Cigar birthdays in September 2022. Like every month we celebrate some of the people in the cigar industry. If we miss anybody on our calendar, please let us know and we will add him or her. Here are the birthdays for September 2022.
September 1: Danny Vasquez. Danny came into the business with Baracoa Cigars and a blend named Voyage. He folded his cigars due to pending FDA regulations, but with those of the tables and his departure from RoMa Craft, The Voyage 2.0 is now in stores.
September 5: Jorge Nicholls. Jorge rolls cigars in Clermont, Florida, and sells them online through his website. The brand is quite popular on social media but truth be said, we never smoked one of his creations so we can’t judge.
September 6: Tony Bellatto. The man behind La Barba cigars, and the partner of Robert Caldwell in Lost & Found Cigars. La Barba is a small boutique brand made at Tabacalera Ventura in the Dominican Republic.
September 8: Willis Cabreras. Willis has been rolling cigars in his factory in the Dominican Republic for many years. And he has a loyal group of customers buying his cigars in the United States.
September 10: Kerr Viajante. Viajante means the traveler. And Kerr traveled for work. In his spare time, he visited cigar lounges where he earned the Viajante nickname. But as a person, he traveled from being a cigar enthusiast to a vlogger. Every week, Viajante broadcasts a new Stogie Roads episode on social media. And from that, he started Stogie Roads Cigars.
September 12: Abe Flores. One of the rising stars in the cigar industry is creating an empire from Tamboril. A decade ago, nobody knew about PDR and Flores y Rodriguez. Now it’s a household name for many cigar smokers around the world. PDR has a strong foothold in both Europe and the USA.
September 12: Raquel Quesada. The second daughter of Manolo Quesada who followed in his footsteps. Raquel is working in the family business, maintaining the Quesada legacy.
September 14: Mitchell Orchant. A well-known name in the world of the Habanos. Orchant is the managing director of C.Gars Ltd. And he tied his name to the Orchant Seleccion, where he handpicks certain boxes from Cuba to be sold with his seal of approval. Each year, New World cigars are created under the Orchant Seleccion as well, exclusively for C.Gars Ltd.
September 16: Jaime Garcia. Pepito. The son of the legend Jose “Don Pepin” Garcia. Together with his father and his sister Janny, Jaime created one of the world’s most respected cigar factories, brands, and the Garcia family is also a well-known tobacco grower.
September 22: Glen Case. The owner and founder of Kristoff Cigars. Usually we can congratulate Glen in person at the Intertabac, Trade show, but since the show moved back a week, it will be a belated happy birthday
September 23: Hakon Aanonsen. The owner of Viking Cigars from Norway. Made by Ernesto Perez Carrillo at Tabacalera La Alianza. All of the four blends feature pewter rings with ancient Nordic themes.
September 30: David Lafferty. The Vice President of sales for Dunbarton Tobacco & Trust. That means that David is the guy to fix everything after Steve goes on one of his epic rants on social media 😉 Lafferty has been in the industry since 2007. First with Drew Estate and then with Nat Sherman before teaming up with Dunbarton Tobacco & Trust.
September 30: Reinhard Pohorec. The host of the Light ‘em Up Lounge virtual herbs. But also the man behind the Light em Up Go digital platform and one of the founders of Cigar Rights of the World.