Cardenas brings more than 55 years experience blending cigars.

By John B. Virata

Cristano “Santo” Cardenas a master cigar blender, has joined the Roberto P. Duran Premium Cigars as Master Blender. Cardenas brings more than 55 years experience blending cigars, starting in 1960 with H.Upmann at the Montecristo Factory in Havana, Cuba. He also served as head of production at the Rey Del Mundo Cigar Factory and head of production at the Partagas Factory. He has visited more than 30 countries representing Cuban made cigars and is considered by many as one of the most important cigar rollers and blenders to come out of Cuba.

“Santo Cardenas was one of my many influences when I started my career in tobacco, when he took me under his wing at the Partagas Factory,” said Roberto Pelayo Duran. “Santo is known the World over, and I am only honored to be working alongside one of my mentors. My goal with Roberto P. Duran Premium Cigars was to create the type of cigar that I enjoyed in Cuba. Having Santo on the team only ensures that our product will go beyond even my standards.”

Said Santo Cardenas: “After many years of working with tobacco, my craft is still my passion. I am happy to once again work alongside my old friend and student, Roberto. This new beginning with Roberto P. Duran Premium Cigars, gives me the opportunity to share my passion with a wider audience.”