Nicaragua’s Next Giant

With its penchant for innovative smokes and a sizable supply of tobacco leaf, Oliva Cigar Co. has doubled production since 2006.

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"For a long time, people said ‘a fine cigar has to be Cuban, a fine wine has to be French.' Wine does not have to come from the most noble vines in France to be a great wine," he says, taking a contemplative puff on his smoke. He reflects, thinking upon how his company has managed to thrive while combining the tenets of tradition and experimenting with the thrill of modern trends. "Some change is not necessarily for the best," he says, "but some change is good."
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