One of the fist cigars that House Of Horvath made Internationally was the Selecion Privada. Joe Horvath Jr., with the help of his close friend Manuel Quesada (the original Cuban owner and maker of Fonseca and Casa Magna) created Selecion Privada in the 1980’s. During this time tobacco was being imported from Frank Llaneza (the original Cuban owner of Belinda, Punch, Hoyo de Monterrey, Flor del Caribe and Bances cigars) in the late 70s early 1980s.
During the cigar boom of the 1990’s, House of Horvath began gaining notoriety not only as a cigar manufacturer, but also as a cigar distributor of some of the world’s biggest premium cigars. Well known brands from the Dominican Republic such as La Aurora and smaller sized cigars such as those made by Agio became big selling items for House Of Horvath. In 1997 Leslie Albert retired from the company, which alongside Joe Jr., now included Joe Jr.’s daughter Cathy and her husband Colm O’Shea.
During this period, House Of Horvath’s business as both manufacturer and distributor was going strong. Their factory process utilized pre-Castro-era cigar machines for a process that Colm O’Shea refers to as “machine-assisted”. Machine assistance is a reference the factory workers as skilled professionals who have understood tobacco and its properties to effectively handle tobacco and operate cigar rolling machinery.
The House Of Horvath factory staff are both craftsmen and artisans, and their efforts have produced popular cigars such as Bances and Bandi among others.