Cigar Aficionado reported minutes ago that Matt Booth has now returned with two new brands in collaboration with A.J. Fernandez and Robert Caldwell.
“It was great to work with friends and create a new product with them,” Booth told Cigar Aficionado. “This was meant to be a true collaboration and a reinvention of myself. I stepped away from the business and now that I’m back, am able to participate more in the creative process. I find myself excited about tobacco in the same way I was when I first started in the industry.”
Actually, CigarNoise was the first to speculate the return of Matt Booth over four months ago during this episode of CigarNoise Weekly:
Matt will be at IPCPR debuting The Truth and Hit & Run next week. Here’s the details:
Cigar: Hit & Run
Wrapper: Ecuadorian Habano
Vitola: 46×6, 54×6, 52×4 3/4, 50×6 (piramide), and 60×5 1/8 (perfecto)
Factory: Tabacalera William Ventura
Collaboration: Matt Booth and Robert Caldwell
Box Count: 10 ct
Cigar: The Truth
Vitola: Short Churchill (5 1/2 x 48), Robusto (5 x 52) Toro Grande (6 1/2 by 56), Toro (5 by 52), Lonsdale (6 1/2 by 44) – Alll box-pressed
Factory: Tabacalera A.J. Fernandez Cigars de Nicaragua S.A.
Collaboration: Matt Booth, A.J. Fernandez, Robert Caldwell
Box Count: 20 ct, 10 ct (Short Churchill)
“Matt has been a friend of mine since before I was in the business as a manufacturer,” Caldwell told Cigar Aficionado. “He approached me to do something light and fun together and we came up with these collabs. I am also very excited to be able to finally work together with A.J. His attention to detail on the farm and factory level is second to none.”
Matt also told CA that he would not be producing cigars under the Room 101 name in the near future, presumably because of non-compete agreements.
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