Hello everyone, today I bring you inside the factory of Don Lucas Cigars located in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic. After a long and bumpy bus ride on some paved but mostly potholed filled dirt roads, I finally arrived. As I exited the bus, I was greeted with great smiles and welcomed into the cigar rolling area as if I was family. I was pleasantly surprised to find the heart warming experience and became overwhelmed with joy. Once inside, I was amazed with the cigar rolling activity, and how the rollers were excited to see me. As I looked around the rollers seemed to be as interested in me as I was of them. My guide Raphael began to show us around and in an instant presented a tarantula spider as an extra bonus. I wished I would have filmed this experience but with my curiosity, I missed my opportunity (sorry folks). As the tour continued, I was able to actually touch some cigar leafs and was able to ask as many questions as I desired about the process. The Dominican’s are great are willing to share their culture with anyone who is interested. This was truly a dream come true for me.
Once the tour was finished, Raphael asked me what type of cigar I preferred and as all my viewers know, it was a maduro. Raphael retreated to the humidor and fetched one up, cut it, and presented me his lighter. I will not give my away my review of it but lets just say, I had a smile on my face. Raphael is an amazing man who loves cigars and presenting tours of them to cigar lovers. Raphael was quick to answer each and everyone of my questions. After a period of conversation, Raphael asked me to follow him to the humidor where my jaw almost fell off. As I viewed approximately 70,000.00 cigars in front of my eyes, I quickly whipped out my camera and began filming. The smells of the room was truly amazing and it felt like cigar heaven.
In reference to Raphael, he is truly one of the reasons why I love cigars so much. Why you ask? Because most of the folks that I have met in the the cigar community are happy giving people who are always smiling, willing to share what ever type of cigars they have. Raphael is truly one of these people! Before I left, I presented Raphael with the latest copy of Cigar Aficionado which gave him a smile from ear to ear. I was pleased to be able to give him something after the wonderful presentation and true friendship like attitude he had shared with me. I truly hope that one day our paths will cross again and we can share another fine cigar together.
So with a little history of my trip, I present a small video of my travels to the Don Lucas Cigar Factory. I will have a review of this cigar at a later date too.
UNTIL NEXT TIME