The latest cigar from the East India Trading Company, the Classic Cigar Havana Blend, has begun to arrive in stores on schedule with the company’s promise to have it shipped shortly after the 2014 IPCPR Convention and Trade Show.


The cigar uses a Mexican San Andrés wrapper and a blend of proprietary Nicaraguan fillers, with some 20 blends considered before a final version was settled on. In a press release at the time of the cigar’s announcement, Juan Lopez,  national sales director for Gurkha, said that “after a few years of searching for the right wrapper and combination of tobaccos, we created this beautiful San Andrés wrapped Nicaraguan masterpiece; we are very proud to unveil it as our best creation from the East India Trading Company yet. A cigar worthy of its name: A true Classic.”

The cigar is being offered in four box-pressed sizes: Figurado (6 x 58, $8.99), Robusto (5 1/2 x 52, $7.99), Toro (6 x 54, $8.99) and XO (6 x 60, $9.99). Production is being handled by American Caribbean Tobacco S.A. in Estelí, Nicaragua, the same factory producing the Gurkha Royal Challenge Maduro, which also debuted at the trade show.

Classic Cigar Havana Blend

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, plus I'm a voice over artist. I previously covered the Phoenix and national cigar scene for, and was an editor for Cigar Snob magazine.