Foundation Cigars has announced a brand new core line to be shown off at the PCA 2022 trade show next week. The new line is called "Olmec" and is expected to ship late summer/early fall. Foundation Olmec comes in boxes of 12 and in two wrapper choices: San Andrés Maduro and Claro.
E.P. Carrillo has announced the Pledge Lonsdale Limitada for PCA 2022. This new, limited vitola to the hightly rated Pledge line measures 6 1/2 x 43 and comes in boxes of 20. Each cigar has a retail price of $12.00. We rated the original Pledge a 91 in our blind tasting and made #21 on our Top 25 list that year.
Elie Bleu has announced the Haute Couture Limited Edition Casa Cubana J-14 Jet cigar lighter with a Black IP surface. IP stands for Ion Plating and is a process that distributes ions onto a surface to bound to the source material, meaning plating won’t flake off or chip away like paint.
Emilio Cigars (under the Oveja Negra Brands) will be showing off a new line at this year’s PCA trade show in Las Vegas: Suave Maduro. This will be a regular production cigar and should start shipping later in the summer. Black Label Trading company took over the blends and branding for Emilio cigars three years ago and the first release after the rebranding was an updated Emilio Suave line.
Favilli (formerly Mombacho) and Fabien Ziegler have announced a new bundle of products called "Coffee & Cigars." As the name would suggest it comes with both coffee and cigars meant to be paired together. Ziegler spend 19 years with Drew Estate and departed form the company in 2019. He was quiet in the cigar industry until last month when the collaboration was announced.
ATL Cigar Co is making a few changes to their core lines ATL Magic, ATL Black and ATL Libertad to be shown off at the PCA Trade Show next week.
Tim Ozgener is returning to the cigar industry. He spent 16 years with CAO International, serving as President from 2006-2010, and was instrumental in taking the company from a start-up to a global brand. This is also the place where Crowned Heads founder Jon Huber got his start. For the past 12 years, Tim has served as Co-Founder and President/CEO of OZ Arts Nashville, a contemporary arts center in Nashville.
Plasencia Cigars is adding a new vitola to their Alma Fuerte Colorado Claro line. Previously, it had only been available in the Sixto I size, a hexagonally pressed 6 x 60. Now a new size, the Eduardo I vitola is being added and is a box pressed toro that measures 6 1/4 x 54. Pre-orders will be taken at the PCA trade show next week in Las Vegas.
Altadis U.S.A. launched the Omar Ortez brand in 2006 and is a value-focused Nicaraguan tobacco brand. Now, the line is getting a Connecticut version: Omar Ortez Connecticuts. The Ortez Family has been well known name in the cultivation and blending of Nicaraguan tobacco for over 40 years.