Leaf by Oscar: Connecticut, Maduro
It’s not only the number 2012 that is important for the cigar manufacturer Oscar Valladares – it’s also the original people of Honduras and Oscar’s love for his homeland that have taken the man to where is today: he is one of the most promising, most creative and most interesting personalities on the international cigar floor. Until 2011, Oscar worked for one of the very big power brokers of the cigar scene, Rocky Patel. “When I first visited Danlí 15 years ago, I didn’t even smoke cigars!” reveals Oscar, who at the time was chauffeuring visitors for Rocky all over Honduras. “But I immediately fell in love with the wonderful process of cigar manufacturing. I understood what kind of special moment it is to smoke a cigar, because so much individual work goes into it,” the Honduran remembers. He began thinking about how he could become a part of this process, and it didn’t take long for Rocky to recognize Oscar’s thirst for knowledge and his passion for cigars. At first, Rocky offered him a full-time job in quality control. A little later, Oscar even took over the cigar distribution as a self-employed entrepreneur for Rocky Patel Premium Cigars throughout South America. A short while later came the disillusionment. For various reasons, business didn’t go well and Oscar was left with a mountain of debt. But Oscar wouldn’t be Oscar, if he had let that get him down. What looked like the end was Oscar’s beginning.