Patel's passion for the best cigars began in Hollywood. As an attorney, he was offered a steady stream of Montecristos, Macanudos, and Fuentes by his premium cigar-loving clients, including Hackman and Schwarzenegger. It didn't take long for him to fall in love with the world of cigar smokers.
In the process, he found that this new hobby could combine with his entrepreneurial spirit and ignite a passion that would lead to some of the finest cigars online. The cigar industry’s boom in the 1990s was just beginning and he joined it on the production side, quickly making his way to the head of the class of newcomers that included cigar brands like Drew Estates and Alec Bradley. He began scouring the finest growing regions in Nicaragua, Honduras, and the DR in search of the best leaves he could find for his premium cigars.