At this year’s IPCPR Convention & Trade Show, Hiram & Solomon had not just a new general manager who promising to help the company appeal not just to those familiar with the Masonic community but all cigar smokers, but two new offerings to show off to attendees as well.

Founded by Brother George Dakrat and WB Fouad Kashouty, Hiram & Solomon cigars are produced at Plasencia Cigars S.A. in Estelí, Nicaragua and the company donates a portion of its sales proceeds to various Masonic and non-Masonic charities.

Hiram & Solomon Shriner Petit Corona

The company’s Shriner line gets its fourth size, a 5 1/2 x 42 petit corona. It keeps the same blend as the other sizes—a 6 x 52 toro, 5 x 52 robusto and 6 x 60 gran toro—and comes in the familiar 20-count boxes. As with the other vitolas in the Shriner line, a portion of the proceeds from the sale of the new size will be donated to Shriners Hospitals for Children.

  • Wrapper: Ecuadorian Sumatra
  • Binder: Indonesia
  • Filler: Brazil (Arapiraca), Dominican Republic & Nicaragua (Habano Jalapa, Ometepe)
  • Hiram & Solomon Shriner Petit Corona (5 1/2 x 42) — $7.49 (Boxes of 20, $149.80)

Production: Regular Production

Launch Date: June 2018

Hiram & Solomon Veiled Prophet Monarch

The Hiram & Solomon Veiled Prophet line gets its second size named Monarch, and like the original Grand Monarch, a 7 x 60 vitola, this one is a limited edition, with production capped at 500 boxes of 20. The blend is the same as the debut release, although unlike that cigar, the new release is not packaged in coffins.

  • Wrapper: Brazil (Arapiraca Colorado)
  • Binder: Indonesia
  • Filler: Nicaragua (Estelí Habano, Jalapa Habano Ligero) & Paraguay
  • Hiram & Solomon Veiled Prophet Monarch (6 x 54) — $10.50 (Boxes of 20, $210)

Production: 500 Boxes of 20 Cigars (10,000 Total Cigars)

Launch Date: July 2018

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