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Cigars: Arnaldo Gonzalez 90 Mile Trek To Freedom Created FDG Cigars

When Arnaldo Gonzalez made the 90 mile journey from Cuba to the Florida Keys in 1980, he was in search of a life of freedom and prosperity and that is exactly what he found. As a third generation in the tobacco industry, he grew up watching his father and grandfather work the fields of Cuba. With knowledge of the business in tow, he fled the Communist regime put in place by Fidel Castro to try his hand in the U.S. market. This wonderfully crafted gem is a tribute to that 90 mile trek to freedom, fittingly named, Flor de Gonzalez 90 Miles.

Receiving an appropriate 90 rating from a number of top cigar magazines, 90 Miles is a Cuban-esque blend that calls back to the Havanas of old. Handmade with aged Nicaraguan long-fillers and a Nicaraguan binder, 90 Miles grabs your attention right off the bat. A shimmering Habano Rosado wrapper graces the outside giving this prize aesthetics second to none. Starting with strong notes of a delightful natural sweetness mixed with cedar and leather and working its way to complex hints of earth, pepper, and spice, this is one blend that you are going to want to come across.

90 Miles Nicaragua R.A.

90 Miles Nicaragua RA

This cigar is a tribute to Roberto Alonso belated Director of Sales and Marketing of FDG Cigars.  He was a best friend to Arnaldo and a mentor to Yadi.  Roberto was the creator of the 90 Miles name during a sales trip to Chicago.  We made this cigar in his favorite size (lancer) a limited edition all Nicaraguan puro to honor his name with this cigar.  We dressed the box and band with a sketch he had made on a napkin while on a trip to Nicaragua back in 2011.  He put Nicaragua R.A (his initials) at the bottom of the napkin as a signature and this is why we called it like we did.

 

90 Miles 1980 Edition

90 Miles 1980 Edition

They say they don’t make it like they used to… and this is why we developed the 90 Miles 1980 Edition. This cigars delivers a complex and unique flavor profile created by the blending of two of the best tasting wrappers out there. Not only are these wrappers both aged for five years, but the marriage between the two are like no other and had not been put together by any other cigar company in the market until we did. We are talking about San Andres natural maduro Mexican wrapper with Connecticut Broadleaf wrapper used as a binder.  This is why this double wrapper cigar along with the perfectly aged and fermented fillers from Nicaragua with a dash of Dominican is one of the most flavorful cigars you will experience.

 

90 Miles Reserva Selecta

90 Miles 1980 Reserva Selecta

Special cigars are no longer for special occasions. Presenting the Flor de Gonzalez, 90 Miles Reserva Selecta. Meticulously blended for over a year and blended with premium slowly aged 5 year tobacco the Reserva Selecta was the second extension to the 90 Miles line of cigars. Notes of black pepper and spice and a more robust smoke that the original 90 Miles.

 

90 Miles

90 Miles 1980 Edition Torpedo

Flor de Gonzalez Cigars proudly introduces the first series of “90 Miles”. Made from selected and specially fermented and aged tobacco that offers a smooth taste cigar aficionados can appreciate. This line of cigars is an all Nicaraguan filler puro blended with the finest tobaccos from all three tobacco growing regions of Nicaragua.

 

 

About Flor De Gonzalez

Flor de Gonzalez Cigars was established in 1993. The founder, Arnaldo Gonzalez, grew up in the tobacco fields of Las Villas in Santa Clara, Cuba where his father and grandfather were both tobacco growers. Arnaldo’s father passed away when he was a young boy, but his grandfather taught him everything he knew and before he passed away Arnaldo had already developed a passion for tobacco and everything that evolved around that business.

In 1980 he had to leave his native land through a third country to escape from the unmanageable communist regime, but his passion, knowledge and background for tobacco left with him and after a few years of hard work the dream of owning his own cigar factory came true.

Flor De Gonzalez started by manufacturing a few hundred cigars per week in Hialeah, Florida, which were sold at the storefront of the factory. Pretty soon the manufacturing increased to thousands among thousands of cigars and selling to distributors and retailers all over the United States. The brand has been consistently rated by Cigar Aficionado and Cigar Snob magazine amongst some of the best cigars in the world.

In 1997 when the industry boom came to a halt the factory in Hialeah that was “Up in Smoke” (figuratively speaking) they found themselves struggling to survive. While many factories closed their doors, Flor De Gonzalez Cigars decided to move 95% of the manufacturing to Nicaragua and there they started making a quality cigar that would be affordable to the everyday smoker. Thus making a small margin, the objective was to maintain a quality cigar in a post industry boom market. The theory worked out because here they are today, still serving their clients.

Arnaldo really went back to his roots when in 2004 when he started growing tobacco in Ecuador. The family grows exceptional quality Connecticut, Habano, Sumatra and Broadleaf wrappers which are sold to the industry as well as used in their products. The debut of the first crop went on their 15th year Anniversary cigar. A limited edition line called “15 Aniversario” that was beautifully wrapped with an elegant Connecticut Desflorado wrapper.

Back in 2002 Arnaldos youngest daughter Yadi Gonzalez-Vargas joined her dad and became part of the industry. Arnaldo has taught her the ins and outs of the business. She is in charge of their Miami operation which specializes in boutique lines such as their original blend the Gold Series. Yadi also oversees their manufacturing in Nicaragua, distribution of the cigars and handles the private label clients. She is literally hands on with the blending and full operation of the business.

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