Matilde Cigars

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. 


  • Founded by José Seijas in 2013
  • Named after Tabacalera La Matilde, a Dominican cigar factory and brand that operated from 1876 to 1910
  • Focuses on a small-batch approach, including a core lineup of only four cigars, steadily increasing from mild to full in body
  • Cigars blended by José Seijas, a famed master blender with over 40 years experience (first entered cigar industry in 1974)
  • Known for utilizing diverse selections of tobaccos from various countries in cigar blends
  • Originally produced cigars at the Seijas family's own Tabacalera la Matilde factory (La Romana, DR), but has since moved production to Jochy Blanco’s Tabacalera Palma (Tamboril, DR)





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