Not the flashiest cigar location from the outside however El Titan de Bronze is absolutely the one spot any very serious cigar smoker should visit while in Miami. Located in the heart of Calle Ocho it is much more a Fabrica than a cigar store. Although their Titan Grand Reserve Maduro and Sun Grown Habano cigars are very good and an absolute bargain for their flavors and quality.

On the Saturday I was there the owner Sandy Cobas took the time to visit with my Wife and me for about an hour. Sandy is wonderful to speak with and so passionate about the cigar industry especially the Miami cigar industry. During the hour we had the privilege to watch one of the world’s best torcedores Maria Sierra roll the new La Palina Goldie series vitolas. Before El Titan Maria was one of the first female torcedores at Cuba’s prestigious El Laguito Fabrica. Sandy then introduced us to Ernie Padilla owner of Padilla Cigars. Ernie was great to speak cigars with and his fantastic Miami 8&11 series are rolled at El Titan.

We happily walked out of El Titan de Bronze with a mixture of a dozen of their Grand Reserves but more importantly the memory of Sandy, Maria and Ernie’s genuine friendliness will last a lifetime in the mind of this cigar lover. Even though all of the La Palina Goldie’s are rolled there they don’t sell them so we walked a few blocks to Little Havana Cigar Factory and purchased a couple and happily smoked them in tribute to Maria Sierra since we knew her little hands rolled them. I am looking very forward to coming back to El Titan when I am back in Miami next year!

Kenny N.