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Tuesday, August 08 2017
Flor De Gonzalez (FDG) Cigars was founded in 1993 by Arnaldo Gonzalez. Having been raised in the tobacco fields of Las Villas in Santa Clara, Cuba, Arnaldo was primed for growing tobacco since an early age. His father and grandfather were both tobacco growers in Cuba, however his father passed away at an early age, leaving him to learn under his grandfather. By the time his grandfather too passed, Arnaldo had come to develop a strong passion for tobacco and a foundational knowledge which he would later use when entering the industry himself. After leaving Cuba in 1980 to escape an oppressive communist regime, Arnaldo worked in Hialeah, Florida for many years towards his dream of owning his own cigar factory.
After its establishment, FDG Cigars got its start by manufacturing a few hundred cigars every week in Hialeah, Florida, which were then sold at the factory’s storefront. This humble beginning would eventually blossom into the thriving manufacturer that FDG Cigars is today, distributing thousands of cigars to retailers across the United States. In 1997, the vast majority of production moved to Nicaragua with the intention of producing high quality cigars that are affordable to the everyday smoker. Arnaldo also began growing tobacco in Ecuador in 2004, paving the way for production of exceptional quality Connecticut, Habano, Sumatra and Broadleaf wrappers. The FDG Gold Series is the flagship original premium cigar released in 1993, and is expertly handmade and blended with the best tobaccos from different regions around the world. More recent products include the specialty line 90 Miles which contains high quality fermented and aged tobacco from Nicaragua, and the Spectral, which received the top 25 cigar award of 2015 by Cigar Snob Magazine.
Arnaldo’s youngest daughter, Yadi Gonzalez-Vargas, joined the business in 2002 after gaining knowledge of the industry from her father. Yadi oversees the Miami operation of the company, which specializes in boutique lines of cigars such as the Gold Series. In addition to this stateside operation, Yadi manages the company’s manufacturing in Nicaragua, as well as oversees distribution and the handling of private label clients. She is fully hands on with the complete operation of the business, and is a true expert of the process behind the careful blending and skillful handmade crafting of cigars.
Join us on Saturday, August 26th in welcoming Yadi Gonzalez-Vargas to Ligero Tobacco House for a meet and greet opportunity as well as to enjoy her cigar hand rolling demonstration. We will be having cigar deals all day as well as a prize raffle, and as always, you may be compelled to also enjoy a cup of our authentic café Cubano (Cuban coffee) along with your cigar!
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