IPCPR 2017: Blanco Cigar Co.

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Unlike a number of cigar companies, David Blanco of Blanco Cigar Co. came stocked with new blends to show off. While one of those was a bundle cigar available in three different wrappers, there was also a small vitola in one of the company’s best selling brands.

In addition, the company was showing off a collaboration with Bryan Glynn of CigarObsession.com. The aptly named Cigar Obsession line has three different blends named after the sections that most cigar reviews are broken down into when being described: 1st Third, 2nd Third and Final Third. Each of the three blends are available in two of the same vitolas—Robusto and Toro—while the remaining two sizes are different depending on the line.

NINE Mineto

A new addition to the Blanco NINE brand, the 4 x 38 Minuto is the smallest vitola so far in the line and is the only size packaged in paper-wrapped five-packs. It joins five already existing vitolas in the NINE blend, all of which are packaged in 20-count boxes.

  • Wrapper: Nicaraguan Corojo Oscuro
  • Binder: Nicaragua
  • Filler: Nicaragua
  • Blanco NINE Minuto (4 x 38) — $3.39 (Packs of 5, $16.95)

Launch Date: August 2017

Cigar Obsession 1st Third

This version of the Cigar Obsession line uses a Ecuadorian Sumatra wrapper, and all four vitolas are box-pressed.

  • Wrapper: Ecuadorian Sumatra
  • Binder: Nicaragua
  • Filler: Nicaragua
  • Cigar Obsession 1st Third Robusto (5 x 52) — $8 (Packs of 5, $40)
  • Cigar Obsession 1st Third Toro (6 x 52) — $10 (Packs of 5, $50)
  • Cigar Obsession 1st Third Lancero (7 x 38) — $9 (Packs of 5, $45)
  • Cigar Obsession 1st Third Solomon (6 x 54) — $13 (Packs of 5, $65)

Launch Date: August 2015

Cigar Obsession 2nd Third

This version of the Cigar Obsession line uses a Cameroon wrapper, the first time that Blanco has released a Cameroon-wrapped blend.

  • Wrapper: Cameroon
  • Binder: Nicaragua
  • Filler: Nicaragua
  • Cigar Obsession 2nd Third Robusto (5 x 52) — $8 (Packs of 5, $40)
  • Cigar Obsession 2nd Third Toro (6 x 52) — $10 (Packs of 5, $50)
  • Cigar Obsession 2nd Third Churchill (7 x 48) — $12 (Packs of 5, $60)
  • Cigar Obsession 2nd Third Perfecto (6 1/8 x 52) — $15 (Packs of 5, $75)

Launch Date: July 2016

Cigar Obsession Final Third

This version of the Cigar Obsession line uses a habano wrapper.

  • Wrapper: Habano
  • Binder: Nicaragua
  • Filler: Nicaragua
  • Cigar Obsession Second Third Robusto (5 x 52) — $13 (Packs of 5, $65)
  • Cigar Obsession Second Third Toro (6 x 52) — $15 (Packs of 5, $75)
  • Cigar Obsession Second Third Lancero (7 x 38) — $14 (Packs of 5, $70)
  • Cigar Obsession Second Third Torpedo (6 1/2 x 54) — $3.39 (Packs of 5, $16.50)

Launch Date: August 2017

Primos Classic Natural

A new bundle brand from Blanco Cigar Co., the Primos Classic line is a mixed filler line available in the same five vitolas with one of three different wrappers and are packaged in bundles of 20.

  • Wrapper: Nicaragua
  • Binder: Nicaragua
  • Filler: Nicaragua (Mixed)
  • Primos Classic Natural Double Corona (7 x 52) — $3.37 (Bundles of 20, $67.40)
  • Primos Classic Natural Torpedo (6.5 x 52) — $3.22 (Bundles of 20, $64.40)
  • Primos Classic Natural Double Robusto (5 x 52) — $2.99 (Bundles of 20, $59.80)
  • Primos Classic Natural Toro (6 x 52) — $3.12 (Bundles of 20, $62.40)
  • Primos Classic Natural Poqutio (7 x 52) — $2.50 (Bundles of 20, $50)

Launch Date: July 2016

Primos Classic Maduro

The same blend and sizes as above, but using a habano maduro wrapper.

  • Wrapper: Habano Maduro
  • Binder: Nicaragua
  • Filler: Nicaragua (Mixed)
  • Primos Classic Maduro Double Corona (7 x 52) — $3.37 (Bundles of 20, $67.40)
  • Primos Classic Maduro Torpedo (6.5 x 52) — $3.22 (Bundles of 20, $64.40)
  • Primos Classic Maduro Double Robusto (5 x 52) — $2.99 (Bundles of 20, $59.80)
  • Primos Classic Maduro Toro (6 x 52) — $3.12 (Bundles of 20, $62.40)
  • Primos Classic Maduro Poqutio (7 x 52) — $2.50 (Bundles of 20, $50)

Launch Date: July 2017

Primos Classic Sumatra

Just like the above two blends, but with an Indonesian Sumatra wrapper.

  • Wrapper: Indonesian Sumatra
  • Binder: Nicaragua
  • Filler: Nicaragua (Mixed)
  • Primos Classic Sumatra Double Corona (7 x 52) — $3.37 (Bundles of 20, $67.40)
  • Primos Classic Sumatra Torpedo (6.5 x 52) — $3.22 (Bundles of 20, $64.40)
  • Primos Classic Sumatra Double Robusto (5 x 52) — $2.99 (Bundles of 20, $59.80)
  • Primos Classic Sumatra Toro (6 x 52) — $3.12 (Bundles of 20, $62.40)
  • Primos Classic Sumatra Poqutio (7 x 52) — $2.50 (Bundles of 20, $50)

Launch Date: July 2017

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