My passion for fine cigars began at an early age in my native Cuba. I was born into a family of chemists, doctors, and lawyers, but distinctly remember cigars always being a part of my family’s life. My mother, a chemical engineer, picked tobacco in the fields as a part time job, while my dad worked its harvest in the famous Pinar Del Rio region of Cuba. Today, several of my cousins still work in the Cuban cigar industry as master rollers in the Cohiba and Partagas factories.
Following the collapse of the Soviet Union, mishaps which involved being stuck in the middle of the ocean, and being rescued and held captive by the U.S. Coastguard at Guantanamo Bay, my family settled in Las Vegas, NV, where casinos and cigars were a match made in heaven. Again, cigars were always around me and I knew one day I would own my own company. That day came in January of 2013. The opportunity to manufacture my own brand came up and I didn’t think twice. I put my music career on hold and joined my family in Miami, FL to begin production of the Don Lopez line.
The most frequent question I get asked is about the name. Traditionally, the name “Don” is always followed by a first name – Don Juan, Don Julio, and so on. Yet, I’ve never been a follower of tradition and Don Yunior just didn’t sound right. It was during my studies at the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto, Canada, where friends began calling me “The Don.” Eventually, that name turned into Don Lopez and everything just fell into place.
As a classically trained musician, I know first hand the importance of balance, consistency, and work ethic. In addition, persistence and perfectionism have played a big role in my success as a musician and entrepreneur, and can only imagine my cigar portfolio becoming one of the most sought after in the world. If you have yet to try our cigars I welcome you to have a taste and email/call me personally to give your thoughts. Regardless of my performing, recording, and travel schedule, I’m always available to talk about cigars and look forward to meeting the customers who call my cigars their favorite smokes.