Jose “Pepin” Garcia was born in Cuba in 1950. By the age of 11 he was hand rolling Cuban cigars, eventually becoming a master roller. In 2003 he opened a small cigar factory in Little Havana, Miami. The rest is history. Flor de las Antillias, the “Flower of the Antilles” is a tribute to Don Pepin Garcia’s beloved Cuba. We are happy to announce a Maduro version of this great cigar is now available online at elcigarshop.com.
The box-pressed Flor de las Antillas Maduro Toro upholds My Father's impeccable reputation of producing full-flavored handmade cigars of the highest quality. A smooth blend of leaves from Nicaragua delivers balanced flavors of cocoa, cedar, and white pepper. The sun grown maduro wrapper especially elevates the earthiness of the overall smoke. The blend certainly hits notes of Cuban authenticity.
As soon as I heard the U.S travel ban to Cuba was lifted, I immediately planned my trip. As with all of my travails, I heavily researched everything to see and do in Cuba. Perhaps I plan too much; where to eat, what to smoke and what excursions I will go on. I decided I would create an Ernest Hemingway Trail similar to the Freedom Trail in Boston. Now, where to start….?? First, I was to have a drink at one of Hemingway’s favorite hangouts in Old Havana, Le Floridita. According to Hemingway, the bar made the best daiquiri in the world. And that’s just what I’m having. Then I’ll check in at the Hemingway Hotel on his namesake marina. Next stop, iconic La Bodeguita del Medio for a mojito and a lunch of a Cuban sandwich. Where next? Obviously, Papa’s house, the Museo Ernest Hemingway Finca Vigia in San Francisco de Paula. A must visit is a tour of the H.Upmann Cigar Factory in Centro Habana. The brand, established in 1844 by German businessmen and brothers Herman and August Upmann, is one of the oldest in the cigar industry.
Now the trail runs cold. I do more research and give up. I think I’ll play the rest of my dream trip by ear. All the while, enjoying my Flor de las Antillas Maduro Toros!