Towards the end of 2020, Joya de Nicaragua and Cigar Dojo collaborated for the first time on a new cigar, the Joya Ninjaragua. The cigar was sold exclusively through Smoke Inn and came in unique triangular-shaped packs of 6.
Cigar Dojo and Aganorsa Leaf are bringing back the ReviveR for 2021. Many believe this is one of, if not the best collaborations Cigar Dojo has ever done. We even gave it a place on our Top 25 in 2018. Now, it 2021, it is back and more plentiful. Production has been increased from 300 to 500 boxes. The blend and size remain unchanged, but the bands and packaging have gotten a refresh.
The original Cigar Dojo Sensei's Sensational Sarsaparilla hit the market seven years ago. Sassy, for short, made a comeback in 2016 with Sensei's Sensational Sarsaparilla II, or Sassy II. Now, in 2021 we get a third release of this cigar, now on a national level. The original Sassy was Cigar Dojo's second collaboration, this time with Erik Espinosa. The original release was a 5½" x 52 belicoso and only 1,000 bundles of 10 were made.
For the first time, Cigar Dojo and Joya de Nicaragua are collaborating on a cigar: Joya Ninjaragua. The blend has been in the works for over two years, making it the longest project Cigar Dojo has worked on before releasing. The first test blends were given out at a Cigar Dojo-led Drew Estate Cigar Safari, where a group of roughly 15 Dojo members (including myself) were given three test blends. Those members then provided feedback and the most popular blend was then tweaked several more times until the final blend took shape.
As a part of The Great Smoke 2022 event taking place in February, a number of special exclusive release cigars will be sold. One of these is another collaboration between Espinosa Cigars and Cigar Dojo, Diet Sarsaparilla. This is a sequel of sorts to the original Sensei's Sensational Sarsaparilla that was released 2014. Sassy, for short, made a comeback in 2016 with Sensei’s Sensational Sarsaparilla II, or Sassy II and then was released nationally again this year at the PCA show.
Cigar Dojo and Alec & Bradley are collaborating again, this time on Dojo Chico. This project is an homage to the Topo Chico brand of sparkling mineral water that many cigar enthusiasts, Cigar Dojo and Blind Man's Puff included, have come to embrace while smoking a cigar.
Today, Cigar Dojo has launched a new corner of the Dojoverse, their social network platform for cigar smokers - Camp Camacho. Fans of the Camacho brand can earn bold badges and shields by completing challenges and connect with the a community of like-minded fans. This collaboration aims to bring the bold intensity and unconventional craftsmanship found at their Camp Camacho factory trip in a virtual and online form. In additional to moving through the ranks, participants will earn a place on the Camp Camacho and a select few will embark on the biggest challenge of all, initiation into the "Board of the Bold."
2018 was the first time Cigar Dojo and Cubariqueño Cigar Co. collaborated on a cigar, "Protocol K9." The next year the duo released "Protocol Night Stick." And now, in 2021, we get the "Protocol Taser." The idea of all their collaborations has been instruments of law enforcement, now including the tactical taser. It is a valuable asset to many law enforcement agencies as a non-lethal way to incapacitate perpetrators.
Drew Estate has started shipping two of their limited edition cigars: Undercrown Dojo Dogma Maduro and Undercrown ShadyXX to Drew Diplomat Retailers nationwide. Drew Estate announced the 2020 versions of these lines earlier this year as part of the #DESummerTakeover campaign and shown off on Freestyle Live: Special Edition.