As part of its return to the cigar industry, Reinado Cigars has announced that it now has an exclusive U.S. distribution partner, SZ Wholesale.

Located in Bensalem, Pa., SZ Wholesale is a wholesaler for a number of premium cigar brands, as well as cigar accessory companies. Antonio Lam, founder of Reinado Cigars, said he feels strongly about the benefits that the relationship between the two companies will bring.

“It is time for our brand to take the next step in its growth cycle and we feel that SZ Wholesale shares the same mindset and synergy which we have been looking for,” Lam said via a press release. It will also help as the company expands its portfolio, as Lam said he has several new blends and lines in the works.

“Antonio and I share the common goal of providing our customers with outstanding value,” said Sahil Ambani, president of SZ Wholesale’s, in a press release, who called it “a natural partnership for us.”

Reinado Cigars was launched in 2009, but Lam was forced to put the company on hiatus towards the end of 2014 while he cared for his father, who had been diagnosed with dementia. The first cigar that Lam released following the company’s return to the industry is called the Grand Apex and is dedicated to his father’s honor. Reinado Cigars donates a portion of the proceeds from sales of the Grand Apex line to the Dementia Society of America.

Patrick Lagreid

I strive to capture the essence of a cigar and the people behind them in my work – every cigar you light up is the culmination of the work of countless people and often represents generations of struggle and stories. For me, it’s about so much more than the cigar – it’s about the story behind it, the experience of enjoying the work of artisans and the way that a good cigar can bring people together. In addition to my work with halfwheel, I’m the public address announcer for the Colorado Rockies and Arizona Diamondbacks during spring training, as well as for the Salt River Rafters of the Arizona Fall League, the WNBA's Phoenix Mercury and the Arizona Rattlers of the Indoor Football League. I also work in a number of roles for MLB.com, plus I'm a voice over artist. I previously covered the Phoenix and national cigar scene for Examiner.com, and was an editor for Cigar Snob magazine.