El Rey de los Habanos, Inc. is a newly created corporation founded in
June 2002 in the United States and headed by José “Pepín” García, a
master cigar maker who, with his family by his side, continues to follow
in the tradition maintained in Cuba for many years.
Pepín comes from a family of tobacco makers and entered the business
in December 1961, when he was only 11 years of age, working at a cigar
factory belonging to one of his uncles in the town of Báez, Province of
Villa Clara, Cuba. In March 1963, having gained a certain amount of
experience, he began working at the Félix Rodríguez export cigar
factory, also in the town of Báez. He worked there continuously until he
was finally able to get out of Cuba in 2001, bound for Nicaragua.
During his long career in Cuba, he received countless distinctions and
awards for his work, including the “Productivity Prize” for rolling 320
Julietas (7 x 48) in four hours. His dexterity and agility were also
repeatedly compared by the Cuban press with those of a magician.
Today, he owns his factory in Miami’s Little Havana. It is considered by
many in the cigar industry as one of the few factories that consistently
produce the highest rated cigars. The team of cigar rollers is comprised
primarily of persons who received formal training from Pepín in Cuba, and
who have become cigar-making experts through training in the most
modern and creative cigar manufacturing methods.
Our company has put five of its own brands on the market. Our best
blends are the ones that bear the name “Don Pepín García”. These are
distinctly full-bodied and medium to full-bodied cigars with a long and
heavy finish. In addition, each of our boxes has a stamp at the bottom
with the packing date and another with the “Don Pepín” signature.
For José “Pepín” García, cigars have been both a career and a passion.
Since fleeing Cuba, Pepín has made a life in nearly every aspect of the cigar business.
El Rey de los Habanos is the result of the dream of a boy who began to
make his first cigars as an 11-year-old boy in Cuba, following a family
tradition. Today, that boy is José “Pepín” García and his dream has become
reality, because he is El Rey de los Habanos.