Cameroon is one of those tobacco leaves that we smoke all the time, and maybe don't really think about. It has been a popular leaf for many decades, and when processed with care it can be an extremely flavorful and distinct element in a premium cigar. In 2019, the people at Espinosa Cigars teamed up with General Cigar to create Warzone. General has a massive supply of Cameroon tobacco, and Erik Espinosa had never made a cigar with this wrapper leaf, so a new partnership was born.
Premium Cigars is definitely a business with a lot of family legacy. There are many family names known throughout the industry, and the love of fine tobacco passes down from father to son. In the case of the Ortez family, from father to daughter. Indiana Ortez is a daughter to Omar Ortez. Omar has been well known in the business for over 30 years, and Indiana Ortez is following in his footsteps.
Cigar companies, whether intentional or not, take on a certain reputation over time. That is the nature of almost any marketed product. The product itself, the look, feel, packaging, and presentation all play a factor in the way the company as a whole is perceived. Black Label Trading Co. (BLTC) have a reputation for depth, power, strength, and intensity in their cigar blends. That is how most consumers know them. But the people at BLTC also know that a market can have varied customer likes and dislikes. With that in mind, they decided to add a milder Connecticut Shade wrapped cigar to their lineup, and it gained steam as soon as it was announced.
With all of the variety in the world of premium cigars, Bombay Tobak has still managed to stand out in the last few years as a brand. The blends and designs brought to market by owner Mel Shah have been extremely well received since the company launched in 2014. Today, Matt reviews a new offering known as M. Esteli.
J.C. Newman Cigar Company teamed up with Jeff Borysiewicz, owner of Corona Cigar Company, to create The American. It is a cigar that is American in every way. Not only is every tobacco leaf for The American grown in the United States, every box is made here in the United States. The bands are also made here in the United States. Even the cellophane is made right here in the United States. Maybe the rarest part of the whole cigar is this; Every one of these cigars are rolled by hand in Ybor City at J.C. Newman’s El Reloj cigar factory.