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Oliva Cigar Co.

Oliva Cigar Co.

Oliva Cigar Co., which makes about 15 million to 16 million handmade cigars a year, traces its history back to the tobacco fields of Cuba, where Melanio Oliva started growing cigar tobacco in the 1800s. His grandson Gilberto became a tobacco broker, and eventually left Cuba for Spain, later settling in Central America. In 1995, Oliva and his son Gilberto Jr. founded Oliva Cigar Co., originally making cigars within Nestor Plasencia's factory in Nicaragua before opening their own facility.Oliva Cigar Co. In 2014, the company's Oliva Serie V Melanio Figuardo won Cigar of the Year, and in 2016, it was purchased by J. Cortès Cigars N.V., a Belgian company that specializes in machine-made cigars.

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