The Atabey Black Ritos, originally announced and sold as a "virtual cigar" in the form of an NFT in 2021, is making it's way to the real world in the latter half of 2023. After going through Selected Tobacco owner Nelson Alfonso’s five year aging process, the cigars are now ready to be enjoyed in United Cigar Lounges across the US. Atabey Black Ritos claimed to be the first NFT cigar in the world, limited to 25 single cigar and 10 boxes as unique digital images. The Atabey Black Ritos NFT sales proceeds were raised for Cigar Rights of the World. Now, the real life cigar will be featured at PCA 2023 in Las Vegas, NV with a scheduled ship time to retailers in December 2023.
United Cigars is adding another cigar to their holiday Firecracker collaborations lineup, this time with Rojas Cigars with the for Cinco De Mayo 2023 and the Rojas Elote Firecracker. Elote (E-Lo-Tay) is a famous Mexican dish more commonly known in the United States as Street Corn. A small flavorful snack comprised of grilled corn smothered in sauce, sprinkled cheese, and cilantro.
"I would happily smoke this cigar again. The strength by the end was noticeable but enjoyable. I am on the slower side of smoking time but I felt that it was a nice slow burner as well, never needed to relight either. Solid forty-five-minute smoke for me." -Quinn (quinnpins269)
United Cigars has announced their latest partner for their annual Firecracker cigar, All Saints. Saint Patrick is known as the patron saint of Ireland and the Feast of St. Patrick, also known as St. Patrick’s Day, is held on March 17. The Firecracker line started in 2007 when it was the first cigar on the market with a long piece of tobacco at the head shaped like a ‘wick’ or ‘fuse’ to capture its name; Firecracker. Each year, United Cigars picks a new company to make their take on the size. Firecracker cigars normally celebrate the nation’s Independence Day, but this year, United Cigars extends their holiday collaborations with the St. Patrick’s Firecracker.
United Cigars flagship lines, Natural and Maduro, were originally launched in 2010. When they first came out, they were box pressed. Now they lines have been re-blended and will be offered in new parejo (round) vitolas. Prior to this relaunch, the blends had gone through some minor alterations, but this is a total re-blend.
Nelson Alfonso of Selected Tobacco has announced that his Atabey Limited Edition Humidor will finally go on sale at PCA 2023. The item was first shown off at last years PCA show, but the company wasn't ready to take orders on it yet. Each luxury humidor with gold trim and black gloss finish contains sixty Atabey cigars, five of each size in the portfolio. The sizes included are Hechizos 4 x 40, Divinos 4 2/5 x 50, Idolos 4 x 55, Brujos 5 x 52, Sabios 5 1/4 x 52, Delirios 5 3/4 x 55, Duendes 6 1/8 x 54 (Torpedo), Spiritus 7 x 40, Ritos 6 1/8 x 55, Misticos 6 3/4 x 56, Dioses 8 x 50, and Benditos 7 1/4 x 58.
United Cigars has announced that their core United Cigars Line will now come in a traditional parejo, or round shape, along with getting an updated blend. The new format for the United Cigars line will begin shipping in Mid-April.
United Cigars is adding four new sizes to their Red Anchor for 2023. The brand goes all the way back to 1772 when Red Anchor was created by Albertus Hillen Sigarenfabriek in Delft, Holland. The brand was passed down through the family until 1890 when it was sold to Martinus Holland who continued to expand the brand into a tin format through the early 1900s until the brand went out of business in 1937.
Vintage is a term that is at times misunderstood and overused. However when Nelson Alfonso of Selected Tobacco releases blends with 5 years of post-roll age decorated by a uniquely designed humidor, the term is fitting. Byron using a unique distinction for their lines. Each line is named after a century, because Nelson tried to capture the true essence of what a great cigar was, or is, in that century. This year’s edition of Byron Humidors are limited to one size in each blend, with only 7,500 cigars rolled for each “century”; the Byron cigar line has a “century” interpretation for any cigar enthusiast.
Cigars has collaborated every year with a different cigar manufacturer to create a limited edition Firecracker cigar commemorating Independence Day. The Firecracker cigars have been a short, fat, and strong cigar historically.