On to day 3! As a reminder, these recaps are intended to be more of a highlight reel than a play-by-play. Not everything is included. Feel free to reach out with any questions though! email@example.com
Noxio Cigars & Flor y Nata
After having missed each other the previous day, I bumped into Joan of Noxio Cigars and Flor y Nata Cigars first thing in the morning. You might remember Joan from a recent CigarNoise Meet & Greet. He hooked me up with a Flor y Nata that I found to be quite good, and also did an awesome video for us here at CigarNoise. I very much enjoyed the cigar, and I told Joan the only complaint I had was that the band was tough to see on social media. He responded by showing me the new band design that will be coming out soon. He’s on top of it! Watch for a new and improved band on the Flor y Nata in the near future.
Altadis USA Premium Cigars
I’d been spending a lot of time with smaller up & coming manufacturers, so I decided to see what Altadis USA had coming up. The short answer is: lots of new Montecristo cigars. The first of these is the Politico. It includes Politico tobacco, which was difficult to grow because of a lack of resistance to blue mold. They’ve saved the seeds since the 1960s and successfully started growing it again in the 1990s. The packaging on this cigar is very attractive; it comes in a suitcase-like box.
Montecristo is also releasing a non-Cuban version of their iconic No. 2 cigar in a ceramic jar. Beyond the vitola, the jar brings an additional association to Cuba.
The Artisan Series is also joining the Montecristo lineup. This is an interesting concept: they are created by Montecristo’s Grupo de Maestros, a master group of eight cigar makers. They are rolled by one roller and bunched by one buncher. The artisans who had a hand in making them are shown right on the boxes.
Pedro Ventura, whose name you’ll see on the box above as a blender, was in their booth. We spoke for a few minutes, and he talked about how much he liked being part of the Grupo de Maestros and his love for cigar making after doing it for 20 years.
Cordoba and Morales Cigars
Cordoba and Morales Cigars recently did a spotlight here on CigarNoise. The family has Cuban roots, with a grandmother who owned a tobacco farm in the famed Vuelta Abajo region. If you’d like to get to know them a bit better, check out this video they shot for us!
They make several lines, the most eye-catching being the difficult-to-roll cigars you see below.
One of their most intriguing cigars is the Finca Santa Fe, a tribute to the old family farm that would now be 110 years old. It’s aged in oak rum barrels for over a year. They say, “we have created a cigar reminiscent of the golden age of Cuban cigars.”
Porto Real Cigars
Porto Real Cigars doesn’t have much of an internet presence yet. The second page of Google results for ‘Porto Real Cigars’ currently returns our interview with them at IPCPR! Porto Real won a Best in Show award for their booth as a Small Exhibitor. Here they are posing with our buddy Eduardo from Edolara Cigars.
Their cigars are at a lower price point than many others coming out right now. I smoked one while I was at the show, and found it to be a tasty smoke. I have more to review, and the guys at Porto Real were interested in getting more involved with CigarNoise. Look for more from them soon.
Avo Cigars already released their Syncro Fogata, their addition to the Syncro line that is meant to complement the Syncro Nicaragua. Their booth was quite something though, so I want to include the booth porn.
Something you might see in shops soon is a large cabinet that Avo is selling to retailers. It matches a similar Davidoff cabinet, and they also displayed a similar one for Camacho.
The folks at Espinosa Cigars have been busy making several new cigars. There’s a new Murcielago in town, the Bouton, which includes a little button cap.
They released a new line called Crema. Keeping to its name, it’s supposed to be a creamy smoke with some similarities to the Laranja.
On the Limited Edition front, get ready for 601 La Bomba Warhead III. They told me this cigar is strong, which would match its name and the previous incarnations of the line.
Espinosa also released the Alpha Dawg, a cigar whose blend and packaging were chosen by retailers and social media at LaZonaPalooza. Everyone there voted on the cigar that Espinosa would make and the outcome was Alpha Dawg.