One of the consistent attendees at the IPCPR Convention & Trade Show, Garo Cigars is a fairly small operation based out of Glendale, Calif. that focuses on brick-and-mortar retailers.

While the company was on the list of those that wouldn’t have new products on display, it turns out they did show up with a new lancero. Additionally, last year’s 20th Anniversary robusto is getting its widespread release now.

Garo Maduro Especial ME740

The new size is one that Harout Bouldoukian, Garo’s son, is particularly fond of, and while he originally wasn’t sure if it would be ready to present at this year’s trade show, it was obvious he was quite glad it was. It uses the same blend as the original line, and is offered at under $10 a cigar.

  • Wrapper: Ecuador
  • Binder: Indonesia
  • Filler: Undisclosed
  • Garo Maduro Especial ME740 (7 x 40) — $9.63 (Boxes of 27, $260)

Production: Regular Production

Launch Date: July 2018

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

Patrick Lagreid

I strive to capture the essence of a cigar and the people behind them in my work – every cigar you light up is the culmination of the work of countless people and often represents generations of struggle and stories. For me, it’s about so much more than the cigar – it’s about the story behind it, the experience of enjoying the work of artisans and the way that a good cigar can bring people together. In addition to my work with halfwheel, I’m the public address announcer for the Colorado Rockies and Arizona Diamondbacks during spring training, as well as for the Salt River Rafters of the Arizona Fall League, the WNBA's Phoenix Mercury and the Arizona Rattlers of the Indoor Football League. I also work in a number of roles for, plus I'm a voice over artist. I previously covered the Phoenix and national cigar scene for, and was an editor for Cigar Snob magazine.