Santana Cigars & Co. – established in January – has just announced the release of their new Santana 1997 Series. Expressed through three blends, this collection marks a significant milestone for Santana Cigars, which made its debut earlier this year with the Santana San Andres. After years of refining the blends based on valuable feedback from his patrons, Andy Santana, who also owns and operates two cigar shops in Miami, recognized that they were ready share with a wider audience. Named for the year that he opened his first Absolute Cigar Shop, the series is the result of a collaboration between Andy and renowned Master Blender William Ventura. The new Santana brand does not appear to have any connection to to Isaias Santana Diaz and the the D’Crossier line of cigars distributed by Pura Aroma.
Andy’s own journey began when he escaped communist Cuba and reunited with his family in Miami, where his grandfather, a cigar roller in Havana, became his role model. After a career in sales and entrepreneurship – inspired by the time he’d spent in the tobacco fields – he purchased Absolute, immersing himself completely in the world of premium handmade cigars. This led to the formation of the new brand that pays homage to his grandfather and the memories they were able to create. Collaborating with the esteemed William Ventura Cigar Factory in the Dominican Republic, Santana Cigars aims to provide memorable, well-balanced, bold-flavored cigars that reflect Santana’s dedication and love for tobacco.
The Santana 1997 Series features three distinct blends, each offering a captivating smoking experience. The Santana 1997 San Andres showcases a San Andres wrapper around a Sumatra binder and a blend of Corojo, Dominicano Criollo, and Pennsylvania filler tobaccos. For the Santana 1977 Habano, a Habano wrapper leaf is combined with an Indonesian binder and a blend of Habano, Corojo, and Criollo 98 filler tobaccos. The third blend in the series, the Santana 1997 Connecticut boasts a Connecticut wrapper, an Indonesian binder, and a blend of Corojo, Nicaraguan, and Pennsylvania filler tobaccos.