A smaller brand that is becoming a bit more well known, 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.

Maduro Doble Prensado “Extra Viejo” Special Edition Humidor

The Maduro Doble Prensado “Extra Viejo” Special Edition Humidor is quite impressive, with four different vitolas included in various amounts and priced at $334. However, the most interesting thing about it is the fact that it includes a small tray built into the lid that holds up to five mini versions of the blend so that customers can try the blend before purchasing the entire humidor. The samples can be reordered when they run out, and do not feature a band, unlike the other three sizes that are included in the box.

  • Wrapper: Mexican Arapiraca
  • Binder: Dominican Republic
  • Filler: Brazil & Dominican Republic
  • Maduro Doble Prensado “Extra Viejo” Mini (3 1/2 x 40) — 2 cents (Boxes of 5, 10 cent)
  • Maduro Doble Prensado “Extra Viejo” Robusto (5 1/4 x 50) — $7.20 (Boxes of 12, $86.40)
  • Maduro Doble Prensado “Extra Viejo” Toro (5 7/8 x 54) — $7.80 (Boxes of 15, $117)
  • Maduro Doble Prensado “Extra Viejo” Gordo (5 3/4 x 60) — $8.70 (Boxes of 15, $130.50)

Launch Date: August 2017


In addition to the limited edition humidor, DBL Cigars was showing off a brand new regular production line named Amarillo, which is named after the city in Texas. While it is not the first Connecticut-wrapped blend to be released by the brand, it is the first release to be made with a Connecticut wrapper grown in the U.S.A. as a regular production option.

  • Wrapper: Connecticut (USA)
  • Binder: Dominican Republic
  • Filler: Dominican Republic
  • Amarillo Robusto (5 x 52) — $6 (Boxes of 20, $120)
  • Amarillo Toro (5 7/8 x 56) — $6.60 (Boxes of 20, $132)
  • Amarillo Robusto (6 3/4 x 50) — $6.60 (Boxes of 20, $132)

Launch Date: August 2017

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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.