After numerous delays, Caldwell Cigar Co. began shipping its Anastasia Añejado 2016 to retails in April. While the new release shares a name with the company’s already existing Anastasia line—and was rolled the same year as the original release of those cigars—the blend is completely different, highlighted by a habano mejorado wrapper grown in the Dominican Republic.
Jochy Blanco and his son, José Manuel, blended two different cigars for the La Galera 85th Anniversary release. Both Blancos turned to their fathers for help: Jochy used notes from his father, José Manuel gave Jochy whiskey in exchange for help.
Released to commemorate the 85th anniversary of Tabacalera Palma—the Dominican factory owned by José “Jochy” Blanco which was founded in 1936—the La Galera 85th Anniversary is made up of two different blends. The first was blended by José Blanco while the other was blended by his son, José Manuel Blanco.