The story of Cigar Aficionado's 2012 Cigar of the Year begins in Cuba, the island home of José "Pepin" Garcia, his son Jaime and daughter, Janny. Pepin began rolling cigars at the age of 11 in his hometown of Baez. He rose to prominence in Cuba as a talented cigar maker, but yearned for freedom and opportunity. One by one the Garcias left, eventually making their way to Miami where they began producing cigars.
They released the Flor de Las Antillas brand in May 2012, using a variety of Nicaraguan tobaccos, their trademark double binder and a wrapper leaf grown in the open sunlight. They named the brand for Cuba, the largest of the Antilles Islands, which are called Antillas in their native Spanish.
The Flor de las Antillas features a blend of all Nicaraguan tobaccos that delivers a full flavored experience in a medium bodied smoke. The flawless, oily, dark brown Sun Grown wrapper leaf selected for the Flor de las Antillas Toro is the finest of quality in both appearance and taste.