San Cristobal is born from an extensive Cuban tradition at the hands of celebrated cigar-maker Jose ‘Pepin’ Garcia. Known today as simply “Pepin,” Garcia began rolling cigars at the age of eleven in Cuba where he rose to prominence as a master cigar-maker over the course of a distinguished, decades-long career. Pepin immigrated to the U.S. in the early 2000s.
With the help of his family, Pepin began reshaping his destiny as a maker of high-end premium cigars for the U.S. market by establishing a handful of smaller boutique brands in Miami’s Little Havana district. Pepin’s medium to full-bodied blends were drawn from potent but enticing Nicaraguan tobaccos. In them, he found a genuine reflection of Cuban cigars, and with them, he captured the attention of cigar lovers and critics everywhere.