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.
In 2015, the Crux Du Connoisseur was originally released in sizes that we affectionately refer to as 'cigar nerd' sizes. These being in the realm of Lancero and Panatela. It was announced by Crux about 2 years later that they would be adding a No. 4 to the Du Connoisseur lineup. When the Crux brand went through a ground-up redesign process, the entire Du Connoisseur line was put on hold. Then in 2021, the Du Connoisseur line was reintroduced with a new look, and it was again announced that the No. 4 size would be shipping to retailers. Here is Matt's review of the new No. 4 size.
In 2019, Protocol Cigars debuted the Lawman Series of cigars with the Sir Robert Peel. Following that in 2020, the Eliot Ness cigars were announced. Then at the 2021 PCA Trade Show, Juan Cancel and Kevin Keithan from Protocol Cigars announced the latest entry in the Lawman Series, that being the Bass Reeves.
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.