The Fall 2021 edition of Cigar Rights of America’s Freedom Sampler is beginning to arrive at stores, and as usual, contains 10 cigars from the some of the industry’s biggest companies. This year’s version also includes a new cigar from Tatuaje and a cigar from Arturo Fuente that has been very hard to come by.

Included in each pack are the following cigars:

The 10th cigar will come from the following group of cigars, and thus varies from sampler to sampler:

  • Alec Bradley Fine & Rare HJ10-i (2016)
  • Diamond Crown MAXIMUS No. 5
  • Fuente Fuente OpusX Shark
  • La Aroma de Cuba Small Batch #225
  • La Flor Dominicana Andalusian Bull
  • Oliva Serie V Melanio Maduro Limited Edition

As for the new and notable cigars in the samplers, the Tatuaje Shaggy Pumpkin is a 6 x 52 toro that has a small, unfinished foot to give the smoker a chance to taste the flavor of the filler and binder for a bit before the burn line hits the wrapper and its flavors are added to the profile. As for the blend, it is a change from previous Pumpkin releases, with Pete Johnson selecting a Nicaraguan corojo wrapper to go over a Nicaraguan double binder and filler. Previous Pumpkin releases have used a Mexican San Andrés wrapper, with Johnson saying he made the change to keep the series interesting and contribute something exclusive for the sampler. The cigars are produced at My Father Cigars S.A. in Estelí, Nicaragua.

Also coming out of the My Father Cigars factory is a cigar that Janny Garcia said has not been sold before, noting that it comes from a group of cigars that have only been available at events. Details about the blend, as well as the dimensions of the cigar, have not yet been confirmed by the company.

Oliva has contributed the Serie V Melanio Edición Limitada 2021, a 4 x 60 vitola that had previously only been outside of the U.S. The company is also contributing its Serie V Melanio Maduro Limited Edition, which comes in a 7 x 50 Churchill vitola, though it won’t be featured in every pack, as several manufacturers have come together to provide the 10th cigar in each sampler.

In that group as well is the La Aroma de Cuba Small Batch #225, a cigar that is only sold at Ashton Cigar Bar in Philadelphia, Pa. It is a 6 x 52 toro that debuted around 2015 and uses a Mexican San Andrés maduro wrapper over a Nicaraguan binder and filler.

Arturo Fuente has contributed a cigar from its Rare Pinks Vintage 1960’s Series, the 5 1/2 x 53 perfecto named Happy Ending that was part of the four original vitolas. The line, which debuted in December 2020 and has been extremely limited in its availability, uses an Ecuadorian wrapper over a Nicaraguan binder and filler, including tobacco that comes from the company’s farms in Estelí. The company is also adding the Fuente Fuente OpusX Shark as one of the possible randomly assigned cigars in the packs.

A total of 6,000 packs have been produced, and while the MSRP is $160, retailers are allowed to establish pricing based on their market. Purchasers of the sampler also receive a membership to Cigar Rights of America, with the organization using funds raised from sales of the samplers to support its legal defense fund.

Patrick Lagreid

I strive to capture the essence of a cigar and the people behind them in my work – every cigar you light up is the culmination of the work of countless people and often represents generations of struggle and stories. For me, it’s about so much more than the cigar – it’s about the story behind it, the experience of enjoying the work of artisans and the way that a good cigar can bring people together. In addition to my work with halfwheel, I’m the public address announcer for the Colorado Rockies and Arizona Diamondbacks during spring training, as well as for the Salt River Rafters of the Arizona Fall League, the WNBA's Phoenix Mercury and the Arizona Rattlers of the Indoor Football League. I also work in a number of roles for MLB.com, plus I'm a voice over artist. I previously covered the Phoenix and national cigar scene for Examiner.com, and was an editor for Cigar Snob magazine.