After discussing blend trends, it made sense to tap each of our panelists to see what cigars they’re looking forward to getting directly into your hands. Every year the trade show floor opens and everyone there has the same goal in mind: to get you to light and enjoy one of their premium, luxury cigars. At every price point, in every flavor profile, every cigar maker in attendance has a blend that they think will be your favorite cigar, new or old.
Of your own blends, current or new, which one is the most exciting for you to get in the hands of the consumer?
- Robert Caldwell, Owner, Caldwell Cigar Co wants you to try Eastern Standard and Dos Firmas which are both available today. But All Out Kings was a big seller at the show for him. There have been some production delays, but the cigars are expected to ship in March 2017.
- Michael Herklots, VP Retail & Brand Development, Nat Sherman has a unique perspective representing an 86 year old company. A lot of new Nat Sherman smokers, including myself, are mostly familiar with the 1930 Sterling and Timeless lines from their portfolio, but haven’t tried the Metropolitan lines that have helped make Nat Sherman a success for almost a century. While the new Metropolitan Habano line was released at the show, he’d also like to see newer Nat Sherman customers sampling from all of the Metropolitan blends.
- Christian Eiroa, Founder, CLE Cigars was almost as excited as I was about you trying his CLE Signature stick. Seriously, do yourself a favor, find one and smoke one.
- José Blanco, Founder and Owner, Las Cumbres Tabaco – Señorial cigars released a boxpressed version of his Señorial Maduro that I call a complete cigar. It’s a medium bodied, full flavored complex smoke that really needs to be smoked on a clean palate.
- George Sosa, VP of Sales, Alec Bradley. Since Alec Bradley didn’t release any new sticks at the trade show, George Sosa would like to see cigar smokers revisit the Prensado and Tempus lines. You may recall that the Prensado was a 2011 cigar of the year.
- Rocky Patel, Rocky Patel Premium Cigars is excited about how the 55 blend turned out.
- Steve Saka, Founder/Owner, Dunbarton Tobacco and Trust may only have two blends currently in his lineup, but both Sobremesa and Mi Querida are fantastic smokes, especially at their price points. The Sobremesa Short Churchill was released at the trade show and is currently a staple in my humidor.
- Pedro Gomez, Factory Spokesman, Drew Estate evangelized for two of their new releases in the Herrera Esteli Miami and the Kentucky Fire Cured Swamp Thang.
And the last question in our interview, are there any cigars from other cigar makers you’re looking forward to trying?