Micallef Cigars celebrates strong women, re-releasing the Migdalia Special Edition for the second year on March 8th, International Women’s Day. The cigar is named for Migdalia Sanchez, who crafted the blend. Migdalia is the matriarch of the Gomez- Sanchez family; sons Edel and Joel are the master blenders behind Micallef’s Legacy line.
Last year, Micallef Cigars sold out of the 5×40 limited production cigar during its first release last year. While the vitola, a Londres, is the first of its size for Micallef, it is exploring additional offerings in this size.
Al Micallef says, “I am lucky to know many incredible women. True leaders. Some work with me; others are my friends, sisters, and daughters. They bring passion, insight, and resolve to everything they do. I always know I’m better off when there is a woman on my team. The Migdalia Special Edition is our way to say thank you, and we salute you.”
Amanda Micallef, V.P. of Marketing, adds, “The Migdalia S.E.’s release is an important reminder to celebrate the women in all our lives and those in the cigar industry. Migdalia brings her unique brand of magic to the Micallef Cigars factory in Estelí. We all know women like this, the women who make our world turn. Let’s take a moment to spotlight their contributions.”
The Migdalia Special Editions’ release on International Women’s Day spotlights the profound impact of women across all industries and walks of life, including the cigar business.
Migdalia Sanchez began her studies at the School of Tobacconists in Havana. Migdalia graduated a year later and started work at the Partagas factory. There she quickly stood out as one of the best Cuban cigar rollers, later acquiring growing and manufacturing knowledge.
Migdalia rose to prominence as one of the best cigar rollers in the industry and began representing Cuba in international expositions. Leaving Cuba in 1998 to join her family in Mexico, she continues her work in the cigar business. Today, she splits her time between Miami and Estelí, where she works with sons Edel and Joel Gomez-Sanchez to craft Micallef’s Legacy line at the Micallef Cigars S.A. Factory.
“Based on feedback from the Micallef Ambassadors, we decided to release the Migdalia Special Edition as a limited release every International Women’s Day. Last year, we significantly increased production at our factory in Estelí to support growing demand. Doing so allows us to operate more efficiently. In a year when prices are increasing on everything from food, to gas and cigars. We are pleased to bring you this special cigar at 17% less,” Micallef Cigars’ president, Dan Thompson, adds.
The release marks a continuation of Micallef Cigars’ efforts to grow new cigar consumers, focusing on women in cigars as leaders, artisans, and consumers. The company hosts cigar events designed to welcome new and less experienced cigar smokers into the fold.
Last year, Micallef published “A Cigar Journal,” now in its second printing. The journal is a one-stop-shop for ‘Cigar 101’ information every new smoker wants to ask. Topics range from “Don’t Smoke on an Empty Stomach” to “Cigar Lounge Etiquette.” Everyone in the cigar community once asked, “How to Cut & Light” and quickly graduated to “Cigar Notes & Pairings.” All while trying to conquer the jargon “Cigar Sizes and Shapes” and recall the geography of “Cigar Tobacco Growing Regions. The journal also features a Sisters of the Leaf section, highlighting women-owned or run shops.
The Migdalia Cigars Special Edition will be available in stores March 8 and will retail for $10 per stick, $120 for a box of 12.
Wrapper: San Andrés Habano
Filler: Nicaragua & Dominican Republic
The Migdalia Special Edition Londres has notes of white pepper, leather, and a smooth sweetness. This well-balanced cigar is perfect for the person beginning their journey into cigars or the more experienced cigar smoker.