Announced at the 2019 IPCPR Trade Show, the brand has undergone a complete refresh, including a new look and packaging design. The first phase will include the Epicure, Epicure Maduro and Guild blends in various sizes.
Handcrafted in Nicaragua by Don Pepin Garcia, this cigar uses some of the most exclusive and aged Cuban seed tobaccos grown in Nicaragua to recreate the traditional experience. It is crafted with a Habano Rosado wrapper, Jalapa and Esteli binders and all Nicaraguan filler.
Jas Sum Kral has announced an upcoming release from Sweden called Söta Kakor or "Sweet Cookies". The cigars will be released in the summer of 2020 and the price and total production numbers wont be unveiled until then.
Gurkha Cigars has begun shipping its special edition Nicaragua Series to exclusive retailers. This cigar was released at this year’s IPCPR and made available by invitation only to Gurkha’s top retailers to great reviews. The retailers were allowed to buy 5 boxes per size per store.
Villiger Cigars announces that the highly rated Villiger La Libertad will display an elegantly designed new cigar band, that prominently features the Villiger handmade premium cigar logo. The Villiger La Libertad originally featured a band with only the name “La Libertad” displayed.
Drew Estate launches the national release of the Undercrown ShadyXX to Drew Diplomat Retailers starting today. This limited-edition cigar was created in partnership with Shady Records’ President Paul Rosenberg to celebrate their 20th Anniversary.
CAO Orellana is a limited-edition release handcrafted by the CAO artisans in Esteli, Nicaragua. It comes in one size, a 6” x 52 toro that will sell for a suggested retail price of $10.99 per cigar. CAO Orellana will be presented in rustic wooden boxes containing 20 cigars and will ship to retailers on October 1.
CHC Reserve XVIII Full Court Press features the original CHC Reserve XVIII blend in a 5 7/8" x 52 box-pressed vitola. The resulting smoking experience is a rich yet accessible medium bodied expression that exudes a multi-layered flavor profile with hallmark balance.
The J.C. Newman The American No. 2 is a pretty anticipated cigar and I felt it gave a good showing. Burn issues aside, I enjoyed it and would definitely smoke it again. The price point is fairly high, but can be expected with an all U.S.A. build. The smoking time was quite lengthy, so it does provide some value there.