First rolled a century ago, this historic cigar brand is named for Angel LaMadrid Cuesta, one of the founders of the storied Cuesta-Rey cigar brand. These cigars were the official cigar of King Alfonso XIII, who ruled Spain from 1886 to 1931.
Angel Cuesta cigars are handmade in The American Room at J.C. Newman’s iconic El Reloj cigar factory in the Cigar City of Tampa, Florida. They feature a beautiful Ecuador Havana Rosado wrapper with a blend of aged binder and filler tobaccos from three continents and a pigtail cap. They are rolled in three sizes and packed in cabinets of 20 cigars:
- Angel Cuesta Doble Robusto – 5.5” x 56 with a suggested retail price of $18
- Angel Cuesta Toro – 6.25” x 52 with a suggested retail price of $19
- Angel Cuesta Salomones – 7.25” x 57 with a suggested retail price of $22
A team of two rollers with decades of experience roll a total of 150 Angel Cuesta cigars per day. J.C. Newman released Angel Cuesta to 25 TAA members and expects to release these special cigars to additional premium cigar retailers across the United States twice a year. They are also available to those visiting J.C. Newman’s Factory Store at its El Reloj cigar factory in Tampa.
Top Image: Original Angel Cuesta Band from 100 years ago. Bottom Image: New Angel Cuesta Band from 2023
Angel Delgado Alba rolls Angel Cuesta cigars in The American Room at the J.C. Newman El Reloj Cigar Factory in Tampa, Fla.
A Leader in the Cigar Industry
A century ago, Angel Cuesta was one of the leaders of the cigar industry in Tampa. Inside each box of Angel Cuesta cigars is the following excerpt of a story by Angel Cuesta on why Tampa was the Fine Cigar Capital of the World:
“If you are a man who enjoys a really fine cigar, you have probably long since discovered the hand-made Tampa cigar with its superb smoking qualities – choice, clear Havana tobacco at its best! If you haven’t made this discovery, we believe it is time you did. And so we tell you how these cigars are created, and about Tampa, too – for the story of fine cigars is inseparable from the story of Tampa.
It was Senor V. Martinez Ybor who pioneered the movement which made Tampa the cigar capital of America. In 1869 Ybor had transferred his factory from Havana to Key West, to escape the depredations of the Spanish volunteer troops. As others followed, Key West became the center of America’s clear Havana industry of America’s clear Havana industry.
Angel LaMadrid Cuesta
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7.25″ x 57
6 1/4″ x 52
5 1/2″ x 56
WRAPPER: Ecuador Havana Rosado
FACTORY: J.C. Newman El Reloj
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