5 Apr 2013
As we have since July 2006, each Friday we’ll post a mixed bag of quick cigar news and other items of interest. Below is our latest Friday Sampler.
1) Few expected Sam Leccia to stay away from the cigar industry any longer than he was legally obligated to. With the conclusion of his non-compete agreement with the Oliva Cigar Co., his former employer, Leccia’s return was formally announced this week. His new venture will be called Leccia Tobacco and it will debut with two blends—Black and White—that will sell in the $7-9 range and be distributed by Toraño. Black is of particular interest as it will be handmade with a rare fire-cured leaf. Leccia fans will recall he originally tried to jump back in the business in 2011 with a completely different Toraño-distributed brand called Debut, which prompted a lawsuit from Oliva and postponed his return until now. Leccia is best known for creating the stout Nub and ligero-laden Cain brands.
2) Drew Estate is expanding its My Uzi Weighs a Ton (MUWAT) brand with the release of Kentucky Fire Cured cigars, a project that was over two years in the making. “We took the wrapper off the T52 and placed a thick Kentucky fire-cured leaf in its place,” said Jonathan Drew in a press release. “The taste and aroma were simply amazing, but there was just one huge problem—the cigar would not burn properly…[which explains] the lengthy process.” KFC, as the line will almost assuredly be called, is made at the Joya de Nicaragua factory in three sizes: Just a Friend (6 x 52), Fat Molly (5 x 56), and Chunky (4 x 46).
3) Inside the Industry: What do you get when Rocky Patel, Jonathan Drew, Matt Booth, Nick Perdomo, Christian Eiroa, Ernesto Padilla, Charlie Toraño, and Kurt Van Keppel collaborate on a project? Apparently you get a feature film called Operation Smokescreen. Watch the trailer here. The film is set to debut April 24, 2013.
4) Deal of the Week: H. Upmann is a classic name in cigars with a history going back almost two centuries, but the newest H. Upmann cigars are pretty good too. This sampler includes three sizes of the new H. Upmann Legacy, plus two Upmann Short Figuardos, for $20.
photo credit: Leccia Tobacco