leads me to CIGAR.com and our new Signature Blends. One day I received a call from the chief merchant at CIGAR.com, whom I had been in contact with previously while working with AJ Fernandez. He asked me to join the CIGAR.com family which I am very proud of. The blending process for the CIGAR.com Signature Blends was very special in many ways. To start, we were able to choose from truly the best premium tobacco all under one roof from the best tobacco fields and grower I know. In a way, it was difficult at first, as we found ourselves almost distracted with so many different flavors and aromas. For these blends we worked with none other than master cigar maker AJ Fernandez. As you can imagine, this was a very fun process and the relationship was solidified even more so after this project.
We worked hard to bring this family of CIGAR.com blends to our customers. These are cigars that we personally enjoy and we’re confident our customers will enjoy them too. We were looking for a well-balanced cigar in each blend for this project, and you will find that each cigar is consistent with the aromas, strength, and sweetness all working together in harmony. In the end, the best tobaccos make the best cigars.”