J.C. Newman has named Aimee Cooks the new Vice President and General Manager of Its Historic El Reloj Cigar Factory. In her new role she will over see cigar manufacturing and distribution. This appointment makes her one of the few females in this position in the industry. Based out of Tampa, FL, Cooks will oversee all manufacturing responsibilities, including tobacco fermentation, cigar rolling, aging, and packing. Additionally, she will be responsible for the warehousing and shipping of imported J.C. Newman and Arturo Fuente cigars that are distributed from El Reloj.
"This was a great cigar that changed on a few occasions. At times it was light and sweet then it would switch it up to a more darker, spicy, and rich profile. This is why blending is so important. When done right it can take you on a journey. This would make a great after-dinner cigar while you sit and reflect on the events of the day. I will be grabbing a few, once I know what it is, to have on hand to end my days with. " -Estevan Z. (TheRealBanzi)
Before embarking on the major restoration of their El Reloj Cigar Factory in Tampa, the J.C. Newman team had to clear out almost 70 years' worth of items from the building. During this process, they uncovered some unexpected hidden treasures. Some of these include a trap door from the 1930s with a secret staircase, J.C.'s travel trunk, and a stash of 10-year-old Brick House cigars that were tucked away in the basement. The latter is the premise for this TAA cigar.
"An awesome cigar! Nice notes of sweet and salty mixed with notes of woodiness. Makes me want another. Great late afternoon stick." -Sean F. (fullermaine)
J.C. Newman is bringing back Yagua this year, again in limited quantities. We reviewed this cigar last year and gave it a 93. The brand goes all the way back to 1940's in the Cuban tobacco fields.
J.C. Newman Cigar Co. is adding a new size the it's completely American-made line, The American: a Double Robusto. This new vitola measure 5.5 x 56 and is the largest ring gauge in the line. It will come in boxes of 20 and sell for $17.50
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