Was born in San Juan y Martinez, Cuba on January 11, 1938. He was the ultimate rebellious child. After being sent home from Belen Jesuit High School in Havana, his mother opted to send him to Admiral Farragut Academy in St. Petersburg, FL. It was during this time that he built a very close relationship with the Oliva family, which would prove to be the most important relationship in his professional life.
When he returned from Korea, Angel Oliva invited him to go to Honduras to help process and cure the tobacco grown by Tino Argudin, an explorer whose mission was to find tobacco in other countries to replace the Cuban seed which had fallen under the embargo. Honduras and especially the Jamastran Valley were close to Angel Oliva’s heart because it was the only tobacco he had found to be close enough to the unavailable Cuban leaf.
It was in 1997 that Julio began to grow the famous Authentic Corojo seed again at a farm called Sta. Sta. Inez del Corojo, owned by a Mr. Diego Rodriguez
In 2015 Julio began his newest business venture with Aladino Cigars, which are rolled out of the Las Lomas Factory in the Jamastran Valley.
the EIROA farm is located in the JAMASTRAN VALLEY and yields only Grade a Tobacco.
FARM & FIELDS
The Eiroa family farm is one of the most technologically advanced tobacco farms in the world. Adhering to strict hygiene and environmental standards set by the Bayer Company, Julio and Christian Eiroa still roam the fields together to ensure they are delivering only premium tobacco, grown in the best of earthly conditions. The Eiroa Family farm is located in the Jamastran Valley, and yields only Grade A tobacco.
Each leaf was then filtered for color and consistency with the Eiroa brand to a total of 8,760 pounds and was then slow cured to perfection for 16 months before being rested for 36 months. The kick you feel in these cigars are from the Quinto Corte Medio Tiempo fillers that were grown in Lote 11 and the Fourth Priming Ligero tobacco from Lote 23. However, it is important to identify that the Wrappers are where the majority of the flavors are produced.
Special attention was paid to the aging of this tobacco especially since it is the first time in almost 100 years that Christian’s family has been confident enough in a cigar to use the Eiroa Family name as a brand.
The C.L.E. Cigar Factory is a landmark in Danli for originally being one of two theaters owned by Antonio Kafati, Christian Eiroa’s grandfather. The building was remodeled for the first time since the theater opened in 1975 and converted into the Aladino Cigar Factory where the Eiroa Cigars are made.
The manufacturing technique has been perfected by a small group of rollers where the tobacco is bunched in a way to guarantee perfect construction. This method, perfected by the Eiroa family assures the burn, construction and blend is exactly the same in every single cigar through every size. The manufacturing process is only the last step of a process that began five years prior to the very first cigar being rolled. The tobacco itself is truly the key ingredient because it was grown and fermented specifically for this blend in the Eiroa Cigars.
In 2007, after 6 years of changes and preparations, the Corojo farm, more commonly known as the C.L.E. and factory became certified by Bayer CropScience, the agricultural branch of the major pharmaceutical firm. The Bayer CropScience Certification was a natural transition for the Eiroa Family who always prided themselves in having extremely clean facilities and caring for not only their product and production, but also the people who produce it. “They began practicing better hygiene, having cleaner home environments, and more conscious of the output of waste”, notes Christian Eiroa. When the Eiroa family noticed the trends being taken home with their workers, they implemented site doctors available assist the workers’ health needs.
Bayer CropScience Certification stands to yield better output, utilizing less effects on the environment, and eliminating unhealthy additives.