A new line from Dapper Cigar Co. is being released to honor the founder’s father and grandfather.

Major Mike’s is a mixed-filler line that will be released in two different blend options: a Connecticut shade-wrapped version and a habano-wrapped version, both of which are grown in Ecuador. Regardless of the wrapper, the internal blend is the same, a combination of tobaccos from various Dapper production cigars along with some Honduran tobacco. Like many other Dapper lines, it is made at Nicaragua American Cigars S.A. (NACSA) in Estelí, Nicaragua.

The cigar is named after company owner Ian Reith’s father Michael Reith, who was in the Air Force. However, the line was inspired not just by him, but also by Ian’s grandfather Richard Reith, who was a major in the Army.

“My father was in the Air Force and smoked shade cigars often, which is why the Shade varietal is aligned that way,” said Reith in an email to halfwheel. “His father, my grandfather, was also a major, and in the Army…and, was a tank guy…which is why the artwork reflects that.”

The Connecticut shade and habano versions will be priced exactly the same and both will be packaged in 20-count bundles:

  • Major Mike’s Connecticut Shade / Habano Robusto (5 x 50) — $3.24 (Bundle of 20, $64.80)
  • Major Mike’s Connecticut Shade / Habano Toro (6 1/8 x 52) — $3.54 (Bundle of 20, $70.80)
  • Major Mike’s Connecticut Shade / Habano Double Corona (6 3/4 x 54) — $3.96 (Bundle of 20, $79.20)
  • Major Mike’s Connecticut Shade / Habano Gordo (6 x 60) — $4.08 (Bundle of 20, $81.60)

According to Reith, both versions will be shipping to retailers “within a couple weeks post show.” In addition, Reith said that is planning on releasing a maduro-wrapped version of the cigar at some point in the future.

The 2022 PCA Convention & Trade Show takes place July 9-12 in Las Vegas.

Brooks Whittington

I have been smoking cigars for over eight years. A documentary wedding photographer by trade, I spent seven years as a photojournalist for the Dallas Morning News and the Fort Worth Star Telegram. I started the cigar blog SmokingStogie in 2008 after realizing that there was a need for a cigar blog with better photographs and more in-depth information about each release. SmokingStogie quickly became one of the more influential cigar blogs on the internet, known for reviewing preproduction, prerelease, rare, extremely hard-to-find and expensive cigars. I am a co-founder of halfwheel and now serve as an editor for halfwheel.