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First international shipment Casa Cuevas has left the Dominican Republic last Monday. So it should be at the country of destination when you read this. And that country is New Zealand. The only official importer and distributor for New World cigars, Canteros has confirmed that the shipment left the Dominican Republic las Monday in an e-mail to Ministry of Cigars. If New Zealand customs cleared the shipment yet, we don’t know but we will follow up on that matter.

Casa Cuevas lines

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 and 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.

Ministry of Cigars - First international shipment Casa Cuevas
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.

La Mandarria

In February, the Casa Cuevas warehouse in Florida got robbed. The burglars broke into the warehouse using sledgehammers. And walked away with 25.000 cigars, including a planned limited edition. That’s why the new limited edition is named La Mandarria. That’s the Spanish translation of sledgehammer. La Mandarria comes in one size, 6×52 parejo. It’s made with Colombian, Dominican and Nicaraguan fillers. The binder comes from Nicaragua. The wrapper is an Ecuadorian Habano. The cigars have a shaggy foot and a pigtail. This limited edition is also included in the shipment to New Zealand.