Indianhead Cigars is set to release Team Meerkat, the third and final new and limited line of cigars it previewed earlier this year in The Black Bag Job.

  • Team Meerkat Suricata Suricatta (6 1/4 x 60) — $11 (Pack of 5, $55) — 440 Bundles of 5 Cigars (2,200 Total Cigars)
  • Team Meerkat Sentry (5 3/4 x 54) — $9 (Pack of 5, $45) — 290 Bundles of 5 Cigars (1,450 Total Cigars)
  • Team Meerkat Mob (5 1/4 x 52) — $8.75 (Pack of 5, $43.75) — 307 Bundles of 5 Cigars (1,535 Total Cigars)
  • Team Meerkat Forager (3 1/2 x 46) — $6.50 (Pack of 5, $32.50) — 65 Bundles of 5 Cigars (325 Total Cigars)
  • Team Meerkat Rival Mob (5 3/4 x 54) — $9 (Pack of 5, $45) — 110 Bundles of 5 Cigars (550 Total Cigars)
  • Team Meerkat Bolt Holes (5 x 46) — $7.50 (Pack of 5, $37.50) — 180 Bundles of 5 Cigars (900 Total Cigars)

Team Meerkat made it first appearance as part of the The Black Bag Job, a three cigar sampler that Indianhead Cigars released in mid-May as a glimpse into the cigar library of Jochy Blanco’s Tabacalera Palma in the Dominican Republic. Like those other two lines, Palindrome and Seek & Select, little is being disclosed about Team Meerkat, as the company is keeping the blend under wraps. The lines have never been released before, and are generally referred to as test projects, some of which were done to explore the effects of aging on certain types of tobacco. When announcing The Black Bag Job, the company estimated the average cigar in the set had about six years of age on it.

Instead, the company announced the cigars accompanied by the following story:

On a warm day in July many years ago a group of Meerkat businessmen arrived in the Dominican. They were all dressed in perfectly tailored Meerkat suits and handmade Meerkat shoes. We knew they were serious about cigars because they wore over 13 bracelets each.

The blending process was much easier than normal because the Team always kept a look out for production problems and predators. This allowed our rollers to focus purely on quality without having to worry about a lion sneaking up on them.

T.M. (Team Meerkat) was a great mob to work with. We had many offers from other rival Mobs to make them cigars, but we decided we did not want to get into a great Meerkat war, but we put the Dominican Air Force on high alert just in case.

We hope you enjoyed the Black Bag Job as much as we did. We hope it provided some smiles.

Team Meerkat will begin shipping on Monday, Aug. 10.

Images courtesy of Indianhead Cigars.


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.