Carlos Valdez Mosquera : Torcedor

Carlos Valdez Mosquera : Torcedor

Carlos was born on Havana Cuba in 1940. He started rolling hand made cigars in La Corona factory, Havana at the age of 14. Both his grandfather and father were also “torcedores” ( cigar rollers ). He became recognized as a master torcedor at an early age when it was seen that he was able to roll all the complex vitolas (sizes and shapes) with ease.

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Carlos was born on Havana Cuba in 1940. He started rolling hand made cigars in La Corona factory, Havana at the age of 14. Both his grandfather and father were also “torcedores” ( cigar rollers ). He became recognized as a master torcedor at an early age when it was seen that he was able to roll all the complex vitolas (sizes and shapes) with ease.

He has traveled extensively in Africa, South America, Asia and Europe on behalf of Habanos SA demonstrating his skills.

On retirement from the factories he continued his work at La casa de la Amistad a beautiful art deco villa in the heart of Nuevo Vedado in Havana. It was here that he perfected his own blends and vitolas. It was also here that Jeremy Casdagli met Carlos in the summer of 1997. By applying Carlos’s special blends to Jeremy’s chosen vitolas Bespoke Cigars was born.

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The whole production was initially very small – only 500 – 1,000 cigars a month destined for the London market. Own label cigars were made for some of the top establishments including The Rib Room at the Carlton Tower & The Capital Hotel. Cigars were also made especially for tennis professional Andre Medvedev as well as the Saudi Royal Family.

 

Two of the most popular vitolas that were developed together were the “Don Carlos” a double pyramide which was later shortened a little to become “The Super Belicoso” and the “flying Pig” – (renamed : “ Cotton Tail”).

The Carlos Blend:

Carlos had only the best “aged” tobacco from the Vuelta Abajo region of Cuba delivered to him – his blend always favoring the Seco Leaf enabling beautiful mild, aromatic but full bodied blends – a characteristic that remains with Bespoke Cigars to this day :

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The Flying Pig – Cotton Tail

It is said that this vitola heralds from the 1930’s a “Selection Suprema” created by H Upmann factory in Havana for Dunhill Ltd of London. – It was fondly named “Flying Pig” in the 1950s. This vitola, like many others, was discarded and largely forgotten after the 1959 Revolution in Cuba.

But in Havana around 2007 Hamlet, a torcedor from La Corona factory, was seen rolling these by one of Bespoke’s prominent Saudi clients who promptly created a mold.

We had the size re created, with Carlos’s blend, for clients in Saudi Arabia in 2009. In 2011 the cigar was introduced to the playboy club in London for a special opening party and was renamed “the Cotton Tail” in deference to Playboys iconic “Bunny” girls as well as bowing to the Casdagli family’s history with the cotton trade.