Duran Cigars Booth

The Miami-based company showed off three different new cigars at the show, including its first ever Ecuadorian Connecticut-wrapped Azul blend.

Duran Neya F8 Texas Tatical Lancero
Duran Neya F8 Texas Tactical Lancero

Measuring in at 7 x 40, the seventh release in Duran’s Neya F8 line is also the skinniest. Dubbed the Texas Tactical Lancero, the new cigar incorporates an Ecuadorian corojo maduro wrapper as well as Nicaraguan tobaccos in the filler. The lancero retails for $8 each packaged in boxes of 15 and is scheduled to ship in September.

  • Wrapper: Ecuadorian Corojo Maduro
  • Binder: Nicaragua
  • Filler: Nicaragua
  • Duran Neya F8 Texas Tactical Lancero (7 x 40) — $8 (Boxes of 15, $120)

Launch Date: September 2016

Production: Regular Production

Duran Cigars Azan Blue Connecticut
Duran Azan Blue Connecticut

A new release in the Azan line just also happens to be the first time an Ecuadorian Connecticut wrapper has been used on an Azan blend. The Azan Blue Connecticut debuted in three different vitolas—Robusto, Toro de Luxe and Campana—that are all packaged in boxes of 20 that are scheduled to ship in September.

  • Wrapper: Ecuadorian Connecticut
  • Binder: Nicaragua
  • Filler: Nicaragua
  • Duran Azan Blue Connecticut Campana (6 x 52) — $7.50 (Boxes of 20, $150)
  • Duran Azan Blue Connecticut Robusto (5 x 50) — $7 (Boxes of 20, $140)
  • Duran Azan Blue Connecticut Toro de Luxe (6 1/2 x 54) — $8 (Boxes of 20, $160)

Launch Date: September 2016

Production: Regular Production

Duran Nicatabaco Factory Blend No. 5 Connecticut
Duran Nicatabaco Factory Blend No. 5 Connecticut

The final new cigar from the company is the Duran Nicatabaco Factory Blend No. 5 Connecticut, a blend composed of an Ecuadorian Connecticut wrapper covering both a binder and filler blend made up of Nicaraguan tobacco. There are five different sizes available packaged in bundles of 20 that are scheduled to ship in September.

  • Wrapper: Ecuadorian Connecticut
  • Binder: Nicaragua
  • Filler: Nicaragua
  • Duran Nicatabaco Factory Blend No. 5 Connecticut Churchill (7 x 50) — $2.50 (Bundles of 20, $50)
  • Duran Nicatabaco Factory Blend No. 5 Connecticut Minuto (4 1/2 x 42) — $1.70 (Bundles of 20, $34)
  • Duran Nicatabaco Factory Blend No. 5 Connecticut Robusto (4 7/8 x 50) — $2 (Bundles of 20, $40)
  • Duran Nicatabaco Factory Blend No. 5 Connecticut Toro (5 7/8 x 52) — $2.20 (Bundles of 20, $44)
  • Duran Nicatabaco Factory Blend No. 5 Connecticut Toro de Luxe (6 x 56) — $2.40 (Bundles of 20, $48)

Launch Date: September 2016

Production: Regular Production

Davidoff is the official sponsor of halfwheel's coverage of the 2016 IPCPR Convention & Trade Show.

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.