This April, Manuel Quesada Jr., patriarch of the Quesada cigar family, turns 70 years old. To honor this milestone and his storied career in the cigar industry, the company is releasing a celebratory smoke called the Manuel Quesada 70th, blended by the man himself.
"My uncle has dedicated his life to cigars and all of us at Quesada cannot express in words how proud we are of him," Terence Reilly of Quesada Cigars said. "Whether you know him well or have never met him personally, smoking the [Manuel Quesada 70th] gives the aficionado an opportunity to connect with Manuel through the taste and flavor of this blend. It truly exemplifies his palate."
The new cigar is rolled with a Cuban-seed wrapper and Sumatra-seed binder, both grown in the Dominican Republic. The fillers are from Nicaragua and the Dominican Republic. The 70th is launching in two sizes: Toro, at 6 inches by 50 ring gauge, and Belicoso, 6 by 52. Both sizes retail for $12.50 and come in boxes of 10, of which only 1,000 were produced.
Manuel Quesada 70th has been shipped to a select number of retailers, with a wider, national rollout slated for next month.
"Some stores are receiving a sneak preview now," Reilly confirmed.
The Quesada family has an extensive history working with tobacco, starting in the late 1800s in Cuba. The Cuban revolution forced the Quesada family into exile, and in June 1974, Manuel Quesada Jr., along with his brother and father, opened up their own cigar factory in Santiago, Dominican Republic, called Manufactura de Tabacos S.A. (MATASA). Today, the factory as well as the company is known as Quesada Cigars.
The 70th is rolled at the Quesada Cigars factory in the Dominican Republic.