Although not a well known brand yet, Dominican Big Leaguer Cigars was founded in 2013 by Francisco Almonte, who was introduced to tobacco by his father, a master roller for Arturo Fuente Cigar Co.

Dominican Big League Cigars Booth

The company was not only showing off two new blends, but also a baseball bat cigar that just about everyone in the booth was smoking and that comes packaged in its own coffin.

Dominican Big League Cigars Derrame II

Dominican Big Leaguer Derrame II

The most interesting release from the company was the Derrame II, which is sold in boxes containing 49 of the same blend, but 40 of the cigars are box-pressed while the remaining nine cigars are round. The cigar itself is a 6 1/4 x 56 toro gordo that retails for $9.20 and is made up of an Ecuadorian Sumatra oscuro sungrown wrapper, Peruvian binder and Dominican fillers. Only 200 boxes of 49 were produced.

  • Wrapper: Ecuadorian Sumatra oscuro sungrown
  • Binder: Peru
  • Filler: Dominican Republic
  • Dominican Big Leaguer Derrame II (6 1/4 x 56) — $9.20 (Boxes of 49, $450.80)

Launch Date: Shipping after the show

Production: 200 Boxes of 49 (9,800 Total Cigars)

Dominican Big League Cigars 2nd Generacion

Dominican Big Leaguer Second Generation

The next new release from the company is the Second Generation, a limited release in a 6 5/8 x 52 toro vitola with only 500 boxes of 18 produced. Blend-wise, the cigar features an Ecuadorian Cameroon wrapper covering a Dominican binder and filler tobaccos from the Dominican Republic.

  • Wrapper: Ecuadorian Cameroon
  • Binder: Dominican Republic
  • Filler: Dominican Republic
  • Dominican Big Leaguer Second Generation (6 5/8 x 52) — $8.50 (Boxes of 18, $153)

Launch Date: Shipping after the show

Production: 500 Boxes of 18 (9,000 Total Cigars)

Dominican Big League Baseball Bat

Dominican Big Leaguer Cigar Baseball Bat

Yes, it looks just like a baseball bat, only smaller and more smokable. The cigar itself is a 7 x 64 figurado that comes packaged in its own glass-topped coffin and retails for $15.90 each. While the binder and filler tobaccos are from the Dominican Republic, there are three different choices for the wrapper: habano with Mexican San Andrés accents, Connecticut natural with Connecticut maduro accents or Mexican San Andrés with habano accents.

  • Wrapper: Connecticut natural with Connecticut maduro accents, habano with Mexican San Andrés accents or Mexican San Andrés with habano accents
  • Binder: Dominican Republic
  • Filler: Dominican Republic
  • Dominican Big Leaguer Cigar Baseball Bat (7 x 64) — $15.90 (Coffin of 1,$15.90)

Launch Date: Shipping after the show

Production: Limited production

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Brooks Whittington

I have been smoking cigars for over eight years. A documentary wedding photographer by trade, I spent seven years as a photojournalist for the Dallas Morning News and the Fort Worth Star Telegram. I started the cigar blog SmokingStogie in 2008 after realizing that there was a need for a cigar blog with better photographs and more in-depth information about each release. SmokingStogie quickly became one of the more influential cigar blogs on the internet, known for reviewing preproduction, prerelease, rare, extremely hard-to-find and expensive cigars. I am a co-founder of halfwheel and now serve as an editor for halfwheel.