Famed cigarmaker José Seijas first debuted his own Matilde brand in 2013, following his departure from Altadis USA in 2012 (where he oversaw the production of world-famous cigars such as Montecristo, H. Upmann, and Romeo y Julieta). Working with his two sons, Ricardo and Enrique, the family set out to find a historic name that paid tribute to their home of the Dominican Republic. This pursuit lead the Seijas' to La Matilde, a 19th century factory and cigar brand that operated from 1876 to 1910 (ending with the death of its owner, Simeon Mencia).
The first Matilde cigars were introduced in 2014, being a Dominican-based blend known as Renacer. In the years following, the company strategically expanded on an annual release basis, with the full portfolio eventually embracing a range of smoking profiles from mild to full-bodied.
Matilde cigars are known for building complexity from a wide range of multinational tobaccos, all the while maintaining attractive price points that far surpass their mass-market rivals.