20 Jun 2014
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) Drew Estate has announced its Kentucky Fire Cured blend will soon be offered in the “Flying Pig” format (3.9 x 60), a unique cigar shape that’s short, thick in the middle, and tapered at the foot and head. Drew Estate has released other Flying Pig cigars before, including the Liga Privada No. 9. The official unveiling will be at a private event at Oxmoor Smoke Shoppe in Louisville, Kentucky; the nationwide release will be at the IPCPR Trade Show in Las Vegas next month. “Kentucky is obviously a major inspiration for the Kentucky Fire Cured line, and that inspiration comes through in everything from the blend profile to the iconic imagery,” said Jonathan Drew, who will personally attend the event in Louisville. “The tobacco that gives the Kentucky Fire Cured line its distinctive smoky aroma and flavor is grown right here in Kentucky.” You can expect 12-count boxes of Kentucky Fire Cured Flying Pigs to start shipping to your local retailers in September.
2) To celebrate 20 years of cigar making, Litto Gomez of La Flor Dominicana will be releasing a yet-to-be-named limited edition cigar that will be packaged in porcelain Oktoberfest beer steins. The cigars are expected to feature Mexican San Andrés wrappers around Dominican tobaccos. Come September, Gomez is expecting to ship 60,000 of these special anniversary cigars in 20-count steins.
3) Inside the Industry: 7-20-4 cigars has announced a new “Factory 57” line, which will use a Jalapa Habano wrapper, a Costa Rican binder, and filler from Honduras, Nicaragua, Mexico, and Colombia; it will come in four sizes retailing for $6.75 to $9. Nat Cicco is adding a Habano-wrapped version to its HHB line.
4) Deal of the Week: This “silver tray special” sampler features five cigars for $26 (35% off normal retail). Included are the Tatuaje Noella, Alec Bradley Prensado, H. Upmann Maduro Corona, CAO Gold Double Robusto, and Romeo y Julieta 1875 Petite #2.
photo credit: Drew Estate