Tabacalera Falto, Inc. and its brands La Garita Cigar Co. and Falto Cigars began its operations more than nineteen years ago (1995), while Luis J. Falto was studying at the George Washington University in Washington, DC. It all started when he bought and sold cigars to many different persons, including some restaurants and other establishments. All the while, he was and still is an avid consumer and passionate of what true cigar smokers call: “The Leaf.” During that time, Luis came to the conclusion that he had tasted so many different cigars that he could make one according to his own personal taste.
After visiting a number of factories, he met with Manuel J. Inoa, the Cigar Production Coordinator for La Aurora, S.A. (makers of La Aurora and León Jimenes cigars). During that meeting, the group from La Aurora, accepted his ideas with much enthusiasm and most importantly his views of what a cigar bearing his family name should been.
Luis Juan Falto is a young entrepreneur from the city of Mayagüez, Puerto Rico and architect of La Garita Cigar Co. & Falto Cigars. A cigar smoker for more than two decades and connoisseur of everything concerning the culture of tobacco, Falto’s products are an exclusive line of premium boutique cigars powered by his experience and knowledge.
This cigar has a seamless and oily brown wrapper – quite gorgeous. It is beautifully shaped and has a nice, sweet aroma. Although there are some noticeable veins, the overall appearance is still very nice. Getting into the smoke, the Ballibo started off with a little spice and a bit of a cedar taste. The draw was effortless and smooth, with beautiful billowing smoke after each draw.
From beginning to end, it was a very consistent cigar – an overall mild-medium body but very rich flavors that build in complexity and intensity as the smoke goes on. In summary, the Ballibo is easy-going, well-made and really enjoyable to smoke.
Myron Gooch Sr.
Time Smoked: 1Hour 35 Minutes
Binder: Dominican Republic.
Filler: Nicaragua / Dominican Republic.
Size: 5 3/4 x 42.