Esteban Carreras Cigars had a new booth this year that was quite a bit more polished than what the company had last year, with a round footprint and lighted sections to show off cigars.

Esteban Carrereras Booth

The brand is named after an organizer who railed against the takeover of tobacco fields during the Cuban revolution, and released one new blend at the show this year, the Hell Cat.

Esteban Carrereras Hell Cat

Esteban Carreras Hell Cat

Sold in boxes of 20, the new Hell Cat debuts in three box-pressed vitolas and incorporates a Mexican San Andrés wrapper covering Nicaraguan tobacco in both the binder and filler. It is a regular production offering that is scheduled to ship to retailers in September.

  • Wrapper: Mexican San Andrés
  • Binder: Nicaragua
  • Filler: Nicaragua
  • Esteban Carreras Hell Cat Large Robusto (5 1/2 x 54) — $8 (Box of 20, $160)
  • Esteban Carreras Hell Cat Sesenta (6 1/2 x 54) — $9 (Box of 20, $180)
  • Esteban Carreras Hell Cat Toro Gordo (6 x 58) — $10 (Box of 20, $200)

Launch Date: September 2016

Production: Regular 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.