It’s taken months for me to find a fitting tribute to an amazing individual that I was proud to call friend. Not because of his status (which never went to his head), but because of his motivational ability to keep me on track during tough times. Carl’s death left a void for many that simply can’t be filled.
I met Carl through a mutual friend/customer early 2017. This friend was sharing our cigars with Carl on a regular basis and Carl hit me up directly. During casual conversation I jokingly asked Carl if he would be interested in testing new blends before they went to market. He jumped at the opportunity and became our primary test subject. He was directly involved in the creation of Pepe’s Caramel Pecan, Calle Ocho and the Cubana pigtail cigars.
Sometimes in life things just don’t go as planned, and we were going through a rough patch with mediocre sales. Carl’s response ...“I’ve got your back”...and he meant it. Any time Carl did a live video feed on social media, he would smoke our cigars and encourage his fan base to check out the brand. As a direct result business began to flourish again. As a tribute to Carl, we’ve produced The “Cuban” cigar. I find it the only thing I can do to keep his memory alive and keep #ruizing. Hasta que nos encontremos de nuevo hermano - Mike
The Cuban is a cross-blend of the “Cubana” and “Calle Ocho” blends that Carl helped create. You won’t find the cigar at our retail partner shops or online..because it’s not for sale. If you were a fan or friend of Carl, let us know and we will be glad to send you one free (postage required). We do ask that if you use social media to make a post in honor of Carl with the #Ruizing hashtag. - Mike
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