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The Quiet Man

You might not know José Seijas, but you probably smoke his cigars.
David Savona
From the Print Edition:
The Cuba Issue, May/Jun 01

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"It really helps them with the cut," says Seijas, watching over the shoulder of one of his workers. "It's faster, and really clean. We give workers the option, and they use both."

Seijas's cigars have always been known for their quality of construction, and today he is pumping up many of his blends with stronger tobaccos, making more flavorful cigars. Seijas and Tabacalera de Garcia may be making its best cigars ever. An H. Upmann 2000 Corona Larga scored 90 points in the August 2000 Cigar Aficionado, tying with a Cuban Partagas 8-9-8 as the highest-rated lonsdale of the tasting. It's the best rating ever given to a Dominican H. Upmann.

Seijas takes a dark, oily cigar from his desk. He offers it to a visitor. It's beautiful, with a reddish-brown wrapper, typical of the new brands he is bringing to market. It's powerful from the first puff, completely unlike any of the blends from his factory in the past.

Seijas sits quietly in his chair, smoking. The hum of the office seems to fade in the blue smoke, the worries of the day temporarily put on hold. Seijas's cigar of the future slowly turns to white ash.

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