Our History

Once upon a long, long time, a young man named Ramon and his young bride left their beloved homeland of Spain and followed the path of the great adventurers who sailed overseas to the New World. His quest ultimately led him to the colony of Puerto Rico -- more precisely some 100 miles west from the capital city of San Juan to the fertile Las Marias sector near the then coastal city of Nuestra Señora de la Candelaria de Mayagüez, today simply known as Mayaguez. There Ramon found the rich earth and tropical climate perfect for his plans of horticultural enterprise. He dreamed of a future day when his fields would bring forth fine crops, so he established Hacienda Camila.

By the beginning of the 20th Century, Ramon's once-humble farm had blossomed into an agricultural anchor for the entire island, providing fresh farm produce such as coffee, mango, papaya, oranges, and most importantly to our story, superb long leaf cigar tobacco for his personal smoking pleasure and that of his colleagues. Soon word spread through the region that the best cigars in Puerto Rico were made in Hacienda Camila. The production had to be increased to meet local demand. His family flourished as well and, in total, he sired five children.

Our story follows one son, named Luis Pío. Showing an early natural inclination toward working the land, Luis dedicated himself to follow in his father's footsteps, ultimately earning a degree from the highly respected Colegio de Agricultura y Artes Mecanicas (A&M) in Mayaguez. As he matured, Luis also demonstrated a rare ability to discern subtle differences and nuances of flavor and developed a highly sophisticated palate. Very much involved in his father's tobacco cultivation and cigar production, Luis' keen palate ultimately earned him the title of Catador, a rare and much respected designation reserved for the most highly skilled cigar taste testers. In the 1920s it was widely held that the tobacco grown in Puerto Rico was of superior quality to that produced in Cuba. It was a lively and exciting time to be involved in the cigar world.

Although Luis had a large family of 15 children, none carried the passion he felt for the tobacco fields and cigar production. The sons went on to become lawyers of great regard, professional choreographers and one even entered public service as a senator in the Puerto Rico Legislature. The daughters married and moved away, content to take with them stories of their youth about playing in the "glaciles" (the flattened areas used for sun-drying coffee beans) and the tobacco curing barns. When Don Luis passed away in 1948, Hacienda Camila was sold and re-developed into an upscale housing sub-division, still carrying the family name: Villa Santaliz.

This would have been the end of the story if it weren't for the birth of Don Luis' grandson, Ramon Luis Martinez Santaliz, in 1961. Although the two never met each other, it is clear that they share a bond that defies time. Ramon is also a natural Catador and the House of Cigars was established, in part, so he could personally blend cigars for his private collection. In keeping with the beautiful Latin welcome "Mi casa es su casa", we make a few extra batches of our favorite blends for old friends and also new friends we haven't met yet. ¡Bienvenidos!

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HOUSE OF CIGARS INC.
13901 Midway Rd #110
Dallas, Texas 75244
(877) 543-5013
houseofcigarsinc@gmail.com

 

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