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!

Rocky Patel Freedom Maduro

Rocky Patel Freedom Maduro

By David J.

For over 25 years, Rocky Patel has been known for making great cigars at an affordable price point for adult cigar consumers. The Rocky Patel Freedom Maduro showcases this at a suggested retail price point of $5.38-$6.45. It’s nearly impossible to make good premium cigars and offer at such a low price, but the Freedom Maduro defies expectations.

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Montecristo 1935 Anniversary Nicaragua

Montecristo 1935 Anniversary Nicaragua

By Kristie M.

There are cigars and then there are special cigars, and the Montecristo 1935 Anniversary Nicaragua is certainly in the latter category. This amazing cigar blended by Rafael Nodal and A.J. Fernandez will surely be a hit with your customers, as it’s one of the best cigar released in recent memory. The quality and flavor profile has often been compared to the highly acclaimed Padron 1926 Series.

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Herrera Esteli Habano

Herrera Esteli Habano

By David J.

In the last decade, there are few brands released over that time that have consistently received praise and great reviews like Herrera Esteli Habano. Blended by Master Blender Willy Herrera of Drew Estate, Herrera Esteli Habano features a spicy Ecuadorian Habano wrapper that will be wellreceived by Drew Estate fans. This popular brand was the first cigar blended by Willy Herrera when he joined Drew Estate, and fans of that cigar maker instantly made this a successful brand for that company.

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Onyx Bold Nicaragua

Onyx Bold Nicaragua

By Alan R.

Onyx has been one of the most successful brands released right after the cigar boom that ended in the 90s. However, 20 years after the release of Onyx Reserve, Altadis U.S.A. updated this iconic brand with Onyx Bold Nicaragua. Rolled at the Nicaraguan factory of A.J. Fernandez, Onyx Bold Nicaragua is an amazing update to this full-bodied brand. Featuring a Mexican San Andrés wrapper, this cigar offers adult cigar consumers a rich and rustic cigar that full-bodied smokers will thoroughly enjoy.

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Oliva Serie V Melanio

Oliva Serie V Melanio

By David J.

In the last decade, there are few brands that have continuously seen strong sales and accolades. Since it was first released in 2012, Oliva Serie V Melanio has appeared in the top ten of the Cigar Aficionado Cigar of the Year rankings three different times. Featuring classy and impeccable packaging, this cigar will be an instant hit with any of your premium cigar customers.

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Nica Rustica Broadleaf

Nica Rustica Broadleaf

By Alan R.

Drew Estate is well known for their access to some of the best Connecticut Broadleaf tobacco, and several years ago they utilized this tobacco to make Nica Rustica Broadleaf. Previously, this earthy and full-bodied cigar came in bundles, but now Drew Estate has re-packaged this brand in boxes to make it easier for retailers to display in their stores. This exciting new packaging will surely stand out on your shelf.

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Tabak Especial by Drew Estate

Tabak Especial by Drew Estate

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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Aging Room Quattro Nicaragua

Aging Room Quattro Nicaragua

By Kristie M.

One of the best-selling brands the last two years has been Aging Room Quattro Nicaragua from Rafael Nodal of Boutique Blends. Less than two years ago, Aging Room Quattro Nicaragua was given the honor of being ranked as the #1 cigar of the year from Cigar Aficionado magazine. Since receiving that award, Santa Clara has seen a significant increase in sales of this brand with retailers across the country. This Nicaraguan puro features rich and strong flavors that will instantly be a hit with your customers and gain you repeat business.

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Deadwood Tobacco Co.

Deadwood Tobacco Co.

By Alan R.

In the last few years there have not been many cigars in the marketplace that have grown as much in sales as Deadwood from Drew Estate. This innovative and market-interrupting brand has quickly become one of the best-selling in the marketplace. Featuring flavor notes of chocolate, earthiness, and dried fruit, Deadwood is the perfect cigar for consumers that are looking for a non-traditional cigar with high-quality tobacco. Drew Estate has done an awesome job promoting and marketing this brand, which has had a huge impact on its continued growth in sales

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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 David J.

In the last decade, there are few brands released over that time that have consistently received praise and great reviews like Herrera Esteli Habano. Blended by Master Blender Willy Herrera of Drew Estate, Herrera Esteli Habano features a spicy Ecuadorian Habano wrapper that will be wellreceived by Drew Estate fans. This popular brand was the first cigar blended by Willy Herrera when he joined Drew Estate, and fans of that cigar maker instantly made this a successful brand for that company.

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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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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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Oliva Serie V

Oliva Serie V

By David J.

Oliva is well-known for making great and affordable premium cigars, and Oliva Serie V certainly lives up to that expectation. Oliva Serie V offers the adult consumer affordability, strength, consistency, and complexity with each cigar. This cigar is a must-have for any retail humidor, as it is one of the best-selling Nicaraguan cigars in the marketplace. It’s rare that we offer a deal on this brand as it is hard to keep in stock, but for the month of May we’re giving away a free Oliva cigar sampler with each box purchased.

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Romeo y Julieta Crafted by A.J. Fernandez

Romeo y Julieta Crafted by A.J. Fernandez

By Kristie M.

Nearly four years ago, Santa Clara introduced Romeo y Julieta Crafted by A.J. Fernandez to the marketplace, and it quickly gained real estate in hundreds of retail humidors across the country. Romeo y Julieta has consistently shown strong turn rates and strong profit margins for retailers. At an affordable price point of $8.50-$10.20 per cigar, Romeo y Julieta Crafted by A.J. Fernandez features classy and exciting packaging that will instantly catch the eye of consumers. This month you can instantly increase your overall profit margins, as we are giving away two Colibri Firebird Lighters with each box purchased.

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