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Cigarmaker Moore & Bode Heading to India

David Savona
Posted: September 26, 2011

Moore & Bode Cigars Inc., the quirky boutique company that has made cigars in Miami for more than two decades, is taking the dramatic step of moving production to Mumbai, India. The move is intended to vastly increase production of the company's cigars for the American market.

All of Moore & Bode's cigar brands—Flamboyan, Flamboyan Dark, Adelante, Izmir and even Miami—will be rolled in India by a company known as Golden Tobacco Ltd. The factory will also roll a new cigar the size of a cigarette (retailing for 55 cents) called Chairman's Product. Sharon Moore Bode, president of the company, said some Moore & Bode would continue to be made in Miami, but under license, and that it might return to directly controlling its Miami manufacturing "once our production is set in India." The new Indian-made Moore & Bode cigars will be packed in wooden boxes or small cartons, differentiating them from the Miami-made cigars that come in soft packaging.

"Our product is geared for export," said Robert Bode. "We're not setting up in India to sell in India."

Moore & Bode is different. The company eschews cigar bands, and instead puts a small, circular label on the head of the cigar (as seen in photo). It has long been secretive about the tobaccos used in the company's cigars. The company spoke with Cigar Aficionado about some of the tobaccos used in its blends, which tend to be unlike many of the Central American and Caribbean tobaccos used in most handmade, premium cigars. The tobaccos come from such exotic, non-traditional growing countries as India, China and Turkey, as well as common ones such as the United States.

The Indian-made, full-size cigars will retail for prices ranging from $7.10 to $19.40. Rolling in India is scheduled to begin later this month, and the cigars should go on sale in the United States by November.

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Comments   20 comment(s)

Robert Allan September 26, 2011 4:11pm ET

Pass


lcfranson@gmail.com September 26, 2011 6:10pm ET

Pass


Alan Garcia — Dover, DE, USA,  —  September 26, 2011 7:35pm ET

Curious... Drew Estate uses tobacco from different countries and the final product is not bad. At least to say "been there, done that...".


Kyle Trahan — Abbeville, LA, U.S.A.,  —  September 26, 2011 11:09pm ET

Cheaper labor I take it?

Pass...


Ed Harvey — Auburn, WA, United States,  —  September 27, 2011 1:55am ET

I dont think that they will be missed in the US. Good Bye!!!


Mike Kellum — kutztown, pa, usa,  —  September 27, 2011 8:56am ET

I'm not putting anything that comes from India in my mouth.


Andrew Stevens — Darwin, N.T., Australia,  —  September 27, 2011 9:04am ET

Not a curry fan then.
I don't think that most of the cigar smokers out there will miss these guys.
Pass


Melinda Miklai September 27, 2011 9:40am ET

Pass


Float Dub September 27, 2011 1:41pm ET

Way to stay open minded, guys. I promise you've smoked Indian tobacco and haven't realized it.

Their Miami cigars are brilliant, if you can find them. Curious to see what the future holds.


David Savona September 27, 2011 1:46pm ET

If you've smoked Moore & Bode's in the past, you've smoked Indian tobacco. Their idea is to make the same blends, but in a different place.


Kyle Trahan — Abbeville, LA, U.S.A.,  —  September 28, 2011 7:29am ET

I have nothing against Indian tobacco, or tabacco from any country really. The handful of cigars I have smoked from M & B were ok at best in my opinion and it seemed as if more focus was placed on having an odd size than a flavorful quality. Regardless, I like to see companies use the skilled hands and rich heritage that we have in Miami. I hate seeing jobs lost to other places that was once held here. It is of course their right to do what they think is best for their company and/or profits. On the same note it is my right to pass on them and their product as a whole. I understand its hard to be very large in Miami only and not branch out. But I took it as they are moving, not opening another factory due to a large demand.


Float Dub September 28, 2011 6:37pm ET

Understood. But I'm pretty sure most manufacturers already left Miami for cheaper labor in Central America years ago.

Are we boycotting Pete since he's making the Cabaiguan in Nica now? Or Ernie since he makes his sticks in the DR and not on Calle Ocho?

They've all left Miami, bro. All of them. The ones that are in Miami are a so few and far between now that they stand out. I mean who's even making sticks there anymore? Pio and El Titan?


Donald Barrow — Burlington , NC,  —  September 29, 2011 10:16am ET

I'm smoking a Tatuaje Petie lancero black band - I thought this was made Miami,


JONATHAN DREW — NEW YORK, NY, UNITED STATES,  —  September 30, 2011 1:40pm ET

This is an interesting topic.

M&B were one of the companies that I had noticed as "special" when I first entered the cigar business in 1995. They were special for a number of reasons that I could not have possibly understood at that time.

Here we are 16 years later, and I hear about the concept of being boutique ... and sometimes just giggle. M&B, wether you like their cigars or not, have always been a true boutique manufacturer, quality and consistency committed, and worthy of respect from everybody who loves a premium cigar.

They have been known to be eccentric brand owners, but I have met them numerous times and can say that they love this industry and could have made a lot more money by leaving their boutique roots.

To M&B, if you read my post here, I wish you the best success in your new factory. Be safe and enjoy.

JD


Moore & Bode — Miami, FL, USA,  —  October 1, 2011 10:16am ET

Thank you, Jonathan.
Not only are you a very talented cigar manufacturer, but a true gentleman as well.
With Best Regards.
Sharon and Robert Bode, Moore & Bode


Marvin Crenshaw — Looking Glass River, MI, USA,  —  October 8, 2011 6:46pm ET

For all who say pass because a company moves to another country, think about this - how many of you would run your own business and give ALL you make to the IRS, payroll, and suppliers. We live in a hostile business environment. People start businesses to make money - not give it away. If you want domestic products of any kind, vote to get the government out of the way of business so that it can do what it's supposed to do - make money and products we want.


nareyramos@yahoo.com November 15, 2011 5:52pm ET

I have smoked M&B in the past and I love their Miami blend. These cigars have an uneven burn but they are very well balanced. M&B had a small place in Calle 8 but one day I found out they had moved to another location and I lost track of them ever since. I also have to say that the owners Robert and Sharon are very nice people and they love what they do. My respects to them and I wish them good luck in any future endeavors.


Jeffrey Richman — Waxhaw, North Carolina, USA,  —  December 27, 2011 8:10pm ET

I have been smoking M&B since 1996/1997 when I would buy from their store on Calle Ocho in Miami. They were always freshly made and had a great taste and flavor.

The Miami blend is very mild, yet tasty. If you are looking for something stronger and fuller bodied, yet not overpowering, then you should try the Flamboyan.

I have smoked both and they are excellent cigars and well crafted. Just like any other cigar, sometimes you get one that doesn't burn as well as it should or has a "hard" spot. Not a big deal.

To all of those that posted that they will pass, most likely you have never tried one of their cigars. They are not readily available through retailers. It doesn't matter where they are made, as long as they keep their standards high - which I believe that they do.

For those that say they will not be missed in the U.S. - they will be. I just got off the phone with Sharon Moore talking about cigars and blends and what she is working to accomplish by moving her production to India, and I can say that I will miss her and her shop in Miami.

Most people never even experience one of their fine cigars, yet are quick to pass judgment.

I strongly suggest you try them and then post you comments, I believe that your comments will be quite different.

I look forward to passing out a box to the lounge members where I reside now because none of them have tried one of their cigars and I would like to introduce them to another excellent cigar!


Jeffrey Richman — Waxhaw, North Carolina, USA,  —  December 27, 2011 8:22pm ET

I have been smoking M&B cigars since 1996 when a friend gave me one. I am a lover of their cigars and enjoy the different blends that they have.

To all of you that “pass” on them, I am sure that most, if not all of you have never had one of their wonderful cigars. They are different from others that you have smoked and they take great care and pride in what they do.

I have just spent an hour talking with Sharon Moore about her move to India, cigar blends and even some of their upcoming plans – and am excited about what’s in store for them (and us) in the future.

I look forward to sharing a box with those in my cigar store because I know none of them have ever had the pleasure to smoke one of these fine cigars.

To those of you that have a problem with them moving their production – I say what does it matter, if they keep their high standards of producing a quality product.

Just like every cigar that I have smoked, I have some that burn unevenly or have a “hard” spot. It happens.

I thank them for their innovative efforts and can’t wait to try more blends.

They make a great cigar and I look forward to continuing to smoke them!


Jeffrey Richman — Waxhaw, North Carolina, USA,  —  December 28, 2011 1:45pm ET

I have been smoking M&B cigars since 1996 when a friend gave me one. I am a lover of their cigars and enjoy the different blends that they have.

To all of you that “pass” on them, I am sure that most, if not all of you have never had one of their wonderful cigars. They are different from others that you have smoked and they take great care and pride in what they do.

I have just spent an hour talking with Sharon Moore about her move to India, cigar blends and even some of their upcoming plans – and am excited about what’s in store for them (and us) in the future.

I look forward to sharing a box with those in my cigar store because I know none of them have ever had the pleasure to smoke one of these fine cigars.

To those of you that have a problem with them moving their production – I say what does it matter, if they keep their high standards of producing a quality product.

Just like every cigar that I have smoked, I have some that burn unevenly or have a “hard” spot. It happens.

I thank them for their innovative efforts and can’t wait to try more blends.

They make a great cigar and I look forward to continuing to smoke them!


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