While visiting another booth, a representative from La Casta Cigars, LLC approached us and asked Brian Burt and I if we could stop by their booth, one space down from where we were. Turns out, we had already planned on stopping by as it made sense given our geographical plan to cover the show. Oh, and they had tequila.
Asociación Mexicana de Fabricantes de Puros S.C. is the Mexican cigar manufacturers’ association, a group I became familiar with because of their legendary Mexico party held annually at Inter-tabac. The booth actually contained three different manufacturers: Tabacalera R. Paxtian, La Casta Cigars and Tabacos La Victoria SA de CV (Miranda Cigars).
Out of that, La Casta Cigars, which operates out of the Puros Santa Clara S.A. de C.V. factory in San Andrés, is the only one with plans for the U.S. market. Jorge Ortiz Alvarez, the company’s head, told halfwheel they are currently applying for necessary licenses in the U.S. and expect to be on the market shortly.
This is offered in two variants, both using a San Andrés binder and a combination of Mexican and Nicaraguan fillers. The Habano version uses a wrapper from Ecuador, while the Maduro uses tobacco from San Andrés.
La Casta San Andrés
This features an aggressive square press, San Andrés maduro wrapper, San Andrés binder and filler from Nicaraguan and San Andrés. It’s offered in four sizes: Churchill (7 x 50), Grande Toro (5 x 60), Toro (6 x 50) and Robusto (5 x 50).