Flor De Gonzalez Cigars

Flor de Gonzalez cigars have earned their place alongside some of the best Nicaraguan cigars on the market. This popular boutique label was founded in 1993 by Arnaldo Gonzalez, a Cuban émigré who comes from a family with a rich history of making traditional handmade Cuban style cigars.

Arnaldo grew up in the tobacco fields of Las Villas in Santa Clara, Cuba where his father and grandfather were tobacco growers. Learning how to grow and work with tobacco was an experience that instilled in him both a passion for the leaf and a keen intellect for the cigar business.

In 1980 Arnaldo escaped the tyranny of the Castro regime, and like many of his fellow expatriates, made a new life in Florida. Motivated by his dream of one day owning his own cigar factory, in 1993 Arnaldo finally opened his Flor De Gonzalez factory in Hialeah, Florida. The modest operation began by making only a few hundred cigars per week. These first cigars, the Flor de Gonzalez Gold series, were sold in the factory's storefront. Bolstered by the Cigar Boom, the cigars grew in popularity. Manufacturing increased to thousands of cigars, and soon Flor de Gonzalez cigar were being sold through distributors and cigar retailers all over the United States. High tasting scores in Cigar Aficionado and Cigar Snob magazine followed, and continue today, ranking Flor de Gonzalez cigars with some of the best cigars in the world.

By 1997, the cigar boom skidded to a halt and many factories began closing their doors, so Arnaldo decided to move 95% of Flor de Gonzalez's manufacturing to Nicaragua. Due to lower production costs, they could continue to make high quality cigars at very affordable prices.

Today, the face of Flor de Gonzalez Cigars is that of Yadi Gonzalez-Vargas, the youngest of Arnaldo's daughters, who entered the business in 2002. By 2004, Yadi had such a good handle on the business, her father purchased farmland in Ecuador and returned to growing tobacco. As one of the few women in the management end of the cigar industry, Yadi runs Flor de Gonzalez's Miami operation, which specializes in the production of boutique cigars, while also overseeing their factory in Nicaragua. Yadi is also involved with the blending side of the business, and much of the wrapper leaf used for Flor de Gonzalez cigars comes from her father's Ecuador plantation where he grows some of the highest quality Habano, Sumatra, Broadleaf, and Connecticut shade tobacco.

Flor de Gonzalez 20th Anniversary cigars are a soft-box-pressed, limited edition tribute to Arnaldo Gonzalez's original Gold series cigars. Made in two versions using 8-yr-aged, estate-grown Ecuadorian Connecticut natural and Broadleaf maduro wrappers, the core consists of all Nicaraguan long fillers and binders. The 20th Anniversary Connecticut yields a mild-medium smoke that's ultra-creamy and well-balanced with notes of sweet spice, toasted nuts, some oakiness, and a seductive aroma, while the 20th Anniversary Broadleaf maduro offers a well-rounded, medium-full smoke brimming with earthy, spicy, and woody notes, plus subtle hints of espresso and extra-dark chocolate, making them both excellent choices for the ardent cigar smoking connoisseur.

Flor de Gonzalez bundle cigars are handmade with high-grade Nicaraguan tobaccos left over from the production of their other quality premium cigars. Expertly rolled in dark Ecuador Sumatra wrappers, these mixed-filler cigars deliver a medium-bodied smoke with an effortless draw, even burn, and an impressively complex flavor profile. Available in five classic sizes, these cigar are an exceptional value for the price-conscious cigar smoker. "Our personal guarantee stands behind every cigar we manufacture, because we are our most demanding clients," says Yadi. Help yourself to these fine cigars by choosing the Flor de Gonzalez cigar that's right for you.

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