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A Conversation with Rolando Reyes, Sr.

The creator of Puros Indios and Cuba Aliados cigars speaks to Cigar Aficionado.
David Savona
From the Print Edition:
"24", Jan/Feb 2006

(continued from page 4)

Q: Have you smoked any Cuban cigars recently?
A: They bring Cuban cigars to the factory sometimes.

Q: And what do you think about Cuban cigars?
A: I think they're not blended well. I don't think they take pride in what they do. They have very little incentive.

Q: So what's next?
A: Right now I have full concentration on Cuba Aliados. I'm putting everything I've got into the new Cuba Aliados. It's very close to my heart. It's a brand I brought from Cuba, and I was unable to handle it for a very long time. Now that it's back with my family, I want to make sure that I'm remembered for a long time. I lost it once. I don't want to lose it again.

Q: The other brands aren't going away, right?
A: No, but I'm focused right now on Cuba Aliados. I want it to get back to where it used to be. I work every day of the year—even on my birthday. I get sick when I don't have anything to do. I'll retire when I'm dead.

Photos by Eileen Escarda

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