Early in 2022, Jas Sum Kral (JSK) announced a new project called Munchies. The new line of flavor-enhanced cigars was immediately hit with a firestorm of industry controversy. It was not due to the flavors, or even the name, as much as it was the packaging. Regardless of individual opinion on this debate, the Munchies line of premium cigars will be competing for market share in the very active and competitive world of flavored cigars. Here is Matt's evaluation of the Muchies-Rocky Road.
The 601 Black Toro is a new imagining of a cigar that was pulled from the market by Espinosa many years ago. This new Toro was unveiled at a LaZonaPalooza event hosted by Espinosa Cigars, and officially released at the 2021 PCA Trade Show. The blend is designed to be a full-bodied Connecticut Shade experience that goes above and beyond the more traditional ultra-mild cigars wrapped with a light shade wrapper. Here is Matt's review of the 601 Black Toro.
When Kevin Keithan joined Juan Cancel at Protocol Cigars, he not only brought a vast amount of energy and drive to the growing cigar brand, he also brought a wealth of experience in cyber security. As a way to integrate Kevin's technology background into the law enforcement theme of the Protocol series, the company released the Cyber Crimes Unit. The neon-green design fits nicely into the Protocol series of the original Protocol Blue, the Probable Cause Red, and the Themis Yellow (or as Garret likes to call it, the M-I-5). Here is Matt's review of this cigar.
Since the launch of Epic Cigars by Dean Parsons, the brand has steadily grown and gained a following and also garnered a solid reputation in the industry. Even after selling the brand a couple of years ago, Parsons still maintains the role of brand manager/ambassador. In celebration of the tenth anniversary, the Epic Ten was released. The cigars are presented in a beautiful bright red, high gloss 10-count box. Only 1,000 boxes were produced. Here is Matt's evaluation of the Epic Ten.
In the fall of 2020, AVO Cigars shipped the North and South Editions to select retailers. The North and South Regional Editions are the follow-up to the East and West editions released in 2019. Each blend was and is made available only to retail partners in the respective region. Each cigar was designed and blended to be a unique experience for the region, and production numbers are limited. Here is Matt's evaluation of the North Edition.