World-renowned “Maestro Cantinero” and winner of the prestigious 50 Best Bars Icon Award 2023, Julio Cabrera, has made an exciting announcement. He is venturing into the cigar industry with the official launch of his new super-premium boutique cigar brand, Sacrificio Cigars. Produced by the distinguished Nicaraguan-based cigar maker, Oliva Cigar Co., Sacrificio Cigars is set to make a splash in the global market estimated to be worth $22.43 billion in 2023.
For Julio Cabrera, this marks his first foray into the cigar world. Inspired by his deep Cuban heritage, his love for hospitality culture, and his passion for fine cigars, Cabrera aims to create a brand that embodies the spirit of celebration and joy, perfect for any special occasion, whether it’s a gift, a vacation, or a round of golf.
The name Sacrificio, meaning “sacrifice” in Spanish, pays homage to Julio’s father’s legacy of relentless perseverance and innovation. The brand draws inspiration from Julio’s family bar, “Café El Sacrificio,” in Cuba. It embraces the rich cultural traditions of Cuba and introduces a new generation to the rituals and pleasures of smoking a fine cigar.
Speaking about his new venture, Cabrera explains, “Throughout my life, I have admired my father’s love for cigars, so my vision for Sacrificio Cigars became dedicated to honoring my family’s strong Cuban heritage and our rich cultural traditions. To ensure the highest quality, we’ve partnered with award-winning Oliva Cigar Co. to create a super-premium line of cigars made with the finest tobaccos and an exceptional, unique taste profile to elevate the smoking experience for beginners and connoisseurs alike.”
Oliva Cigar Co., based in Nicaragua, also has deep Cuban roots. As the second-largest grower of Cuban-seed tobacco, they have access to the highest-quality tobacco from around the world. This partnership ensures that Sacrificio Cigars will deliver exceptional blends, crafted with meticulous attention to detail.
Every blend in the official Sacrificio Cigar portfolio is manufactured at Tabacalera Oliva de Nicaragua S.A. in Esteli. The cigars boast a flavorful, complex, and well-balanced taste profile. Julio Cabrera personally hand-picked each blend, ensuring they can be enjoyed alongside suggested pairings of coffee, cocktails, and premium spirits.
Sacrificio Cigars offers a portfolio of four super-premium vitolas, each designed to cater to different preferences:
- 5″ x 50, Mild Bodied, Ecuadorian Connecticut wrapper
- Drink pairing recommendations: Cappuccino/Latte, Champagne, Classic Daiquiri
- 7″ x 38, Medium-Full bodied, Ecuadorian Habano Claro
- Drink pairing recommendations: Espresso, Aged Rum, Presidente Cocktail
- 6.5″ x 52, Medium-Full bodied, Ecuadorian Sumatra wrapper
- Drink pairing recommendations: Black Coffee, Tawny Port, Bobby Burns cocktail
El Caballo: Double Toro
- 6″ x 60, Medium-Full bodied, Ecuadorian Habano
- Drink pairing recommendations: Double espresso, Extra-aged Rum or Cognac, Old Fashioned
Excitement is building as Sacrificio Cigars prepares to make its debut at PCA 2023 in Las Vegas, from July 7-11. Following the event, these exquisite cigars will be available in key markets across the United States and the United Kingdom.
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