Every year, cigar companies do us a huge favor: they create new and delicious blends and unleash them on the world. Sure, we want them to keep their eye on our favorites and ensure that quality doesn’t drop off. And yes, we love when they improve something that’s already great. But each year’s crops bring something new to the table, and it’s always a good idea to take a fresh puff of all the leaves that are out there to craft new blends.
These spring cigars are slated for release this year, and we just can’t wait! (Please don’t kill us if they get pushed back or postponed and don’t land in Q1. Cigars are a game of patience.)
This one’s a bit mysterious, but it’s likely to be a really nice Nicaraguan smoke. It’s coming in three wrapper varieties: original Habano, broadleaf, and Sumatra. We say original because this is actually a revival of an exclusive, extremely limited short-run blend that many people never got to experience. The Cohete, along with a few sibling blends, only went out to a few retailers.
Now’s our chance to try one of the best Tatuaje “brown label” smokes that Halfwheel described as having “extremely rich and dense flavors,” along with a “great finish and great construction.”
Casa Turrent 1880
The Casa Turrent 1880 line has a bunch of new blends that look to be feasts of Mexican tobacco. Should be nice and spicy with plenty of earthy flavors to really set things off when you need a cigar that has some personality. It isn’t just going to be San Andrés negro Maduro, either. We’re seeing Habano Criollo, which should be fantastic and interesting to light up. One version has a Connecticut wrapper, which we expect to provide contrast, and another is an all-in Doble Maduro, with two Maduro leaves to bring earthiness squared.
RoMa Craft CRAFT series
We’re definitely looking forward to this year’s CRAFT series, which always impresses thanks to wrapper details that add flair to great smokes. It seems like we’re entering a time where more and more cigar companies are trying to differentiate themselves with wrapper stripes and other designs.
We’re all for it.
It makes cigars more interesting and allows for a little artistic expression. There’s also a touch of flavor variety you get from switching up the wrapper, even if it’s only a little stripe of CT tobacco on a Maduro, or something like that.
These CRAFT sticks will be eye-catching conversation pieces for sure.
Padron x Fuente Collaboration
This is one of the most anticipated releases in the cigar world ever, at this point. Two of the best in the game are making blends for each other to honor patriarchs gone by – the men who built these companies to the top-shelf cigar makers they are today.
Carlos Fuente Jr. is making a cigar to honor José Padrón.
Jorge Padrón is making a cigar to honor Carlos Fuente Sr.
The blends have been in the works for years, but COVID derailed things a bit, it seems. There is a possibility that the Padron and Fuente collaboration cigars will come out this year. We’ll be waiting with open humidors, ready to get a hold of what is sure to be one of the hottest projects in tobacco.
Guardian of the Farm Cerberus
The original Guardian of the Farm Apollo Selección de Warped was a really nice blend. It earned the #8 spot on Cigar Aficionado’s best cigars of 2017 list. Now, there’s a new version coming out with a special new wrapper: Corojo 2012. Pioneered by Aganorsa in Nicaragua, this wrapper was used on the HVC 10th Anniversary blend, and now it’s making an appearance on a very special spring cigar line. There’s a chance that this will be a breakout smoke, but only time will tell.
The three-headed guardian of the underworld gives this stogie some big paws to fill.
El Baton is a relic of history. Back when the original Julius Caeser Newman was making cigars in Cleveland at the turn of the century, he was making El Baton cigars. This was in 1914. The cigar disappeared years later, but resurfaced in 2008 as a Nicaraguan puro.
But clearly, it needed something, because now it’s coming back. J.C. Newman’s great-grandson Drew Newman (one of the company owners) says it’s going to be “bigger and bolder.” We’re really looking forward to see how they can throttle this one up. This family company is one of America’s mainstays and a truly impressive story of how to navigate the many twists and turns of being in business with your relatives.
H. Upmann Nicaragua A.J. Fernandez HeritageThe H. Upmann Nicaragua AJ Fernandez Heritage is a collaboration between a legendary brand and one of the most productive blenders in the business. A.J.’s farms produce great Nicaraguan tobacco, and A.J. himself produces great blends for a huge number of companies.
Another partner provided the keystone leaf here: a triple fermented Brazilian Mata fina leaf. Oh, we can only imagine the delicious flavor you’re going to get from this one. From the pictures, it looks totally irresistible (you know you’re a diehard cigar fan when cigar pics get you going just as much as pics of women).
This one will be medium-to-full bodied. Just our type.
Whether they’re spring cigars or getting released later in the year, we can’t wait to get our lighters on these smokes.
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