Santa Clara Cigars has many extremely knowledgable staff members that have been in the cigar industry for a long period of time. Cigars have become not just a hobby, but a lifestyle for many of these in-house experts. In this section you'll find straightforward cigar reviews from three of our aficonados, David, Rudy, and Alan. They'll showcase some of their favorite and most dependable smokes and tell you how they really feel about them. This is a great way to stock up on some of their picks and offer your customers something you'll know they'll love too!

Henry Clay War Hawk

Henry Clay War Hawk

By David

It’s nearly impossible to find a great Ecuadorian Connecticut Shade-wrapped cigar at a price as low as the Henry Clay War Hawk. This amazing Cuban heritage brand is affordably priced at $7.00 - $8.00 cigar, giving the adult cigar consumer value for their money. The Henry Clay War Hawk recently was rated 93 by Cigar Aficionado, which helped bring more consumer attention to cigar.

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Romeo y Julieta Reserva Real Nicaragua

Romeo y Julieta Reserva Real Nicaragua

By Alan

This recent addition to the core brands of Romeo y Julieta will quickly become a huge hit with adult cigar consumers. The Romeo y Julieta Reserva Real Nicaragua features a very smooth medium-bodied blend. This fantastic cigar was blended by the duo of Rafael Nodal and A.J. Fernandez, which recently worked together on the Cigar Aficionado #1 Cigar of the Year, the Aging Room Quattro Nicaragua. One of the best features of this cigar is the affordable price point of $8.77 - $9.66 per stick. The Romeo y Julieta Reserva Real Nicaragua will definitely be one of the best-selling brands of 2020, so you will want to add this to your retail humidor.

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Nica Rustica

Nica Rustica

By Alan R.

The Nica Rustica has been one of the most popular and best-selling traditional brands from Drew Estate since it was first released. This rustic and bold cigar was meant to pay homage to the city of Esteli and its people. If you have customers looking for an affordable full-bodied cigar, the Nica Rustica is the perfect choice for them. You’ll be hard pressed to find a better Connecticut Broadleaf cigar that retails for under $10.

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H. Upmann Herman’s Batch

H. Upmann Herman’s Batch

By David

One of the most famous and time-honored names in the premium cigar industry is the brand, H. Upmann. This historic brand was named after one of its founders, Hermann Upmann, who was a German banker. The recently released, H. Upmann Herman’s Batch does a phenomenal job of honoring its founder with this great cigar made at the legendary Dominican Republic factory, Tabacalera de Garcia. The cigar offers rich notes of coffee, leather, and a little cream to smooth out the profile. The packaging on this cigar will easily stand out on a shelf as it has fantastic art that showcases elegance and class.

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Montecristo Anejados

Montecristo Anejados

By David

The Montecristo Anejados draws its inspiration from the very limited-edition run of Cuban cigars, which bears the same name. The best thing about this recently released line, is the very affordable price point of $8.25 - $9.95 per cigar. The unique and classy packaging of this fantastic Montecristo will surely draw the attention of the adult consumer. Another great feature of this line is that it comes in a ten-count box, which makes it easier for consumers to make box purchases.

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Boneshaker Tombstone

Boneshaker Tombstone

By David

This recently released exclusive is a follow-up to the highly successful Boneshaker brand, which has been one of our best-selling brands these last five years. If you have customers that enjoy full-bodied Nicaraguan cigars at an affordable retail price point, the Boneshaker Tombstone is a great recommendation for them as it retails for $6.25 - $7.00 per cigar. Unlike the previous Boneshaker lines, the Tombstone is made at the Nicaraguan factory of A.J. Fernandez.

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Aging Room Quattro Nicaragua

Aging Room Quattro Nicaragua

By Kristie

Recently being announced as the #1 Cigar of the Year by Cigar Aficionado, the Aging Room Quattro Nicaragua is a must-have for any retail humidor. Since earning the #1 ranking, the Aging Room Quattro Nicaragua has been one of the most in-demand cigars in the marketplace and the demand continues to get higher. This fantastic cigar was blended by Rafael Nodal, the founder of Aging Room Cigars and famed Nicaraguan cigar maker, A.J. Fernandez. It’s a great Nicaraguan puro blend with notes of cocoa and pepper that makes it an amazing smoking experience.

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Montecristo Volume 1: 100 Days

Montecristo Volume 1: 100 Days

By David

This recently released exclusive will make a great addition to any retail humidor as the unique and tasteful packaging will instantly catch the eye of the cigar consumer. The Montecristo Volume 1: 100 Days is meant to pay homage to the classic story from Alexander Dumas as the box looks like a vintage book. This cigar has a medium-bodied finish that offers notes of caramel, cream, and a little spice. This fantastic cigar also gives retailers a 50% profit margin.

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AJ Fernandez Dias de Gloria

AJ Fernandez Dias de Gloria

By Rudy

A.J. Fernandez has been one of the best cigar makers of this last decade, but with the A.J. Fernandez Dias de Gloria, he wanted to go further back in-time to honor the past “glory days” of cigars. A.J. created this cigar to showcase the history of cigars before the 1959 Cuban Revolution, and succeeded in this goal by making a phenomenal cigar. The A.J. Fernandez Dias de Gloria has very elegant packaging that perfectly illustrates the “glory days” of cigar-making. This Nicaraguan puro also has a ton a of flavor as it highlights notes of cedar, cocoa, and spice.

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Rocky Patel Freedom Connecticut

Rocky Patel Freedom Connecticut

Now Available!

It is nearly impossible to find a Connecticut shade at such an affordable price point of $5.00-$6.00 per cigar. However, Rocky Patel Freedom Connecticut delivers an amazing cigar at one of the lowest price points in the marketplace. Rocky Patel Freedom Connecticut is a Santa Clara exclusive that will make a great addition to your retail humidor. This recent release offers a lot of flavor and is perfect for consumers that enjoy Connecticut shade cigars. It is rolled and blended at Rocky’s Nicaraguan factory, which makes some of his best-selling lines.

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Uncharted

Uncharted

By David J.

For over five years, Uncharted has been one of Santa Clara’s most successful exclusive brands. You will be hard pressed to find a better medium-bodied Nicaraguan cigar at the affordable price point of $7.10$8.25 per cigar. Uncharted is a fantastic cigar blended and created by A.J. Fernandez, and you will instantly see turns on this popular brand.

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Montecristo Epic Craft Cured

Montecristo Epic Craft Cured

By Alan R.

For 85 years, Montecristo has been one of the most iconic and best-selling brands in the marketplace. In 2012, Altadis U.S.A. introduced the Montecristo Epic brand, and it quickly became a hit with adult cigar consumers. Five years later, Altadis U.S.A. released a great extension to this brand when they launched Montecristo Epic Craft Cured. Unlike the majority of Montecristos, Epic Craft Cured was a Nicaraguan puro made by the world-renowned Plasencia Family. This amazing cigar comes in ten count boxes, which makes it easier to sell by the box. The packaging is rustic and classy, and will easily stand out on any retail shelf.

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Romeo y Julieta Devocion

Romeo y Julieta Devocion

Now Available!

The Altadis U.S.A. factory of Flor de Copan in Honduras has been world-renowned for making amazing cigars for more than 45 years. Some of the best-selling Cuban heritage brands are crafted at this historic factory, and Romeo y Julieta Devocion does a fantastic job of illustrating why Flor de Copan has been so respected as one of the finest cigar factories in the world. This recently launched exclusive brand promises to be an instant success for retailers across the country. Romeo y Julieta Devocion features an exciting blend of Honduran and Dominican tobaccos that adult cigar consumers will enjoy at an affordable price point of $9.00-$9.75 per cigar. One of the tobaccos used is the proprietary Pilotico tobacco grown by the famous Mendez family in the Dominican Republic

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Herrera Esteli Habano

Herrera Esteli Habano

By Kristie

For 85 years, Montecristo has been one of the most iconic and best-selling brands in the marketplace. In 2012, Altadis U.S.A. introduced the Montecristo Epic brand, and it quickly became a hit with adult cigar consumers. Five years later, Altadis U.S.A. released a great extension to this brand when they launched Montecristo Epic Craft Cured. Unlike the majority of Montecristos, Epic Craft Cured was a Nicaraguan puro made by the world-renowned Plasencia Family. This amazing cigar comes in ten count boxes, which makes it easier to sell by the box. The packaging is rustic and classy, and will easily stand out on any retail shelf.

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H. Upmann by AJ Fernandez

H. Upmann by AJ Fernandez

By David J.

Nearly four years ago, Altadis USA launched the H. Upmann by AJ Fernandez brand, and it quickly became one of their best-selling lines launched in the last decade. This Nicaraguan cigar offers consumers a medium-bodied smoke that has a lot of flavor and complexity. For the last four years, we have seen great turn rates on this brand, as retailers consistently reorder this cigar.

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Alec & Bradley Gatekeeper

Alec & Bradley Gatekeeper

By Alan R.

The Alec & Bradley Gatekeeper has been one of the most buzzworthy cigars released in the last couple years and instantly became a hit with adult consumers. This amazing cigar was blended with the help of industry icon, Ernesto Perez-Carrillo. This full-bodied cigar highlights the creativity and boldness of Alec and Bradley. It offers tasting notes of coffee, black licorice, and molasses. If you have customers that enjoy full-bodied cigars with a lot of flavor, the Alec & Bradley Gatekeeper would be a great suggestion.

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Boneshaker Full Body Cast

Boneshaker Full Body Cast

By David J.

You’ll be hard-pressed to find a better-quality bundled cigar than the Harvester & Co. Connecticut. This amazing brand from Altadis U.S.A. will translate to success for any retail humidor. Harvester is a Nicaraguan cigar featuring a flavorful Connecticut shade wrapper. This is the perfect cigar for any adult consumer that likes bundled priced cigars, but with higher quality tobacco.

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Harvester & Co.

Harvester & Co.

By Kristie M.

As a follow-up to the highly successful Boneshaker, the Boneshaker Full Body Cast would make a great addition to any cigar store. Boneshaker Full Body Cast is a fantastic strong and rich cigar that fans of Nicaraguan cigars will thoroughly enjoy. Besides being a great-tasting cigar, Full Body Cast has a very affordable retail price point of $5.05-$5.95 per cigar.

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Montecristo 1935 Anniversary Nicaragua

Montecristo 1935 Anniversary Nicaragua

By David J.

In 2020, Montecristo celebrated its 80th anniversary as one of the premier cigar brands in the marketplace. To commemorate this momentous occasion, we saw the release of the Montecristo 1935 Anniversary Nicaragua. This full-bodied Nicaraguan cigar has brought about comparisons to the Padron 1926 Serie, which is one of the most highly revered cigars in the world. Montecristo 1935 Anniversary Nicaragua is a Nicaraguan puro, featuring notes of cocoa, spice, and earthiness that consumers will thoroughly enjoy. The packaging highlights the history and heritage of this best-selling brand.

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Trinidad Espiritu Series 2

Trinidad Espiritu Series 2

By Alan R.

Altadis U.S.A released the revolutionary brand, the Trinidad Espiritu in 2019. This release quickly became one of the most successful launches under the Trinidad brand in recent memory. Recently, Santa Clara received the follow-up to this brand, the Trinidad Espiritu Series No. 2. This Nicaraguan cigar made at the factory of A.J. Fernandez features a rich and spicy Brazilian Arapiraca wrapper making it one of the most full-bodied cigars from the Altadis U.S.A. portfolio. The Brazilian-themed packaging will surely stand out on your shelf, catching the attention of adult cigar consumers.

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