Author: Patrick Lagreid

It’s once again time for Viaje to celebrate company founder Andre Farkas’ birthday, and the company is doing it with a new Collector’s Edition version of its Birthday Blend line. The Collector’s Edition designation, which has been used on a several of Viaje’s releases, designates a cigar as a one-and-done release, and indicates that there have been some changes made to the usual details of a cigar. In this case, the company has said that it has modified the blend and shape “ever so slightly to give it a special take on what has become an annual favorite.” While the…

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Some new cigars from La Aurora are beginning to arrive at stores, as the company recently shipped its new Puro Vintage, and today began shiping the Preferidos Hors d’Age 2022 LE. The La Aurora Preferidos Hors d’Age 2022 LE uses an Ecuadorian wrapper and binder, while the filler tobaccos come from the Dominican Republic, Colombia, and Nicaragua. According to the company, every leaf in the blend has been aged for at least 12 years, which gives the cigar “a harmonized beauty filled with spicy notes complemented by delicate flavors,” with the company noting that wood, cinnamon, nuts, citrus, and roasted…

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Some cigar cutters are shiny, some have a matte finish, and the latest offering from Scrim by HutcH Studio glitters. Kirinite is an acrylic that is notable for being both durable and workable, resisting both chipping and cracking when being shaped and used. “I have used Kirinite high end acrylic for six years and this is the brightest yet,” Rick Hutchings told halfwheel. “Cosmic Glitter Kirinite is not only durable but beautiful to boot,” he added. The Kirinite Cosmic Glitter Cutter is offered in five colors: Purple Haze, Racey Red, Guilded Gold, Celestial Silver and Midnight Blue. Each color is…

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At the end of 2019, AGANORSA Leaf began teasing a new cigar in December 2019 before announcing that it would debut at the TPE 2020 trade show the following month. That cigar, named Supreme Leaf, would then begin heading to stores in early March. It’s a cigar with a bold name—Supreme Leaf—but one the company stood by proudly. “We believe our leaf is our strength and so we wanted the presentation clearly to reflect that confidence in the quality of our cigars,” said Terence Reilly, vp of sales and marketing, via a press release in December 2019. “The packaging has…

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The Tatuaje TAA 2023, the latest exclusive for the Tobacconists’ Association of America, will soon be on store shelves, at Pete Johnson of Tatuaje told halfwheel that the cigars will begin shippig this week. The cigar is a a 6 3/8 x 54 toro that uses a Connecticut broadleaf  wrapper, a Nicaraguan double binder, and fillers from Nicaragua. Pricing is set at $15 per cigar and $300 per box of 20 cigars, with production limited to 2,500 boxes of 20 cigars for a total 50,000 cigars, which are produced by at the My Father Cigars S.A. factory in Estelí, Nicaragua. Tatuaje…

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The newest sizes in Black Star Line Cigars’ Lalibela and Dark War Witch lines are on their way to stores. The Lalibela line, which uses a Mexican San Andrés wrapper over a Nicaraguan binder and filler, is getting a 7 1/2 x 40 lancero priced at $14, as well as a 5 x 50 robusto priced at $12, both of which are limited editions. There are 3,000 lanceros being released, split between 75 boxes of 20 cigars and 75 bundles of 20 cigars. The robusto is even more limited, with just 2,000 cigars produced, split between 50 boxes of 20…

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Eladio Diaz’s first regular prodution line, called Before & After, is on its way to stores today after making its debut at the 2024 PCA Convention & Trade Show last month. Before & After has a blend that features an Ecuadorian corojo wrapper, a Dominincan habano 2000 binder, and an all-Dominican filler that contains habano 2000, piloto cubano, habano 92 and broadleaf. A press release called the profile a combination of creaminess and sweetness with slight amounts of spice and wood in a medium to full-bodied smoke. The line is produced at Diaz’s factory, Tabacalera Diaz Cabrera, in the Dominican…

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There has been no shortage of tributes to New York City over the years, from songs to books to movies and any number of other artistic works. There have also been a handful of cigars that pay tribute to the city, and in April 2023, Amendola Cigars released its own tribute, the NYC Series. For the release, Amendola Cigars created two blends: the Bat and the Blade, which are named for weapons used in the famous Broadway musical, West Side Story. Both cigars are 6 x 52 torpedoes, both are made at Martinez Cigars in Manhattan, and both are priced…

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Domain Cigars, a new company founded by Esteban Disla and Daniel Lance, has begun shipping its two debut lines, Neutron and Negentropy. Neutron is described as a medium-intensity blend that uses a Mexican San Andrés wrapper, a dual binder of Nicaraguan tobacco, and fillers from Nicaragua’s Condega and Pueblo Nuevo regions. Negentropy uses an Ecuadorian habano wrapper, a double binder of Nicaraguan tobacco, and filler from Nicaragua’s Condega region. The company says that this blend is “fused with high energy, that culminates in a clean finish while delivering impactful intensity.” The name of the line references reverse entropy, or the…

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The first boxes of Kristoff’s new Twentieth Anniversary line and the cigar it released as an exclusive to retailers attending the 2024 PCA Convention & Trade Show have begun arriving at stores. The line celebrates the company’s first two decades in business and has a blend that features a Brazilian arapiraca wrapper atop an Indonesian binder and fillers from Nicaragua and Pennsylvania. It is being offered in four sizes, which will come with price tags between $13 and $15 per cigar: Kristoff Twentieth Anniversary Robusto (5 x 50) Kristoff Twentieth Anniversary Toro (6 1/2 x 54) Kristoff Twentieth Anniversary Gordo…

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