Cigarmaker A.J. Fernandez wants to pay homage to an idyllic time he believes were the glory days of Cuban tobacco—preCastro Cuba. His upcoming brand, Días De Gloria or “days of glory,” will be shown at next month’s IPCPR trade show. It’s a nod to this romanticized period in Cuba’s history before the Revolution, although the new cigar contains no Cuban tobacco. Rather, it’s made up of aged tobacco from four of Fernandez’s oldest farms in Nicaragua: Finca los Cedros, La Providencia 1, La Lilia and La Soledad. All four of these farms are located in Estelí.
“These are the four oldest farms I own,” says Fernandez, “and I’ve been setting aside tobacco from each farm and aging it for years for this blend. I want everyone to enjoy it like the glory days of old Cuba.”
According to Fernandez, some of the tobacco in the blend has been aged for up to seven years.
Días de Gloria comes in four sizes, each packed in boxes of 20: Short Churchill, which measures 6 1/2 inches by 48 ring gauge; Robusto, 5 1/2 by 52; Toro, 6 by 56; and Gordo, 6 by 58. The cigars retail from $9 to $12, respectively.
The Días de Gloria brand first made its retail appearance in early 2017, but Fernandez pulled it from the market shortly after, as he wanted to focus on other brands in his portfolio at the time.
The cigars are made at Fernandez’s namesake factory in Estelí, Nicaragua.