The Premium Cigar Association (formerly the International Premium Cigar and Pipe Retailers) annual trade show was held last week, and some exciting new arrivals in the cigar world have been announced. We take a look at what we can expect to see hitting our humidors in the coming year!
JFR Lunatic Loco
A new venture from Aganorsa Leaf with the JFR collection, the JFR Lunatic Loco is an extension of their JFR Lunatic range. Debuting in July, the JFR Lunatic Loco are all perfectos, coming in three short and stout sizes. Made only using tobacco from their Aganorsa plantations in Nicaragua, Lunatic Loco cigars feature a dark and oily shade-grown Corojo wrapper. The Loco comprises of El Loquito (4 ¾ with a 60 ring gauge), El Loco (4, ¾ with a 70 ring gauge) and El Gran Loco (5 ½ with an 80 ring gauge), making these incredibly fat cigars. The cigars will be available in boxes of ten.
H. Upmann 175 Anniversary Limited Edition
Celebrating the brand’s 175 year anniversary, A.J Fernandez have created a commemorative H. Upmann 175 Anniversary Limited Edition cigar. Made entirely from Nicaraguan tobacco from the Fernandez farms, the cigar is also rolled in Nicaragua. Measuring 7 inches with a 50 ring gauge, this is certainly a cigar that lives up to the celebrations!
Días de Gloria
Días de Gloria, translating to ‘Days of Glory’ is the latest release from A.J. Fernandez Cigar Company. The cigars will be available in four sizes Short Churchill (6 ½ with a 48 ring gauge), Robusto (5 ½ with a 52 ring gauge), Toro (6 with a 56 ring gauge) and Gordo (6 with a 58 ring gauge). Each cigar is made using tobacco from four of Fernandez’s Nicaraguan farms.
Alec Bradley Gatekeeper
A collaboration between Ernesto Perez-Carrillo and the Rubin brothers has seen the creation of a cigar collection known as the Alec Bradley Gatekeeper. Produced at the Perez-Carrillo factory in the Dominican Republic, using a mix of tobacco from Ecuador, Nicaragua and the Dominican Republic. The cigars will be available in four sizes: Corona (5 1/8 with a 42 ring gauge), Robusto (5 with a 50 ring gauge), Toro (6 with a 52 ring gauge) and Gordo (6 with a 60 ring gauge).
Arturo Fuente are set to release three sizes into their Fuente Fuente OpusX Angel’s Share range – the Reserva D’Chateau, PerecXionX and Robusto. A little milder than other cigars in the OpusX range, the Angel’s Share cigars make use of older wrappers that are made using leaves from the middle of the tobacco plant, which are typically less strong than those taken from the top of the plant. The cigars are presented in a special red tin.
Undercrown Shade Suprema
An upcoming release for Drew Estate is the Undercrown Shade Suprema, a 6 inch Perfecto cigar with a 54 ring gauge. Comprising of an Ecuador Connecticut wrapper, Ecuador Sumatra binder and a mixture of Dominican, Criollo and Nicaraguan filler tobaccos, the cigar is similar to the others in the Undercrow shade line.
La Historia and Encore
Ernesto Perez-Carrillo is releasing two new size variations of some of the highest-rated blends in his range. The Encore was voted 2018 cigar of the year by Cigar Aficionado, and is being produced as a 6 ½ inch box-pressed double figurado with a 56 ring gauge. Likewise, La Historia, the second-best cigar of 2014, will also be produced in this same size format. They will be presented together in a commemorative box.
The most expensive cigar on display at this year’s Trade Show was the Cohiba Spectre, which is set to retail for $90 per cigar. The cigar actually first appeared at last year’s event, but it made a reappearance in 2019, with a new, sleek packaging. The cigar is made from Nicaraguan tobacco, with a bit of Brazilian Mata Fina mixed into the filler. The Nicaraguan filler leaf has also been finished in a sherry cask for extra flavour. The cigar measures 6 inches with a 49 ring gauge.
Gurkha Nicaragua Series
Made at the Aganorsa Leaf factory, the Gurkha Nicaragua Series has been made using all-Nicaraguan blend tobaccos – as the name suggests. It is available in four sizes: Robusto (5 with a 52 ring gauge), Toro (6 with a 54 ring gauge), Belicoso (6 1/8 with a 52 ring gauge) and Magnum (6 with a 60 ring gauge).
A new release from My Father Cigars, La Promesa, meaning ‘the promise’, refers to the promise José Garcia made to honour his family’s tobacco heritage when leaving Cuba. Created using tobacco grown on the Garcia family farms, including a Nicaraguan filler and Ecuadoran wrapper. The cigars will be available in 5 sizes: Robusto Grande (5 1/2 with a 54 ring gauge), Toro (6 with a 52 ring gauge), Lancero (7 1/2 with a 38 ring gauge), Petite (4 1/2 with a 50 ring gauge) and Corona Gorda (5 1/2 with a 48 ring gauge).
Rocky Patel’s latest release is to be the LB1 – the code name it was referred to as in the factory, which has since become it’s official release name! These cigars are a blend of Nicaraguan and Honduran tobacco, held together with an Ecuador Habano wrapper. The LB1 will be available in five sizes: Corona (6 with a 44 ring gauge), Robusto (5 ½ with a 50 ring gauge), Toro (6 ½ with a 52 ring gauge), Churchill Shaggy Foot (7 with a 48 ring gauge) and Sixty (6 with a 60 ring gauge).
La Flor Dominicana 25th Anniversary
Celebrating 25 years in the cigar industry, La Flor are releasing their limited edition La Flor Dominicana 25th Anniversary cigar. A Parejo cigar, measuring 7 inches with a 52 ring gauge, the cigar is made using Dominican Republic binder and filler tobacco, with a Corojo wrapper from Ecuador.
Which of these cigars are you most excited to try?