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Casa Cuevas finds international distribution after a burglary. In February, perpetrators emptied the complete Casa Cueva warehouse in Miami. All the stock was stolen. That included all the limited editions.

But from that disaster, something wonderful happened. Grant ‘The Cigar Merchant’ Ovenden, who owns and operates Canteros.nz, reached out to the Cuevas family. Ovenden is the sole importer and distributor for non-Cuban cigars in New Zealand. In an attempt to help Cuevas recover, Ovenden decided to place an order.

This week, that order is expected to touch New Zealand’s soil. The three core Casa Cuevas lines will be available in New Zealand. Those are the Casa Cuevas Connecticut, Casa Cuevas Habano, and the Casa Cuevas Maduro. All three lines are made at Tabacalera Las Lavas. That factory is owned by the Cuevas family.

Casa Cuevas cigars

The Casa Cuevas Connecticut is made from Nicaraguan and Dominican filler. A Nicaraguan binder and Ecuadorian Connecticut wrapper finish the cigar. The Casa Cuevas Habano has Nicaraguan and Dominican filler ands a Nicaraguan binder. The wrapper is Ecuadorian Habano. Finally, the Casa Cuevas Maduro is made from Colombian, Nicaraguan and Dominican filler. The binder is Nicaraguan. The wrapper is a naturally fermented San Andres Maduro wrapper from Mexico.

Casa Cuevas finds international distribution
Casa Cuevas cigar rings (photo credit: Behance)

The Casa Cuevas brand only launched two years ago. The family history is much longer. Back in the late 1800s, a Spanish immigrant in Cuba by the name of Juan Cuevas started to cultivate tobacco. And now the fifth generation is involved in the family business. After the revolution in 1959, and the nationalization of all companies in Cuba, the family left. A few years later the family legacy continued. This time in the famous Cibao valley in the Dominican Republic. Not only cultivating tobacco but also by opening a cigar factory, Tabacalera Las Lavas

Tabacalera Las Lavas

Tabacalera Las Lavas has produced many cigars for a lot of clients over the years. Those clients include big names like Carlos Toraño, Gurkha, and Sam Leccia. They also produced cigars for large American online retailers, like Cigars International and Thompson. And for smaller brands like Swinger Cigars, Vicarias Cigars, Bow Tie Cigars, Veritas Cigars, and Good Karma Cigars to name a few.

The family history and legacy called for the release bearing the family name, so Casa Cuevas was born. 

And now that legacy spreads to New Zealand. The Kiwi aficionados can try the cigars for themselves. Three sizes of each line will be available. A 5×52 Robusto, a 6×50 Toro and a 6×60 Gordo will all be for sale down under.

Ministry of Cigars Casa Cuevas
Casa Cuevas core lines (photo credit: Behance)