Following up on the news of Tres Reynas, a new collaborative project between the Quesada and García families, Patricia and Raquel Quesada shared some more details about the cigar and its origins.
The name Tres Reynas, which means Three Queens, wasn’t the first choice. The project was originally slated to be called Tres Hermanas, or Three Sisters, “because that is the relationship we have with Janny” the Quesada sisters said. In researching the availability of the name, it was decided that it was too similar to a cigar already on the market. While they did not go into which cigar the name was too close to, there are a pair of cigars that could have presented the obstacle. Casa Fernandez and Tropical Tobacco make a cigar called Los Hermanos, and the New Orleans Cigar Factory produces a cigar called Tres Hermanos.
When asked if the name ‘Three Queens’ might be seen as a bit boastful, especially considering that both their parents and Janny’s parents are alive and very active in the cigar industry, the Quesada sisters responded that “the name is not to be taken so literally…of course we do not think of ourselves as actual queens but rather wanted a name that would simply represent us as strong independent women in the industry that is dominated mostly by men.”
As reported by Cigar Aficionado, the Tres Reynas cigars will be produced at My Father Cigars S.A. in Esteli, Nicaragua, but distribution will be handled by the Quesada family’s SAG Imports. “That’s just the way we approached it from the beginning,” said the Quesadas.
The three women came to be friends approximately two years ago when Raquel met Janny at the Nicaraguan Cigar Festival and “we just clicked,” Raquel said. “A few months later we all got together with Patricia as well and we’ve all been friends ever since. It’s hard to explain. Sometimes you just meet a person that you immediately get along with and become close in a way that would normally take much longer to develop.”
Could this project be the first of several projects between the two families and their companies? “We are taking it one step at a time but we will certainly look to do future projects together again in the future.”
The Tres Reynas cigars will debut at the upcoming IPCPR convention and trade show and will be available in three sizes: a 6 x 60 Gordo, a 6 x 54 Torpedo and 5 x 50 Robusto. The cigars will consist of Nicaraguan filler and binder with a dark Connecticut Broadleaf wrapper. Only 1000 boxes of each size are being made, with prices between $7-8 per cigar.