La Vieja Havana is one of those brands that refuse to die out despite the ups and downs of business cycles and weather-related disasters. Antonio Almanzar began making the original La Vieja Habana in New York City in the mid 1990s. The cigar boom was in full swing, leaving Central American tobacco growers overwhelmed by demand for their products. Almanzar, working for Drew Estate, could not acquire the basic raw materials to continue hand rolling these stellar cigars. Consequently, Drew Estate was left with no choice but to discontinue production.