Just like last week, there are some more cigars getting ready to hit the market, and some already here.
Most people think of strong cigars when they think of Joya de Nicaragua. That has not always been the case. For many years, the factory produced many medium to mild cigars, then it came out with the Antano, which blew many smokers socks off. It was a powerful ligero cigar and JdN became known for that. The Dark Corojo was an even stronger cigar, but now the company is going back to its roots with a cigar to be debuted at the trade show. It is Joya Red. Developed by Juan Ignacio Martinez, who last year became the president of the company (while his father Dr. Alejandro Martinez Cuenca remains its chairman), the new blend is described as a vibrant smoke to be enjoyed anytime. Martinez was quoted in Cigar Insider as saying he wanted to change the misconception that anything that comes out of the JdN factory is strong. Joya Red, he said, shows that Nicaraguan cigars made with Nicaraguan tobacco do not need to be intimidating.
Joya Red uses tobaccos from lower primings. Instead of the customary ligero, Red uses viso (the next priming down) and a thinner Habana wrapper. The binder and fillers come from Condega, Jalapa and Esteli. Red will be in a 20 count box in four sizes – Short Churchill at 4.75” x 48, Robusto at 5” x 50, 6” x 52 Toro and a Canonazo at 5.5” x 54. Prices will be between $5.75 to $8. They will be debuted at the trade show and available shortly thereafter
General Cigar is not waiting for the trade show and is launching 1907 by Dunhill. The name comes from the year Dunhill opened the first shop in London. It is the first addition to the Dunhill line since Signed Range came out in 2001. It also will include for the first time a box-pressed Toro. According to the company’s press release:
1907 celebrates the Dunhill brand’s time-honored tradition of tobacco mastery, while incorporating elements that speak to the modern cigar smoker’s passion points: a fuller taste profile, accessible pricing and classic sizing.
The 1907 uses a Honduran Olancho wrapper over a Dominican Olor binder with Brazilian Mata Fina and Dominican ligeros in the filler. The 1907 will come in an 18-count box in four sizes, Rothschild measuring 4.5” x 48, Robusto at 5” x 52, a Churchill at 7” x 49 and the box-pressed Toro at 6” x 54. MSRP Prices will range from $8.25 to $9.25 each. Of course, we’re a bit lower.