SISTERS OF THE LEAF
THE UNTOLD STORY OF WOMEN
IN THE CIGAR INDUSTRY
NOT A BOYS CLUB
Often associated with male-centric celebrations and the domain of gentlemen’s clubs it would be easy to assume cigars are made by men for men.
This couldn’t be further from the truth. Women are an integral part of the cigar industry and have been since it’s inception.
Micallef Cigars honors the matriarch of the Gomez-Sanchez family with the Migdalia blend.
The Gomez-Sanchez family are the master blenders behind Micallef Cigars' Legacy portfolio and responsible for all cigars from Micallef's factory in Esteli, Nicaragua.
The Migdalia cigar, blended by Migdalia Sanchez, is among the brand's most popular blends.
Migdalia Sanchez, the daughter-in-law of Mr. Pedro F. Gómez, was born in 1947 in Guantanamo, Cuba. At 16, she began her studies at the School of Tobacconists in Havana. At 17, Migdalia graduated as a tobacconist and began to work at the Partagas factory, where she quickly stood out as one of the best cigar rollers. There she also acquired knowledge of the industry in manufacturing and planting tobacco.
Migdalia rose to prominence as one of the best cigar rollers in the industry and began representing Cuba in international expositions.
Her travels took her worldwide to showcase her heritage and talents, including visits to Spain, Chile, Peru, and Sweden.
Migdalia spent more than 25 years working as an artisan in Cuba until she left in 1998 to join Pedro F. Gómez and her oldest son, Joel Gómez, in Mexico to work in the family cigar factory. Today, she splits her time between Miami, Florida, and Esteli, Nicaragua. She shares her vast knowledge and experience alongside sons Edel and Joel, crafting handmade cigars for Micallef in the style and flavors of traditional Cuban cigars.
On March 8, 2021, International Women's Day, Micallef Cigars released the Migdalia Special Edition in Celebration of Strong Women.
The cigar is to be enjoyed by both men and women while spotlighting women's essential contributions across all industries and walks of life.
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Winston Churchill quipped, “a riddle, wrapped in a mystery, inside an enigma,”... which pretty much summarized my initial perspective of cigars.
I never expected to write with enthusiasm about cigars. I didn’t imagine I would ever relish time spent smoking. Nor did I think there would be a day where many of my closest friends and favorite conversations would be with people in the cigar community.