While OM Cigar Co. as a company has been around for a few years, this was my first time meeting owner Osvaldo Morales. He is an intense individual, not in a menacing way, but when he talks about his cigars, there is a lot of passion for the product.

Born in Miami and of Cuban heritage, Morales has been around cigars his entire life. It might seem inevitable that during a vacation to the Dominican Republic, he met up with Osvaldo Radhamés Rodríguez of Tabacalera El Artista S.R.L. and worked with his son, Radhames ‘Ram’ Rodriguez, to create his first blend.

The OM Cigar Co. booth was part of the BCA Pavilion, which meant that Morales’ area was one of the standard setups that the rest of the brands in the bigger booth space used. That said, I think it’s a great space for younger brands for multiple reasons. The clean structures gave a great area to display cigars and looked a lot cleaner than many newer company’s booths in the first year or two. Also, a big booth space like the BCA Pavilion will draw retailers in, who logically would want to see what each individual brand was offering.

While there was nothing specifically new from the company, Morales was happy to talk about his Essential Blend lines and a little bit more about the company.

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Brian Burt

I have been smoking cigars since 2005 and reviewing them as a hobby since 2010. Initially, I started out small with a 50-count humidor and only smoking one or two cigars a month. Not knowing anybody else that smoked cigars, it was only an occasional hobby that I took part in. In March of 2010, I joined Nublive and Cigar Asylum, connecting me with many people who also shared an interest in cigars. Reading what they had to say about brands I had never heard of, I quickly immersed myself in the boutique brands of the industry and it was then that cigars transformed from a hobby into a passion.