Three years ago, Antonio Lam hopped a plane to Nicaragua on a mission, to become a master cigar maker, to put New Jersey on the premium cigar map. Reinado was born. The meaning of Reinado is “reign” and that is exactly what Antonio plans to do, as the Grand Empire Reserve is making its debut.
Reinado’s core “Puro” line has been on the market for 2 years. With a unique and natural fermentation process the Puro has robust flavor and has caught the eye, or should I say taste of many in the cigar world. However, it is now time for Antonio’s second line to hit the market. Antonio takes the fermentation process to a new level; “The flavor profile of the Grand Empire Reserve was developed after extensive sampling to deliver a truly exceptional blend,” Lam said. Along with an extended fermentation process, Grand Empire Reserve has a new added Nicaraguan filler “distinguishing it from all other cigars on the market,” he added.
A tall order from this Jersey boy, but Antonio is driven, absolutely loves what he does and sees the advantage of running his business in New Jersey. He is owner of Cubanero Enterprises and saw the advantages of Nicaraguan tobacco, the excellent growing and fermenting conditions, that are now even surpassing that of Cuban tobacco. He, too is a unique blend himself, born right here in New Jersey he is Cuban and Chinese. His back round in graphic design as evidenced in the royal colors of Reinado brand and band design. He truly brings it together and has already alluded to his next project involving special blending…we are not surprised and will surely keep you posted.
The official unveiling of the Grand Empire Reserve is taking place in Florida at the 80th annual IPCPR, (International Premium Cigar and Pipe Retailers) Convention and International Trade Show. He will release a single size “Elegidos” meaning “chosen” Specs include; size 5 X 55 box pressed; Nicaraguan select Maduro wrapper: Nicaraguan filler and binder, and an initial price point of $9.95
New Jersey Greats is proud to be a part of the launch of Reinado Cigars Grand Empire Reserve. To purchase Reinado or for more information please visit
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