After releasing two new blends at last year’s IPCPR Convention & Trade Show—one of which was a Canadian exclusive—Dominion Cigar, Inc. followed that up this year with one new release as well as an expanded availability for another of its creations.

While the Dominion booth had the same basic layout as in previous years, the space was dominated by a large, eye-catching backdrop with a logo for the company’s newest release, the Dominion Venus. The booth also included a number of Dominion’s other releases, including the Confederation, Black Lotus and Classic, the latter of which will now be shipped to Canada by the end of the year.

Dominion Venus

Like the Confederation line last year, the Dominion Venus is a Canadian exclusive release, although the company is looking into getting it into the U.S. market before the end of the year. Brand owner Steve Riker told me that the logo was drawn by an artist he knows who works primarily on video game covers.

  • Wrapper: Honduras (Habano)
  • Binder: Honduras (Sumatra)
  • Filler: Honduras & Nicaragua
  • Dominion Venus (7 x 70) — $24 (Boxes of 10, $240)

Production: Regular Production

Launch Date: July 2018

Dominion Confederation

Speaking of the Confederation blend, the former Canadian exclusive limited release will now not only be available in the U.S., but also will now be a regular production product. Originally released at last year’s show to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Canadian Confederation—i.e. Canadian independence—the cigar was previously limited to just 550 boxes of 10.

  • Wrapper: U.S.A. (Connecticut Broadleaf)
  • Binder: Ecuador (Sumatra)
  • Filler: Nicaragua
  • Dominion Confederation (6 1/2 x 52) — $20.99 (Boxes of 10, $209.90)

Production: Regular Production

Launch Date: July 2018

Davidoff is the official sponsor of halfwheel's coverage of the 2018 IPCPR Convention & Trade Show.
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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.