Flor y Nata Updated Core Lines Ship


Modern Tobacconist Art, a Dominican-based cigar company best known for its Flor y Nata ad Noxio lines, has given its portfolio an updated look that is now on its way to retailers.


The company started by updated its primary logo for the Flor y Nata brand to a flower design that ties in closer with the brand’s name, which is being used on the boxes and bands of the recently shipped cigars. The company made its entry into the U.S. market in 2015 after launching in the Dominican Republic in 2013.

Joan Manuel Rodriguez, who heads the operation, has also given the most recent collection of cigars its own name, In The Garden of Good and Evil, which is made up of two lines, a habano-wrapped version called Loyalty, and a maduro called Temptation. Additionally, he has added new vitola names to the cigars in the line; the corona (5 1/2 x 46) is now called The Flower of Envy, the robusto (5 x 52) is The Flower of Lust, and the toro (6 x 54) is now The Flower of Fury.

While the blends are remaining largely the same from previous iterations, Rodriguez told halfwheel that he has made them a bit stronger based on requests from his customers. Both cigars use a Dominican negrito binder over a mixture of Dominican corojo, HVA and habano 2020 tobacco. For the Loyalty line, a Dominican HVA wrapper is used, while the Temptation line gets a Dominican negrito Canca wrapper.

Images courtesy of Joan Manuel Rodriguez/Modern Tobacconist Art.

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