A new brand has been announced in the premium cigar market headed by Andy Santana and carries his namesake: Santana Cigar Company. The initial offering for the company will be the Santana San Andres which was a collaboration between Andy and Master Blender William Ventura.
Santana’s grandfather Manuel Montero, a cigar roller in Havana, Cuba served as a role model for Andy. His adolescent years were filled with trips to farms in Pinar del Rio, the epicenter of Cuban premium tobacco. These childhood memories with his grandfather helped foster his passion for tobacco.
Escaping communist Cuba in 1990 at age 13, Andy Santana landed in Miami, FL. and was reunited with his grandfather, who came to the U.S. at an earlier date. Andy went on to earn a degree from Florida International University and opened several successful businesses outside of tobacco. Not satisfied, he decided to pursue what he felt was his destiny. Andy sold his business and purchased “Absolute Cigar Shop,” a cigar lounge in Brickell-Miami. So successful was Absolute Cigar that he opened a second location in Little Havana, Miami. Fast forward—Andy wishes to honor his grandfather with the creation of Santana Cigars.
The first brand that Santana Cigars will showcase is the Santana San Andres. The Santana San Andres is a box-pressed cigar that boasts the characteristics of Mexican San Andres tobacco. Hearty and bold yet smooth and well balanced, the Santana San Andres is a very complex cigar with many nuanced flavors. Andy, a lover of Mexican San Andres tobacco, feels that this special tobacco should live in everyone’s humidor. Special attention was given to the Santana San Andres to make it bold yet smooth, which will please the seasoned and novice smoker.
The Santana San Andres features Dominican Corojo and Criollo filler and Sumatra binder housed in a Mexican San Andres wrapper. The blend is expressed in three vitolas. The blend is out of Tabacalera William Ventura located in the Dominican Republic.
Santana San Andres details
52 X 5 Box-pressed Robusto 12.00
52 X 6 Box-pressed Torpedo 13.00
54 X 6 Box-pressed Toro 13.00
Originally posted on January 31, 2023 @ 9:18 am