All Saints Cigars is a new company that includes a familiar face to premium cigar industry veterans. The ownership includes Martin Corboy, a successful restaurateur; Air Force Academy graduate and veteran Frank Layo; and Micky Pegg, who is making his return to the premium cigar industry after several years of building a successful career as a financial advisor.
Pegg has more 20 years of experience working in the premium cigar industry. He became interested in cigars while he was a college football player and intern on Capitol Hill and was frequently sent on errands to Georgetown Tobacco to buy cigars for Congressmen. Eventually, Pegg started working at Georgetown Tobacco, where he smoked up most of his paycheck trying as many cigars as he could. Later, Pegg served as Davidoff’s sales representative in the Mid-Atlantic states, managed sales at Felipe Gregorio and was national sales manager and vice president of sales at C.A.O. When the Ozgener family sold C.A.O. and General Cigar Co. moved its operation from Nashville to Richmond, Pegg left the industry, obtained his Masters degree in Organizational Leadership from the University of Pennsylvania and worked in finance. While officially out of the cigar business, Pegg maintained contact with the industry and often hosted informal cigar dinners and events. All the while, Corboy and Layo encouraged him to re-enter the industry.
“About two-and-a-half years ago we were sitting down talking and smoking cigars,” Pegg recalls. “And finally we decided that we would do this together. It was time. I decided if I’m going to work hard it should be for something I love. Besides, a tough day with a cigar is better than a great day doing anything else.”
The trio established All Saints Cigars in 2019. They chose for their logo the cross of Saint James, the patron saint of Nicaragua, the country where their company’s cigars are produced. They partnered exclusively with Rocky Patel and Amilcar Perez-Castro of the TAVICUSA factory to blend and make All Saints Cigars’ products.
“Rocky and I would always see each other on the road traveling the same events. We spent a lot of time together. You spend that much time on the road and traveling together and you form a bond. We work great together and now we’ve been working on our first blend for a long time now.”
All Saints debuted with the release of Solamente, a limited edition cigar that they released on Nov. 1—All Saints Day—and shipped beginning in early December. Solamente is made from an Ecuadorean Habano wrapper and Nicaraguan binder and filler tobaccos and is limited to just 500 20-count boxes and rolled in just one size: 5 x 58. “It is a well-balanced, medium-bodied smoke with flavors of rich cedar and leather,” Pegg explains.
All Saints Cigars’ first regular production cigar, Dedicacion, will start shipping to retailers on March 17—St. Patrick’s Day. Dedicacion is made from a San Andres Mexican Maduro wrapper and Nicaraguan binder and filler tobaccos. It will be packaged in 20-count boxes and will be available in four sizes, each named for a significant person in Pegg’s life: Berkey (5 1/2 x 50), Commandant (6 1/2 x 52), Huge (6 x 60) and Coach (7 x 48).
“Dedicacion is for every meaningful person in my life,” Pegg says. “From those working in the fincas to the families they support. And for the families in the States that support those guys that are on the road four or five days a week. It’s also for my mentors along the way, like David Berkebile, Walter Gorski, George Brightman and, of course, Cano Ozgener (the late founder of CAO). And for others who inspired me to follow my dream like my wife, Kimmy, along with Mike Condor, Jon Huber,and Pedro Wagner. All the people that have encouraged me and helped to get me to where I am now. It all feels to me very saintly.”
To order All Saints Cigars’ Solamente and Dedicacion, visit the company’s website at allsaintscigars.com.