Press Release: Mombacho Cigars and Mo Maali of Patina Cigars, Casa de Montecristo-Chicago Partner to Create Exclusive Cigar Brand

GRANADA, NICARAGUA. - (5 July 2016). Mo Maali of Patina Cigars, and Mombacho Cigars, S.A., announced today that they have teamed up to create a new exclusive cigar brand named Patina.

Patina will be a luxury cigar brand utilizing the finest tobaccos and it will combine Mombacho’s unique blending style based on aroma, balance and persistency, and Casa De Montecristo’s deep knowledge of the taste of the high-end market, resulting in a multi-sensorial cigar experience.

“When we flew down to Nicaragua to meet with the factories we had an idea of what we were looking for, but not necessarily a specific factory in mind. After we met with Mombacho, it became clear early on that ours and Mombacho's visions and values were very similar. If you watch the Mombacho X film you hear Claudio discuss how Mombacho is a family, and that's real, I experienced it myself. We wanted more than a factory that could produce us a cigar, we wanted to be a part of a family, and that sums up the relationship between Patina and Mombacho.” said Mo Malii.

“We are honored to be chosen by Casa de Montecristo Chicago to produce their first brand Patina here at our home Casa Favilli in Granada, Nicaragua. We are excited about blending and working together in this project and we are thrilled to welcome them to the Mombacho Family!” said Claudio Sgroi, President and Master Blender of Mombacho Cigars.

Patina Cigars will be released at the end of July 2016 in a soft launch at Casa de Montecristo - Countryside, Casa de Montecristo - Forest Park and 8 to 8 Cigars.


Mombacho Cigars, S. A. was founded in 2006 to provide premium handmade cigars through memorable experiences in select markets around the world, including Canada, China, Europe and since 2014, the United States. Mombacho produces all of its products at its factory, Casa Favilli, in Granada, where over 30 members of the Mombacho Family work.


Mo is the Manager of Casa de Montecristo in Forest Park, IL and was the co-owner of the Sultans of Smoke blog and podcast. Additionally, for the last two years, Mo has worked with Mike and Sam Khalil of Casa de Montecristo to broaden his knowledge base of the cigar industry while developing his own brand.


Casa de Montecristo Cigar Lounge for the Chicago-Land area (Countryside, IL) was born from an idea: to create the finest cigar shop for the most discerning individuals; a place that combines craftsmanship and technology in a pioneering new way to blend tradition, passion and legacy. Frequently cited as one of the top 10 cigar stores and lounges in the United States, the family of stores also includes 8 to 8 Cigars (Villa Park, IL) and Casa de Puros (Forest Park IL). The company also has two online sites; and

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Comment by Ky70 on July 5, 2016 at 1:05pm

Mo and Sam.  Very cool.  I hope this really takes off for Mo.

Comment by Ky70 on July 5, 2016 at 1:18pm

*takes off for Mo/Sam

but I will give them a hard time for this photo (LOL)

Comment by Pops on July 5, 2016 at 2:13pm

Yep. That is what great success looks like.

The epitome of authentic mankind.

Need say any further would be out of place.


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