For a company that has a decidedly Russian symbol for its brand, their booth was very Scottish themed this year and quite hard to miss.

Hammer + Sickle Trademark Maduro

Hammer + Sickle Trademark Series Maduro
Before we get to the reason for the Scottish theme though, Hammer + Sickle had its new Trademark Maduro at the show. Formerly known as the Icon Series, the company changed the name after a trademark dispute and not wanting to pursue the costly litigation. The new Maduro uses a San Andrés wrapper and comes in all the same sizes as the regular Trademark line: Robusto (5 x 50, $8.70), Toro (6 x 50, $8.70) and Churchill (7  x 48, $9.10).

All three will come in boxes of 20 and should be shipping in August.

Hammer + Sickle The Caleanoch

The Caleanoch
The new exciting cigar at the show though was The Caleanoch. It’s the first cigar to use peat fire-cured tobacco and will be debuting in one size, a 6 x 50 toro and retail for $12.50.


The first release will feature 25 percent of the filler that is peat fired-cured, giving the cigar a light but mild peat flavor. The blend uses a Ecuadorian Connecticut wrapper and corojo for the binder and filler. Future releases planned will have 50 percent and 75 percent of the filler being peat fire-cured, giving the cigar a much stronger flavor.

While release dates for those version weren’t announced, Hammer + Sickle is expecting the extensions to be released within the next year. The first release should ship within the next month and will come in a 12-count tube that looks like the packing used for bottles of scotch.

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