The Cigar Traveler hosted by Myron Gooch Sr. Oscar Valladares at IPCPR 2017.
About Oscar Valladares Tobacco
Oscar Valladares Tobacco, is located in Danli, Honduras. It started operating on 2012, the Factory was founded by Oscar Valladares, Hector Valladares and Bayron Duarte, with experience in the tobacco industry; Oscar worked for more than 9 years with Rocky Patel and Bayron worked for more than 20 years for General Cigars and Oliva.
Oscar Valladares started in the cigar industry almost like a destiny turn, he worked for a travel agency taking Rocky Patel´s Groups to make tours to the Factory.
In a short time Rocky asked Oscar to be part of his team and for nine years he worked for him. During this time, Oscar met Bayron, who worked for General Cigars by that time and a long friendship began.
On 2011, Oscar starts with his own cigar shop in Danli. He had a couple of rollers making fresh cigars in the shop. By the end of 2011, Bayron tells Oscar that there´s an opportunity to buy a small Factory, in which they decide to invest, with the help of Oscar´s brother, Hector. The Factory started working with a couple of rollers in a small house in Downtown Danli under the name Oscar Valladares Tobacco & Co.
2012 was the first Brand made by Oscar Valladares Tobacco & Co. The box included a bonus cigar, to be smoked December 21st, the end of the era.This cigar was wrapped in a tobacco leaf, simulating an ancient mayan cigar, rustic and hand rolled. This unique feature lead to the idea of the Leaf by Oscar.
The first client of the Factory, Jim Robinson, asked Oscar Valladares Tobacco & Co., to make the house blend for his shop “Leaf and Bean” located in Pittsburg, but he wanted them wrapped in a tobacco leaf, just like the bonus Cigar of the 2012, and that´s how the Brand Leaf and Bean by Oscar was born. The first order of 5000 cigars was successfully sold out in a couple of weeks. After this, people around the United States were asking about this unusual cigar wrapped in a tobacco leaf. This cigar was distributed ony in the United Stares, later the Brand changes its name to Leaf by Oscar.
Afterwards, the Brand Rosalila was born, created by Bayron and Oscar, which was distributed only in Latin America and Europe.In Early 2014, the Factory moved to a bigger facility with 20 people in the production team. At that time, Leaf by Oscar and Rosalila were selling well in Germany, Denmark, Saint Marteen and Venezuela.In january 2016, the factory moved to former Oliva Factory, a 25000 square feet facility, with more than one hundred employees between production and administration.
Today, you can find Oscar Valladares Tobacco cigars in more tan 1000 stores in the US, and also in Germany, Denmark, Sweden, Holland, Belgium, Slovenia, St. Marteen, Aruba, Venezuela among others.”Leaf by Oscar” has being rated by specialized magazines like Cigar Journal and Cigar Snob with over 90% since 2014 up to date. For more information, visit http://www.oscartobacco.com/