This year the Gran Habano booth was nestled away in the corner of the show that seemed to always be dead – however when we visited the booth there were actually a good number of people meeting with the Gran Habano team. Though they were busy, Guillermo Rico was kind enough to show us around.

S T K Barracuda Maduro

George Rico S.T.K. Miami Zulu Zulu Mas Paz Edition 2014
The S.T.K. Zulu Zulu has a new release again, this year featuring box art from a Colombian born street artist who goes by the name Mas Paz. It will be released in three sizes, a 7 1/2 x 40 lancero, 5 5/8 x 46 corona gorda and a 6 x 54 vitola called Rolo. MSRP for the three sizes ranges from $8.25 to $9.27.

S.T.K. Barracuda Maduro
The S.T.K. Barracuda line is also getting expanded with a maduro version that has a slightly tweaked blend. The Maduro will be released in late July and come in a 5 x 52 ($8.00), a 6 1/2 x 54 ($8.50) and a 5 5/8 x 46 ($7.50). There will only be 200 boxes of 10 cigars made for each size.

George Rico S T K Miami Zulu Zulu Mas Paz Edition 2014

Brian Burt

I have been smoking cigars since 2005 and reviewing them as a hobby since 2010. Initially, I started out small with a 50-count humidor and only smoking one or two cigars a month. Not knowing anybody else that smoked cigars, it was only an occasional hobby that I took part in. In March of 2010, I joined Nublive and Cigar Asylum, connecting me with many people who also shared an interest in cigars. Reading what they had to say about brands I had never heard of, I quickly immersed myself in the boutique brands of the industry and it was then that cigars transformed from a hobby into a passion.