Sometimes you catch people on the ground floor at the show. This time, the ground floor was shared with RoMa Craft Tobac and Pospiech, Inc., which is now distributing FQ Cigars.

There was however plenty to talk about. While not completely new to the cigar game, owner Matt Hunt talked to me about some upcoming wide releases and his new distribution deal. Of note, none of the new product was there, so there are no pictures.

Phenom No. 1
This is one of the regular production cigars, produced at the NACSA factory.

  • Wrapper: Ecuadorian Connecticut
  • Binder: Nicaragua
  • Filler: Dominican Republic & Nicaragua
  • Phenom No. 1 Churchill (7 x 48) — $8.50 (Boxes of 20, $170)
  • Phenom No. 1 Robusto (5 x 50) — $7 (Boxes of 20, $140)
  • Phenom No. 1 Toro (6 x 50) — $8 (Boxes of 20, $160)

Launch Date: July 2017

FQ Phenom No. 3
This is the maduro version of the Phenom blend.

  • Wrapper: Ecuadorian Habano Maduro
  • Binder: Nicaragua
  • Filler: Honduras & Nicaragua
  • FQ Phenom No. 3 Churchill (7 x 48) — $8.50 (Boxes of 20, $170)
  • FQ Phenom No. 3 Robusto (5 x 50) — $7 (Boxes of 20, $140)
  • FQ Phenom No. 3 Toro (6 x 50) — $8 (Boxes of 20, $160)

Launch Date: July 2017

FQ Proper
With a soft launch last year, this is the flagship cigar for the company, with all the cigars selected by Hunt himself. While yearly production isn’t set in stone, it’s fairly low with only around 1,000 cigars a year released. Pricing will range from $10 to $11.50 per cigar.

  • Wrapper: Ecuadorian Habano Oscuro
  • Binder: Honduras
  • Filler: Honduras, Connecticut Broadleaf
  • FQ Proper Corona Gorda (5 5/8 x 46)
  • FQ Proper Robusto (5 x 50)
  • FQ Proper Toro Gordo (6 x 54)

Launch Date: November 2017

Davidoff is the official sponsor of halfwheel's coverage of the 2017 IPCPR Convention & Trade Show.
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Brian Burt

I have been smoking cigars since 2005 and reviewing them as a hobby since 2010. Initially, I started out small with a 50-count humidor and only smoking one or two cigars a month. Not knowing anybody else that smoked cigars, it was only an occasional hobby that I took part in. In March of 2010, I joined Nublive and Cigar Asylum, connecting me with many people who also shared an interest in cigars. Reading what they had to say about brands I had never heard of, I quickly immersed myself in the boutique brands of the industry and it was then that cigars transformed from a hobby into a passion.