Two “What’s New” articles in less than a week…might be some kind of record! Let’s jump in…
BLACK CROSS by Esteban Carreras
The long wait is over for the Black Cross, first mentioned at the 2014 IPCPR show…
The Black Cross is based on the story of Esteban Carreras, who was a legendary freedom fighter who helped people get out of Castro-controlled Cuba. One person would draw a straight line in charcoal. If a like-minded person used charcoal to cross that line, creating a black cross, they could be sure they were in the company of friends. (Info from Cigar-Coop)
MEDEROS MADURO by Cubanacan
Cubanacan re-branded and re-released the Mederos line this year at the IPCPR.
ESCURIO by Davidoff
It’s not every year that Davidoff comes out with a new blend, but this year we’ve been blessed with two…first, the new Winston Churchill, and now, the Escurio.
The Escurio is inspired by a night in Rio and marks the first time Davidoff has used Brazilian tobacco. Following the lead of the Davidoff Nicaragua, this is the second time a black band has been used with the Davidoff logo. It uses Cubra and Mata Fina Brazilian leaf, as well as Dominican San Vicente, Piloto and Olor in the filler, a Brazilian Cubra binder and an Ecuadorian Habano wrapper. Three sizes were released at this time.
SOAP BOX “SHIFT” by Dissident
Dissident has declared the Soap Box line closed with the new SHIFT vitola.
IMPERIA by Mike Bellody
Mike Bellody’s new MLB Cigar Ventures has released its first blend: Imperia.
We recently picked up several products from the Villiger premium cigar lines.
A couple familiar names you’ll see on our shelves are Colorado and Talanga. One that you may not have seen before is the Selecto. It uses three types of Nicaraguan fillers (Esteli Corojo, Ometepe Habano, and Condega Habano), a Nicaraguan Jalapa Habano binder, and a Talanga Connecticut wrapper leaf. This is a smooth, creamy medium-bodied smoke with plenty of flavor. We also brought in the Cuellas Connecticut Kreme, pictured above.
We also brought in the Villiger Exports, a great dry-cured smoke that is perfect for a quick smoke and they are only $1.99 each.
CENTURION H-2K-CT by My Father Cigars
It’s always interesting to see what My Father’s new releases will look like. This year brings us a variation on the Centurion line.
The H-2K-CT uses Nicaraguan fillers and binder, along with a hybrid sungrown U.S. Connecticut wrapper. The “part number” of the name of the cigar refers to this being a “hybrid” Cuban seed varietal grown in “Connecticut” and I’m guessing the 2K is a 2000-year designation. It’s a very tasty medium-plus bodied stick that only has two vitolas at the moment, but it is a regular production item.
VEROCU by Tatuaje
The Tatuaje Havana VI (Red Label) isn’t exactly “new” and neither is the Verocu version of it, but they have finally decided to go wide on the releases.
Previous Verocu lines were “amped up” versions of the Havana VI and were available in regional limited editions and the famous red tubos. A few years back, the Verocu #5 became a regular release item. Now #s 1-4 join the #5 on our shelves and they should be here to stay.
That’s it for this week and that gets us pretty much caught up with all the recent new releases. Be on the lookout, though, as we have the Padron Dámaso, Tatuaje TAA 2015, and several other highly-anticipated releases expected to hit the shelves in the next couple months.