Puros Indios Cigars announced it has reorganized the company hierarchy and will be manufacturing and distributing Kafie 1901, a new cigar that will be shipping to stores soon.
Best known for its Puros Indios and Cuba Aliados cigar brands, Puros Indios Cigars was owned by Rolando Reyes Sr., who died in 2012. Reyes, who was born in Cuba, first produced cigars out of a small factory in New Jersey before moving several times—first to Miami, then the Dominican Republic and, finally, Honduras, in a Danlí factory called Tabacalera Puros Aliados. The family also grows tobacco in Honduras.
According to a press release, Carlos Diez, Reyes's grandson, is in charge of international distribution and private manufacturing. (Puros Indios Cigars are shipped to Austria, Australia, Canada, Cyprus, Greece, Israel, Lithuania, Macau, Mauritius, The Netherlands, Poland, South Africa and Spain.)
Diez's brother Alex, along with marketing director Frank Santos, will oversee domestic distribution of the Puros Indios and Cuba Aliados brands under a new distribution entity called Diez & Santos Distributors. Additionally, Diez's mother, Oneida Reyes Diez, is now handling the daily operation of Tabacalera Puros Aliados, while his father, Enrique Diez, is in charge of tobacco cultivation.
Puros Indios Cigars will also be shipping soon to retailers Kafie 1901, a cigar created in partnership with Gaby Kafie, owner of Kafie Cigars. The Kafie 1901 blend features filler tobacco from the Dominican Republic and Nicaragua, binder from Honduras, and a maduro Habano wrapper grown in Nicaragua. Kafie 1901, packaged in 20-count boxes, will retail from $5.99 to $7.99 and will come in six sizes: VI Sixty, which measures 6 inches by 60 ring gauge; Toro Bello, 6 by 54; Torpedo, 6 1/2 by 53; V Sixty, 5 by 60; and Robusto, 5 by 50.