ONE 13 represents a new boutique cigar company based in San Antonio, Texas founded by two friends, Steven Dru and Joe Torres. The company will be launching two new blends, the ONE 13 Natural “Prelude” and the ONE 13 Maduro “Prelude”.
The name of the company is derived from the fact that both Dru and Torres share the same birthday – January 13th. In a press release issued by the company the name is symbolic because, “ONE 13 represents a new life, not only the birth date they both
happen to share January 13th, but the birth of this new chapter in their lives.”
The company’s first cigar the ONE 13 Natural “Prelude” will be launched on November 22nd at Club Humidor, located in the company’s hometown of San Antonio. The ONE 13 Maduro “Prelude” will be launched in January 2014.
Dru currently works as a Director of Food and Beverage for a leading hotel chain. He also has been a tobacco enthusiast for 16 years and has developed a respect for the tobacco industry. He is leveraging his knowledge in the food and beverage industry and and applying it to the art of cigar making.
Torres is also a long-time cigar enthusiast. He started experimenting with blending back in 2013. He currently is a CRT (Certified Retail Tobacconist by Tobacconist University) and is on his way to becoming a CMT (Certified Master Tobacconist by Tobacconist University).
At a glance, let’s take a closer look at the ONE 13 Natural “Prelude” and the ONE 13 Maduro “Prelude”.
ONE 13 Natural “Prelude”
The company describes this cigar as having notes of cocoa and chocolate throughout the smoke, enhancing into a medium quality cigar with a light, fresh finish.
The Natural features an oily, light brown Ecuadorian Sumatra wrapper.
Wrapper: Ecuadorian Sumatra
ONE 13 Maduro “Prelude”
The Maduro “Prelude” is a Nicaraguan puro. It features a Nicaraguan Habano Maduro wrapper. According to the company, “It￼ makes a rich chunky smoke that increases into a sweet and bold cigar with highlights of cinnamon and￼ pepper.”
Wrapper: Nicaraguan Habano Maduro
Both the ONE 13 Natural “Prelude” and the ONE 13 Maduro “Prelude” are launching in the same three sizes:
Robusto: 5 x 50
Toro: 6 x 52
Churchill: 7 x 50