Two pioneers in the premium cigar industry—Benjamin “Benji” Menendez and Manuel “Manolo” Quesada—are teaming up for the first time in a new project with Michael Giannini and Ventura Cigar Company to create two blends for Cuban Cigar Factory. Both cigars will debut at this week’s IPCPR Show in Las Vegas.
Menendez enjoyed an early beginning in the Cuban tobacco business at his father’s factory. Forced to leave his home and livelihood when Fidel Castro came to power, Menendez had to start completely over. However, as a seeker of opportunity and a purveyor of fine tobacco, he soon established a new foothold, becoming a mastermind behind cigars and factories in nearly every cigar-making country. His career has been legendary, working in eight different countries to produce some of the best cigars to hit the market.
“I still think about the cigar factory every day of my life,” says Menendez.
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