In 1996, I knew nothing about cigars, other than which end to cut and which end to light. It was my passion for cigars that encouraged me to invest my life into something I love; founding Alec Bradley Cigar Company. As a company we’ve had our ups and downs, but we are proud of the fact that many have come to love and enjoy our cigars. I could sit here and tell you things like “our brand is synonymous with quality” and “we make the best cigars”, etcetera, but the reality is that we just want to make cigars that people can enjoy. The part of our history that really makes us who we are today comes down to a 10-second encounter that changed everything.
In 1998, the cigar boom was in decline and the industry was struggling to survive; I was in the same boat. So after having known Ralph for only a few months, we decided to join forces to create our first cigar together: Occidental Reserve. The response proved that the whole is greater than the sum of its parts and that pushed us to continue to develop cigars that we and others have been excited to smoke.
At the end of the day, we don't save lives; we just try to make them better one hour at a time. It makes no difference whether you’re an oil tycoon or a gas station clerk; for that time that you sit and smoke together, you're both able to enjoy the moment, no matter who you are - this is the experience we want to be a part of. We have one goal: to give you, the cigar smoker, an unforgettable experience.
The original release in the Ashton portfolio transcends decades as a world-renowned cigar. Ashton is handmade from only the finest aged tobaccos in a legendary benchmark for mild Dominican taste. Seasoned connoisseurs and new cigar lovers share an immeasurable fondness for Ashton. Celebrate an obsession with rarity in Ashton Estate Sun Grown. A shimmering, caramel-hued, Sun Grown wrapper leaf is drawn from the legendary Chateau de la Fuente estate in the Dominican Republic.
Inside, exquisite Dominican tobaccos comprise an authentic 94-rated Puro. Ashton Aged Maduro is a classic 92-rated blend drawn from a luscious profile of vintage binder and filler tobaccos beneath a lustrous Connecticut Broadleaf wrapper. Sweet, approachable, and perfectly dense tasting notes intrigue immediately.
Jonathan Drew, Marvin Samel, and the team of artisans at Nicaragua’s Drew Estate factory are known for their edgy and innovative take on cigarmaking, while also acknowledging and adhering to time-honored tradition. With such a unique and extensive catalog (including but not limited to the extremely popular infused ACID, Liga Privada, and Herrera Esteli lines), it is no surprise that Drew Estate cigars also has an impressive collection of high ratings from cigar publications. Offering just about every style of premium handmade cigar a smoker could want (plus pipes and pipe tobaccos), Drew Estate has ensured that cigar connoisseurs of all kinds will find a favorite, whether truly traditional in style or on the cutting edge of cigar creativity.
Steeped in legend and history, the Gurkha Cigar, created more than a century ago, was reborn in 1992 due to the keen eye and fine taste of Kaizad Hansotia. In resurrecting the brand, Hansotia has created a cigar company that continuously rolls out meticulously handcrafted cigars, epitomizing all that is luxury.
Today, Gurkha makes cigars for all price points and all palettes but when it began Gurkha cigars were unlike other cigars in the market and that they came in highly ornate packaging and with a steep price tag. Hansotia felt that there was a market for more luxurious and exclusive cigars for those with tastes for only the finer and more elusive products. In focusing on this segment Hansotia created the ultra premium cigar category.
A further distinction lies in the definition of the term “Habanos”. All Habanos are Cuban, but by no means all Cuban cigars are Habanos.
The title is the Denominación de Origen Protegida (D.O.P), or Protected Denomination of Origin reserved for a selection of the most outstanding brands whose cigars are manufactured to the most exacting standards from tobaccos grown only in particular areas, which are also protected as denominations of origin.
All Habanos are crafted Totalmente a Mano totally by hand using methods that were pioneered in Havana two centuries ago and remain virtually unchanged to this day.
More than 500 manual tasks are performed in both the agricultural and manufacturing processes from the planting of the seeds to the Habano’s final resting place in its box. Every cigar must pass through the most stringent quality control processes established by the Regulatory Council for the Protected Denomination of Origin (D.O.P.) Habanos before they can earn the precious title of Habano.
Pipe tobacco is our second major specialty, where we let off steam. Whether new interpretations or traditional mixtures based on ancient recipes - our selection is pure variety and more than just a blue haze.
In our daily work, classic values and our gut feeling still hold. Our master blenders have years and sometimes decades of experience in the composition of tobacco. You have our full confidence when you create a new blend with great sensitivity and put our ideas into practice.
Expertly handcrafted by General Cigar for over 40 years, Macanudo Cigars needs no introduction. It is one of America’s best selling premium cigars. Available in a variety of sizes, blends, shapes, and strengths, these handmade cigars have been described as thoroughly aged, distinctively smooth, good as gold, perfectly balanced, as nature intended, rich and intriguing, rare and luxurious, exotic and extraordinary, rich, dark, and unexpected, and just downright delicious. A staple in every connoisseur’s humidor, there’s a box of Macanudo cigars to satisfy every smoker’s tastes.
Quality does not only mean offering smokers throughout the world a melange of unmistakable aromas with the best-selected tobaccos from expert hands.
For us at Mac Baren, quality must be present in every aspect of what we do. Careful attention is paid to the work of each individual, which will contribute to making Mac Baren a trustworthy, reliable and collaborative partner.
There are no short cuts, no real reason why quality should be relegated to second place. In order to guarantee the standards we set, we rely on a high standard of communication within the company, sharing information and knowledge in order to reach our goals.
Starbuzz Tobacco has been dedicated to providing the highest quality of products in all aspects of the hookah industry since 2005. Starbuzz has become notorious for its discriminating flavors, and with the introduction of the BOLD line in 2010, we have grown even stronger. Our core motive is to ensure all of our customers have an amazing smoking experience. We have focused on creating products that have been vigorously tested to bring you a sense of satisfaction that no other brand can. Having pride in the age-old tradition and infusing it with modern flair is how Starbuzz has come to develop this world-renowned brand.