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!

Montecristo Crafted by A.J. Fernandez

Montecristo Crafted by A.J. Fernandez

By David J.

In our 45 years of existence, Santa Clara has launched some of the most exciting and fastest-turning exclusive brands, but few of them have seen deep market penetration as Montecristo Crafted by A.J. Fernandez. This brand continues to provide our valued partners with excellent margins and a great ROI for their business. Montecristo Crafted by A.J. Fernandez features full-bodied flavor notes, while representing quality and luxury that is unparalleled in the marketplace by any other exclusive brand.

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ACID Cigars

ACID Cigars

By Alan R.

For over 20 years, ACID has been one of the most successful brands in the marketplace. In 2019, ACID celebrated an incredible milestone when it released ACID 20th Anniversary in a box-pressed robusto size, featuring a Mexican San Andres wrapper. Three years later, Drew Estate has followed it up with an extension to this brand with another 20th Anniversary, featuring a Connecticut Shade wrapper in a toro size. This recent release will surely be one of the most successful releases of 2022

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Oracle

Oracle

Now Available!

Santa Clara is proud of our most recent exclusive brand, Oracle. This Nicaraguan puro is an exciting collaboration cigar blended by Rafael Nod Plasencia family. This powerhouse is perfect for the adult consumer that enjoys full-bodied cigars. You’ll be hard-pressed to find a more affordable luxury Nicaraguan cigar, as it retails for an unbelievable price point of $7.75-$8.50 per cigar. It also features 50% profit margins for the retailer, ensuring a strong ROI for your business. Lastly, the bold and creative packagial and rolled by theng will standout on any retail shelf. To learn more about this release, see page 22

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Avo Syncro Caribe

Avo Syncro Caribe

By David J.

AVO Syncro represented a turning point for the AVO brand when they first launched the Nicaragua several years ago. This release showcased bold and spicy flavors never before experienced from AVO. Recently, Davidoff released another line under this brand—AVO Syncro Caribe—which highlighted exciting flavors and Caribbean flair in their packaging.

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Undercrown Shade

Undercrown Shade

By David J.

Undercrown Shade from Drew Estate is one of the best and most affordable Connecticut shade cigars in the marketplace. For over a decade, the Undercrown brand has been a stalwart in retail humidors across the county. . This line has been a consistent strong seller, as the price point is reasonable, and Drew Estate has a lot of fans of the brand. You will be hard-pressed to find a better Connecticut Shade made in Nicaragua.

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Trinidad Espiritu Series 2

Trinidad Espiritu Series 2

By Kristie M.

For a long time, Trinidad was not one of successful Cuban heritage brands in the marketplace, but that all changed with the release of Trinidad Espiritu. Since it was launched in 2019, Trinidad Espiritu quickly became a success with adult cigar consumers. Last year, Altadis U.S.A. released a followup to this brand, Trinidad Espiritu Series No. 2. Featuring Brazilian flair and artistic packaging, the Trinidad Espiritu Series No. 2 stands out on any retail shelf. This medium to full-bodied Nicaraguan and Brazilian cigar features great flavors and complexity at an affordable price point. Trinidad Espiritu is made by A.J. Fernandez, who is one of the most highly respected Nicaraguan cigar makers.

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Oliva Serie V

Oliva Serie V

By David J.

Oliva Serie V has been one of the most consistent-selling Nicaraguan cigars for quite some time. This amazing brand offers quick turns for retailers across the country and receives great feedback and reviews from cigar media and consumers

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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

Now Available!

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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