More than three years from when it was first announced and nearly a year from its scheduled release to retail, the Carpe Noctem from Emilio Cigars has finally found a home: Smokin’ Joe’s and Old City Cigar in Alcoa, Tenn.

Cody Hicks of Smokin’ Joe’s confirmed to halfwheel that the store recently came to an agreement to buy all 275 boxes of the cigar that were made: 100 boxes of the Robusto (5 x 50), 75 boxes of the Toro (6 x 50) and 100 boxes of the 6 x 60. All three sizes come in 21-count boxes, and Hicks told halfwheel that the cigars will have a bit lower pricing than the $9-10 pricing they were originally announced with: the Robusto will sell for $163 per box, the Toro for $169 and the 6 x 60 for $175, bringing the single stick price to around $8. With the cigars in transit to the store, Smokin’ Joe’s is accepting orders via its website, with the cigars also available in their brick-and-mortar locations.


The cigars were made at A.J. Fernandez’s Tabacalera Fernandez S.A. in Nicaragua, and became known for being Emilio’s fullest release to date, with a blend of Pennsylvania broadleaf for the wrapper and Nicaraguan binder and filler. Hicks said the cigars he will be selling were rolled in mid-2014 and noted that it was still very strong but has picked up a subtle smoothness as well.

The Emilio Carpe Noctem had been talked about since June 2012 when Gary Griffith announced seven new lines that were intended to be sold at various points in the coming year, with the Carpe Noctem slated for release in the first week of 2013. That didn’t happen, and the cigar didn’t reappear in earnest until the 2014 IPCPR Convention & Trade Show where orders were taken for it but never fulfilled. The cigar sat in what seemed like perpetual limbo, and with Griffith leaving House of Emilio officially in May 2015, left a question mark as to what would become of this release.

While Carpe Noctem has found a home, both Hicks and a representative from Emilio Cigars confirmed that there are no plans to produce additional cigars.

Davidoff is the official sponsor of halfwheel's coverage of the 2015 IPCPR Convention & Trade Show.

Patrick Lagreid

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