Date: April 2019
Author: Inspector Z

Canteros brings Schuster to New Zealand. Well, not the company but the premium handmade cigars under the Schuster umbrella. That includes the brands which are owned by the German manufacturer and distributor as well as RoMa Craft. Schuster is the worldwide distributor for the Nicaraguan boutique brand.

Schuster Cigars

Schuster Cigars is one of the oldest remaining cigar manufactures, and one of the three that are still located in Bünde. Bünde was once the capital of the German tobacco industry with over a hundred manufacturers. You can learn more about that history during the Deutschen Cigarrentag.

The German manufacturer has a few brands made in Honduras, Nicaragua, and the Dominican Republic Maria Mancini, Casa de Torres, Iron Shirt, Canned Heat, Ibis, Hole 19 and Rodrigo de Jerez.

Ministry of Cigars Iron Shirt Cigars
Iron Shirt Cigars

RoMa Craft

RoMa Craft was born in 2010. Skip Martin, then a retailer from Galveston, Texas, started working with Mike Rosales from Costa Rican Imports to create a house blend for his shop. A shop that had been destroyed by hurricane Ike. Martin wanted that house blend so he could supply his customers with something via mail order.

The team could not get the desired blend in Costa Rica, so they ventured into Nicaragua. It was Esteban Disla, a well-known master blender and roller, who helped them out. He rolled 5000 cigars in his garage.

The cigars were such a success that a factory emerged from it. Nica Sueño (Nicaraguan dream) was created, and RoMa Craft has been growing since. It now is considered one of the best boutique brands in the world. They even have a line dedicated to the international markets, Wunderlust.

Ministry of Cigars Canteros brings Schuster Cigars to New Zealand

New Zealand

In an e-mail to us, Canteros owner Grant Ovenden confirmed that he will start importing a few brands. He mentioned Iron Shirt, Canned Heat, Ibis, Casa de Torres, and Maria Mancini specifically. it was also mentioned that RoMa Craft will be on the list too for a quick release in New Zealand.

As soon as Ovenden has made an order and the cigars are inbound, the story will be updated with the info on what cigars will make it to New Zealand.

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