Cigarmaker A.J. Fernandez wants to pay homage to an idyllic time he believes were the glory days of Cuban tobacco-pre Castro Cuba. His upcoming brand, Dias De Gloria or ''days of glory,'' in Spanish is a nod to this romanticized period in Cuba's history before the Revolution, although the new cigar contains no Cuban tobacco. Rather, it's made up of aged tobacco from four of Fernandez's oldest farms in Nicaragua: Finca los Cedros, La Providencia 1, La Lilia and La Soledad. All four of these farms are located in Esteli.
''These are the four oldest farms I own,'' says Fernandez, ''and I've been setting aside tobacco from each farm and aging it for years for this blend. I want everyone to enjoy it like the glory days of old Cuba.''