Some of my first premium cigars were from La Gloria Cubana. The brand became known for their full-bodied blends, and that style is very popular with a lot of their fans. In 2021, General Cigar formed a sub-division called Forged Cigar Co. which would become the new home for LGC and some other brands.
The original CAO Vision was introduced to the premium cigar market back in 2007. In that original release, the Vision was available in a variety of sizes, and with a different blend of tobaccos but this 2020 version is only made in a 7 x 50 Churchill. The original Vision was also selected for a spot on the 2007 Cigar Aficionado Cigar of the Year list. The packaging for the 2020 release is elaborate, with a high-gloss finish and built in LED lights. Here is Matt's review of the 2020 CAO Vision.
Even among people who don't enjoy premium cigars, the name Cohiba is still known around the world. Also, the look of the band is iconic, and these cigars can still be found at a wide variety of shops around the United States and beyond. Because this cigar has been on the market so long, it is not uncommon to find these cigars with a significant amount of age on store shelves.
In mid 2018, Drew Estate announced the the line called Factory Smokes. They were brought to market as a budget-centric offering that align with the Undercrown family of cigars. A Maduro, CT Shade, and Sun Grown wrapper made up three of the four Factory Smokes, wit the fourth being the 'Sweet' which has a Habano wrapper and sweetened head. I purchased a handful of the Maduro version a few weeks ago, and decided to give it the HBTC review treatment.