The Brand Rafael Gonzalez is believed to have been created by a Spanish aristocrat Marquez Rafael Gonzalez in 1928 for the British market, and was distributed by two British George Samuel and Frank Warwick in the UK. It was named La Flor de Marquez on launching. In 1936, the brand was acquired and registered as La Flor de Gonzalez by Rey del Mundo Cigar Company. In 1940, this brand appeared under the ownership of Rey del Mundo Company as "Flor de Rafael Gonzalez" in the Registry of Exporting Manufactures. In 1954, the name was changed to "florde Rafael Gonzalez Marquez". Ownership and the brand name remained unchanged until the time of the Revolution.
It is believed that production was temporarily discounted in the early 1960's. It was resurrected by the Rey Del Mundo Factory* (*now Briones Montoto (Romeo Y Julieta) Factory) in 1965 was a "sister brand" of El Rey Del Mundo. IN the 1960's and 1970's, like El Rey Del Mundo, Rafael Gonzalez cigars were regarded as a high-end brand. The brand was highly recommended by Zino Davidoff who in his 1967 book "Le Livre du Connoisseur de Cigare" ("The Connoisseur Book of the Cigar") opined that Rafael Gonzalez cigars ought to be an essential stock in any serious connoisseur's inventory, along with El Rey del Mundo.
*source "An Illustrated Encyclopaedia of Post-Revolution Havana Cigars" Author Min Ron NEE *July 2005