April 14, 2021

Drew Estate Barn Smokers Return Beginning in August 2021


Drew Estate will resume its Barn Smoker program in 2021 after a year’s hiatus due to the Covid-19 pandemic. The company will host three Barn Smokers beginning with the Connecticut Barn Smoker on Aug. 14-15 in the beautiful Connecticut River Valley. The Kentucky Barn Smoker will follow in Hopkinsville, Kentucky, on Oct. 9. Finally, the Florida Barn Smoker will take place on Nov. 13-14 in Clermont, Florida.


Drew Estate hosted its first Barn Smoker in 2014 in Hopkinsville, Kentucky, bringing cigar consumers to the farms where Drew Estate sources some of its specialty, often rare tobaccos. Attendees are immersed into the real American tobacco experience by learning about tobacco growing, leaf processing and finishing and cigarmaking techniques. Each guest will receive special Drew Estate cigars and exclusive Barn Smoker swag, while tasting local cuisine and sampling premium spirits in a festival atmosphere.


Drew Estate’s 2021 Barn Smoker program will include a few small changes to protect attendees and Drew Estate personnel and event vendors from Covid-19. The Connecticut and Florida Barn Smokers, typically the two largest events in the Barn Smoker calendar, will each be spread over two separate event days, which will accommodate smaller crowds for each event session and each event session will require a separate ticket Additionally, Drew Estate will follow any local protocols required to ensure safety at the events.


As always, Barn Smoker attendees will enjoy an immersive deep dive into a variety of unique sensory activations that will focus on Drew Estate brands, including: Undercrown, Herrera Estelí, Pappy Van Winkle, Joya de Nicaragua, FSG, Tabak Especial and ACID, while chillin’ with Drew Estate ambassadors, including company founder and president, Jonathan Drew; master blender, Willy Herrera; and La Gran Fabrica Drew Estate factory spokesman, Pedro Gomez. Of course, your favorite Drew Estate sales force members will be at the Barn Smokers as well.


From the Wynwood Safehouse, Drew Estate’s founder and president, Jonathan Drew says, “Last year was tough for everybody and we all missed celebrating American tobacco, smoking and having a drink together ... but 2021 is going to prove that we are all unbeaten and unbowed. This year’s Barn Smokers will have a bit more special meaning than before because we’re finally going be together again in #fellowship after a long period of isolation. I’m excited to bond with everyone and raise money for our Cigars For Warriors peeps.”


There are three ticket tiers available for each 2021 Barn Smoker—General Admission, VIP and VIP Plus Dinner. General Admission tickets enable consumers to attend one day of the Barn Smoker event and includes a packet of swag and 10 Drew Estate cigars. Consumers who purchase a VIP ticket will have early access to the farm to join us for a Tabak Especial breakfast experience and receive exclusive VIP Barn Smoker swag. The VIP Plus Dinner ticket will include an invitation to dinner with Drew Estate Ambassadors on the Friday night before each Barn Smoker, early access for a Tabak breakfast experience and admission for both days of the 2-day farm events.

Tickets and more information about the 2021 Barn Smokers are available at www.barnsmoker.com.

MACANUDO INSPIRADO TO LAUNCH BRAZILIAN SHADE



Macanudo will soon debut a new Inspirado collection featuring a rare Brazilian wrapper and a proprietary Cuban-seed filler, marking the first time these tobaccos have been used with Macanudo. Called Macanudo Inspirado Brazilian Shade, the limited-edition line brings together masterful blending with expert agronomy for a one-of-a-kind smoking experience.

Steve Abbot, senior brand manager of Macanudo said, “Macanudo Inspirado Brazilian Shade required a significant investment in agronomy, spanning Central and South America. This blend speaks to the lengths that we as a brand will go to in order to bring excitement to premium cigar smokers, and we’re confident that cigar lovers will be drawn to the singular experience this blend delivers.”

Grown in the lush tropical Bahia region of Brazil according to the exact specifications of Macanudo’s agronomists, the proprietary Connecticut Shade wrapper is golden with a silky sheen. It crowns a Mexican San Andrean binder and a blend that features “Dominican Cubita,” a unique and proprietary sungrown tobacco cultivated on a one-acre plot in the bucolic region of Mao, Dominican Republic. This special tobacco lends a unique aroma and spicy notes to the smoking experience. When surrounded by Brazilian tobacco, Dominican Piloto Cubano and Nicaraguan Jalapa, the tobaccos come together to deliver a layered, medium-bodied smoke that hints of toasted nuts, cocoa and sweet earth.

Handmade by artisans at the General Cigar Dominicana factory in Santiago, Dominican Republic, Macanudo Inspirado Brazilian Shade will ship to retailers on May 4th and will be available in two sizes. The cigars will be presented in ten-count boxes designed to pay homage to the Brazilian flag.

Toro (6.5” x 52); SRP per cigar $10.49

Churchill (7” x 48); SRP per cigar $10.99





April 13, 2021

Rojas Street Tacos Barbacoa Short Corona (5 1/2 x 46)





Video review HERE.


(Description taken from Halfwheel.com website)

Noel Rojas has announced a new series called Street Tacos. Rojas stated that the line will eventually contain three distinct blends, but for now he is launching it with Barbacoa. It’s a name that comes from a meat preparation that traces its roots to the Caribbean and Mexico, and in particular sheep and goat cooked over an open fire or via an in-ground oven, but has loosened over time to include different meats and preparations. It’s also the word that eventually became barbecue.

As for the blend, it uses a Sumatra wrapper over a Nicaraguan binder and filler from the Somoto region of the country. It will be offered in a 6 x 50 toro and a 5 1/2 x 46 short corona (REVIEWED TODAY) with pricing between $8 and $9 per cigar. The cigars are being made at Tabacalera Flor de San Luis in Estelí, Nicaragua.


The cigar's band is quite original. The cigar has a closed foot and an average feel in the hand.




The test draw was a bit firm. It could be due to the closed foot but I used the PerfecDraw tool to open the draw a bit.



The initial flavors at light up were a nice orange citrus, quite a bit of brown sugar, a very thick, pasty nutmeg, and a light black coffee base. There was nice black pepper rated at 7 1/2. A very sweet citrus and brown sugar start.



10 minutes in the cigar changed. The lead flavor now is a sweet peach. There is still a large amount of brown sugar there with the nutmeg and light black coffee.




At the first third (27 minutes) the nutmeg is very pasty and dry and very much in play. But, there are a lot of sweet peach notes and brown sugar notes. The black coffee base is there but you probably won't notice it. The cigar is medium bodied. The finish is peach and nutmeg with a nice amount of lingering black pepper. The cigar is very sweet and has a very good flavor. I rated the first third 94.




As I moved through the second third (53 minutes) the peach is very sweet. The brown sugar is very sweet. And now there is the reemergence of the orange citrus. The nutmeg is still there and very thick but it cannot hamper the extreme sweetness of the peach, orange, and brown sugar. The black coffee base is still hanging around but not very noticeable. The black pepper remains very good on both ends. The finish is unchanged. This cigar is sweet. Very sweet. I raised the second third score to 95.




The cigar lasted 1 hour 13 minutes. The final third was much like the first third. The nutmeg was a little more noticeable. The cigar is still very sweet, however. It is still very good. The cigar is still medium bodied. The finish is unchanged. I have really enjoyed this cigar. I'll be looking for more. I rated the final third 94.




Overall Score: 94.33

Dunbarton Tobacco & Trust (DTT) announces distribution agreement with Media Rueda for Belgium and Luxembourg


Brussels (Belgium), April 13, 2021 — Dunbarton Tobacco & Trust® (DTT) is pleased to announce distribution agreement with Media Rueda™ for Belgium and Luxembourg. Starting today Dunbarton Tobacco & Trust® cigars will be available in the Belgium and Luxembourg markets through Media Rueda™.

“When I began Dunbarton Tobacco & Trust I had a single purpose in mind: to create handmade cigars of the absolute best quality, crafted of the finest leaf that is harvested and to never concern myself with market trends, price points or the dozen other business issues that any sane person would,” said Steve Saka, the founder and co-owner of DTT. He added, “This “puros sin compromise” (cigars without compromise) approach has made our company’s puros not only among the best, but some of the most sought after amongst educated, experienced cigar smokers. While I had faith in my ability to craft exceptional cigars, I never could have imagined just how successful our small family company would become in only a few years.”

“And while I have absolute confidence in the quality of our puros, I certainly did not think our cigars would be in demand globally so soon. It is personally satisfying to know that cigar smokers in Belgium and Luxembourg are interested in my portfolio of ligas - it is my sincere hope our cigars reward them with immense smoking satisfaction,” states Saka.

“We are beyond excited to bring Steve’s cigars to our markets,” said David Larou, partner a Media Rueda, “when previewing our plans to some of our trusted retail partners, reactions have been overwhelmingly positive. We start with a limited selection today, including Sobremesa, Mi Querida and Sin Compromiso. We are convinced they will be a big success and local cigar lovers looking for a smoking experience ‘without compromise’ will quickly learn to appreciate Steve’s products. We plan on extending our selection from DTT’s portfolio later this year.”


April 11, 2021

Southern Draw Desert Rose Lonsdale (6 x 44)





Video review HERE.


(Description taken from Cigar-coop.com website)

Southern Draw Cigars, the family-owned premium cigar brand, announced two unique line extensions for the Desert Rose cigar blend. The first is a 6 x44 Lonsdale size that will be offered nationwide, while the Toro size will be a classic 6 x 52 format that will be an exclusive to Famous Smoke Shop and is dubbed the Famous Exclusive.

Desert Rose was introduced in 2019 as a limited production offering and an offshoot of the popular Rose of Sharon line, the premium Ecuadorian Connecticut Shade line in the Southern Draw portfolio. Desert Rose utilizes a modified blend featuring a thicker, heartier Ecuadorian Claro wrapper the company calls “Cloud Grown.” It was released in one size – a 5 1/2 x 54 Belicoso Finos.

The Desert Rose Lonsdale features a “flag” cap and is packaged in 12-count boxes designed by Humidif Group U.S. Production and is slated for 4,000 boxes per year. Retailers can now pre-order the initial 1,000 boxes that are expected to begin shipping in October 2020. Pricing is set at $9.99 per cigar, $121.00 per 12-count box, and a limited stock of 12-count replacement bundles are available at $115.99. The boxes feature a retail-friendly shelf display.

In addition, Southern Draw has announced the Belicoso Finos size will continue to be available. Production is set at 80,000 cigars per year and these are now available for purchase in standard 20-count boxes and a limited amount of 20-count bundles.

Commenting on the new releases, Southern Draw Cigars’ Boss Lady and the namesake of the Rose of Sharon blend, Sharon Holt said, “We had to wait much longer than desired but the Desert Rose now headlines the 2020 Fall Release Collection in sizes that I find most enjoyable, offering a wider variety of smoking experiences of the blend. Simply put, the two new sizes of Desert Rose provide consumers, what I personally consider the two best smoking experiences for the blend and I have tried it in many sizes and formats. That said, we understand that our customers are sometimes very focused on new releases, wanting products that are specifically tailored to uniquely highlight the blend, so these are my gifts to them. These product line extensions address this desire for new releases while honoring the character of the original blend and by working closely with Famous Smoke Shop over the last 18 months, we were able to bring yet another exciting exclusivo cigar offering to their loyal consumers.”


Blend and Origin

Wrapper: Ecuadorian Claro

Binder: Nicaraguan Habano (Condega)

Filler: Honduran Corojo ’99, Dominican Piloto Cubano

Country of Origin: Nicaragua

Factory: Tabacalera AJ Fernandez de Nicaragua


Vitolas Available

Belicosos Finos: 5 1/2 x 54

Lonsdale: 6 x 44 REVIEWED TODAY

Toro (Famous Exclusivo): 6 x 52


The cigar's wrapper is a light, golden brown. The foot is closed.




The test draw after cutting the cap was good. The initial flavors at light up reminded me of the lemon drop candy sweetened with brown sugar. Quite sweet and tangy. There are some cedar qualities also. There was a lot of an earthy nutmeg. And the cigar had a nice black coffee base that was somewhat subdued at the outset. There was nice pepper which I found difficult to pin down to black or white rated at 7 1/2. Initially I called it black pepper. Nice sweet start. I found the lemon aspects quite nice and different.



At the first third (26 minutes) I still had the very nice lemon, cedar, and brown sugar sweet notes. The nutmeg is now a dry nutmeg and it does not take away from the sweet flavors. It's on the light side. The black coffee base is there but it also is not intrusive. The cigar is medium bodied. The finish has subdued qualities of a lemon/cedar with nice lingering pepper which I still cannot say for certain is a white or black. It's a mild pepper so it may very well be a white pepper. I rated the first third 93.




As I moved through the second third (50 minutes) the cigar was very much like it was in the first third. The only difference is the black coffee base has risen which made a nice base and pulled the cigar more in balance with the very sweet notes. The nutmeg is floundering in the middle of all the flavors. The cigar is now medium to full bodied. The sweet lemon notes are quite nice and they are even sweeter with the brown sugar attached to them. The finish has more of the lemon/cedar notes and more lingering pepper which I now call white. The cigar is quite nice and I held the score of 93.




The cigar lasted 1 hour 13 minutes. In the final third I got some sweet whipping cream notes making the cigar even sweeter. They go nicely with the lemon and brown sugar notes with light cedar. The nutmeg is hardly noticeable at this point. The black coffee base is quite nice also. The cigar is a high grade medium to full bodied. The finish is very sweet with lemon and cedar notes with lots of white pepper. For me the cigar actually improved. I rated the final third 94. This is a very good offering from Southern Draw. Very impressive.




Overall Score: 93.33

April 10, 2021

Plasencia Alma Fuerte Sixto I (6 x 60 Hexagon Box Pressed)















Video review HERE.


(Description taken from Halfwheel.com website)

In October 2016, Plasencia 1865—which is the Miami-based distribution network for Plasencia branded cigars—debuted its first line named Alma Fuerte. One of the three vitolas in the line was a very unusually shaped size named Sixto, a 6 x 60 gordo that featured a hexagon box-press, meaning there are six sides instead of the normal four sides that most box-pressed cigars have.

Last December, Plasencia started shipping a new version of the Sixto, this time wrapped in a 10-year-aged Colorado claro wrapper grown on the company’s farms in Jalapa, Nicaragua. While the wrapper is different from the original version, most other details remained the same: the internal blend is still made up of all Nicaraguan tobacco, the price is still $21 each and it is still being sold in hexagonally-shaped 10-count boxes.   


 

“When we created the hexagon shaped vitola, we did it with the intent to push the boundaries of cigar making,” said Nestor Andrés Plasencia, ceo of Plasencia 1865, in a press release. “The Colorado Claro wrapper adds a different dimension to this already unique cigar. We proudly look forward to exposing the public to the Plasencia Alma Fuerte Sixto I Hexagon.”

The Alma Fuerte Sixto I Hexagon Colorado Claro is rolled at the Plasencia Cigars S.A. factory in Nicaragua.


Blend and Origin:

Country of Origin: Nicaragua

Factory: Plasencia Cigars S.A.

Wrapper: Nicaragua (Colorado Claro)

Binder: Nicaragua

Filler: Nicaragua

Length: 6 Inches

Ring Gauge: 60

Vitola: Gordo

MSRP: $21 (Box of 10, $210)


I recently reviewed the Robustus which did very well. It received a score of 94.


The cigar is quite unique looking with it's six sides. They are sharp and distinct. The cigar has a nice feel in the hand.




The test draw after cutting the cap was very good. The initial flavors at light up were citrus, cedar, pear, leathery nutmeg, and light black coffee. There was average black pepper rated at 7. Nice, sweet start.



At the first third (37 minutes) the citrus notes have developed more. They are a definite orange citrus with a lot of sweetness. There are also a touch of cedar, nice brown sugar, citrus peel, nutmeg with light leather notes, and a light black coffee base. The cigar is medium bodied. The finish has a lot of citrus peel with minor sweetness and nutmeg with average lingering black pepper. The first third has gotten very sweet and it's blossomed. I rated it 95.




As I moved through the second third (1 hour) the cigar has not changed much. The cigar still has a lot of orange citrus, brown sugar, leathery nutmeg, and a black coffee base. The finish is unchanged but the lingering black pepper has improved. The cigar is still medium bodied. There are more sweeter notes than lower level notes so the cigar is not in balance but it's very flavorful. The flavors in this cigar are up my alley. I rated the second third 95.




The cigar lasted 1 hour 28 minutes. This cigar does not change much. Being hyper critical, the leathery nutmeg rose a little in the final third. But that's ok because the cigar was not in balance so they help bring the cigar more in balance. I'd call the cigar medium to full bodied. The finish is unchanged. I rated the final third 95. A very good cigar and for me it's just a bit better than the Robustus. Both are great cigars.




Overall Score: 95

April 08, 2021

Protocol Cigars releases Sir Robert Peel in Corona Gorda

Natural Version

Protocol Cigars is proud to announce the first line extension in the Lawmen Series. The Sir Robert Peel, both natural and maduro, will be offered in a Corona Gorda 5-5/8 X 46 format. This time however, the company has gone to a round format as opposed to a box pressed format like it’s predecessor. The blends are exactly the same as the original offerings. The Protocol Sir Robert Peel Natural will have the Ecuadorian Rosado wrapper, while the Maduro will have the Pennsylvania Broadleaf. Like the original release both will have the same exact Nicaraguan binder and filler. The MSRP for the Sir Robert Peel Corona Gorda in both offerings will be $11.50 per single stick and a box at $115.00. The cigar is being produced at La Zona in Esteli Nicaragua under the watchful eye of Hector Alfonso Sr. The Protocol Sir Robert Peel will be offered in 10 count boxes and will be a national ongoing full production release. 

Juan Cancel, co-owner and founder stated the following... “The Sir Robert Peel was such a different project for us. We wanted to do something out of our comfort zone. It has been such a huge success that we want to expand the Lawmen Series with not only the Protocol Eliot Ness, but also with the Sir Robert Peel Corona Gorda. I can’t think of a better size to expand the Sir Robert Peel Line than with a Corona Gorda!”

Kevin Keithan, co-owner added... “This cigar in the Corona Gorda Size is absolutely fantastic. If your a fan of the original Sir Robert Peel, then you are going to adore this vitola. You taste so much more of the wrapper in the Corona Gorda. I think people will be very pleased!”

The release party will be held at The Royal Leaf Cigar Shop, located at 118 N. High Street, Millville, NJ 08332, 856-300-2674. This event will be on Saturday, April 17th, 2021, starting at 5pm until close. Single stick and box purchasing will be available in store and on the shop’s website at: https://theroyalleaf.net/collections/protocol

Maduro version



Protocol Sir Robert Peel Natural Corona Gorda:

Wrapper: Ecuadorian Rosado

Binder: Nicaraguan

Filler: Nicaraguan

Country of Origin: Nicaragua

Factory: La Zona S.A.

Round Corona Gordo: 5-5/8 X 46


Protocol Sir Robert Peel Maduro Corona Gorda:

Wrapper: Pennsylvania Broadleaf

Binder: Nicaraguan

Filler: Nicaraguan

Country of Origin: Nicaragua

Factory: La Zona S.A.

Round Corona Gordo: 5-5/8 X 46


Mombacho Cigars S.A. Hires Indiana Ortez as General Manager


Granada, Nicaragua: Mombacho Cigars S.A. has hired Indian Ortez as General Manager for the company’s Nicaraguan operations. The company continues its announcements of 15th year anniversary strategic changes as it prepares for an exciting new chapter in its history. Indiana brings years of deep tobacco knowledge and a fresh energy to Mombacho’s production team.

Hailing from Nicaragua’s oldest Nicaraguan tobacco family she brings with her many years of tobacco and production knowledge. Cam Heaps, President of Mombacho Cigars S.A., commented: “It is both an honor and a pleasure to have Indiana joining the Senior Management team at Mombacho. While Indiana’s impressive and broad expertise is a welcome asset, her passion, spirit, and management style will also be an important part of the company’s cultural vision.”

Indiana adds, “Being the first Nicaraguan female General Manager of a cigar company like Mombacho challenges me twice as much because I feel the responsibility to carry the high legacy of women in our industry. This position allows me to keep my personal promise of working with well fermented tobaccos and continuing to push quality and consistency to an uncompromising place. Moving to the exciting colonial town of Granada, Nicaragua is also an exciting part of the role. Mombacho feels like a spaceship that is ready for take-off.”

Mombacho Cigars S.A. celebrates its 15th anniversary this year. Global retailers and distributors interested in purchasing or learning more about Mombacho Cigars’ premium line of products are free to contact the company at sales@mombachocigars.com.

April 06, 2021

Irish Car Bomb Firecracker (3 x 50)





Video review HERE.


(Description taken from Cigar-coop.com website)

United Cigars has announced a limited production candela/maduro barber-pole offering in its Firecracker name. The cigar has been dubbed the Irish Car Bomb Firecracker.

In addition to a Dominican Candela and Mexican San Andres Maduro for the barber-pole, the cigar features a Nicaraguan Criollo binder and Dominican Ligero, Nicaragua, and Pennsylvania Broadleaf fillers. The vitola measures 3 x 50 and features the signature Firecracker long rush. The cigars are sold in five-pack bundles with a price point of $30.00. Production comes from the Magia Cubana Factory in Gurabo, Dominican Republic.

“Cigars are meant to be celebrated with friends and smiles,” said Oliver Nivaud, Director of Operations for United Cigars. “The rich and creamy draw on this limited release, barber pole Firecracker is perfect. So let’s raise a pint this St. Paddy’s Day and light up an Irish Car Bomb Firecracker.”


Blend and Origin

Wrapper: Dominican Candela/San Andres Mexican Maduro

Binder: Nicaraguan Criollo

Filler: Dominican Ligero, Nicaragua, and Pennsylvania Broadleaf

Country of Origin: Nicaragua

Factory: Magia Cubana


Vitolas Offered

Firecracker: 3 x 50


The cigar is a nice looking barber pole. It has a shaggy foot and a "fuse" at the cap. It has an average feel in the hand.




The test draw after cutting the cap was good. The initial flavors at light up were cocoa/chocolate, apricot, creamy nutmeg, and earthy black coffee. There was nice black pepper rated at 7 to 7 1/2. Nice start.



At the first third (24 minutes) the chocolate notes seem to have changed over to a dark chocolate. The sweetness comes from the apricot notes which have actually decreased somewhat. The nutmeg is still there but not very intrusive. The earthy black coffee is holding the base. The finish is a cream with nice lingering black pepper. The cigar is medium bodied. The cigar was a little sweeter at the beginning than it is in the first third. But it's not a bad cigar. I rated the first third 89.




As I moved through the second third (41 minutes) the cocoa notes made a rebound. They're back and they improve the cigar. The cigar is still medium bodied. The finish is unchanged. I still had nice apricot notes, cocoa, chocolate/cocoa, a little nutmeg, and black coffee. I rated the second third 90.




The cigar lasted 58 minutes. A nice, quick smoke. The nice, sweet, apricot notes are elevated. They are also tangy. There were nice cocoa notes, nice black coffee notes, and the nutmeg is there but it's not intrusive. The cigar ended medium bodied. The finish is still cream with nice lingering black pepper. The cigar made another improvement. I rated the final third 91. This is a nice, short smoke.




Overall Score: 90

New location for the Casa Cuevas Cigars 4-Year Anniversary event

 Now taking place at Empire Social Downtown Dadeland.






UNITED CIGARS LAUNCHS FIRST NFT (Non-Fungible Token) CIGAR


Nashua, NH – United Cigars Director of Operations, Oliver Nivaud, has launched the first NFT (Non-Fungible Token) cigar.

NFT is a unit of data on a digital ledger called a blockchain, where each NFT can represent a unique digital item, and thus they are not interchangeable. NFTs can represent digital files such as art, and other forms of creative work. Nivaud has spearheaded the formation of Concept Cigars, a new venture that will be used to create concept cigars.

Like a concept car, a concept cigar is made to showcase new styling. Concept cars are often shown at motor shows to gauge customer reaction to new and radical designs which may or may not be produced. Concept cigars a similar premise, it may never go into production directly, but possibly could. In time, a concept cigar could undergo many changes before the design is finalized and produced. This is not necessarily a production-intent prototype, just a concept cigar for now with future projects in the works.

Nelson Alfonso of Selected Tobacco and Golden Age Visual Developers (www.gavd.com) was asked to create the first NFT for this unique project. The conversation led to the idea of Atabey Black, an Ecuadorian maduro wrapped Ritos with the Atabey blend. Only 10 boxes have been produced as NFT’s, keep in mind they are not touchable or smokable. An 11th box of Atabey Black Ritos will be available as singles, 25 singles available for sale as a single cigar NFT. Confused? So was Oliver Nivaud until he started his research and believes this might be the next collectable.

“The Atabey Black Ritos NFT is just a concept and not in actual production yet,” said Nivaud. “For now, it’s only available to be seen and purchased on Ocean Sea.” www.OpenSea.io

While putting this all together Nivaud learned about Cigars Rights of the World (www.CigarRightsOfTheWorld.com) and decided to turn this fun, unique test project into something good for the cigar industry. Profits in 2021 from Atabey Black Ritos will go to Cigar Rights of the World, a global platform whose goal is protecting cigar smokers’ rights. “You cannot smoke an Atabey Black Cigar or any future NFT Concept Cigars” said Nivaud, “but I hope they can help the cigar industry.”


United Cigar began as a US based cigar store chain in 1901 growing to nearly 3,000 shops. United Cigar eventually became part of the corporation that bought Marvel Comics in 1968. The United Cigar chain represented the interests of the Consolidated Tobacco Company, the tobacco trust that controlled the American Tobacco Company.

Today United Cigars distributes and manufactures premium cigars within the United States. Distribution agreements with Selected Tobacco (Atabey, Byron & Bandolero) as well as Jose Dominguez cigars. United Cigars has its own brands including the quick-selling bundle line Classic, La Gianna Havana, and our flagship brand United to name a few.

United Cigar Series Unidas, a collaboration with respected manufactures, provides premium cigar retailers with Limited Release productions.