While La Barba is still be part of the Caldwell family of manufacturing and distribution, they were out in their own booth this year.

Owner Tony Bellatto got a chance to show me the new stuff, with a new limited edition and a new core line that they had on display.

La Barba One & Only 2018

The limited edition this year is a new iteration of the One & Only. The name might sound familiar as it was used in 2016, however the blend is new for this year’s release.

  • Wrapper: Ecuador (Habano)
  • Binder: n/a
  • Filler: Dominican Republic, Nicaragua, U.S.A. (Pennsylvania)


  • One & Only 2018 (6 1/2 x 54) — $13 (Boxes of 10, $130)

Production: 2,000 Boxes of 10 Cigars (20,000 Total Cigars)

Launch Date: August 2018

La Barba Primitivo

The Primitivo is the third core line for La Barba. Borrowing the Primitivo name from wine culture where it’s a varietal of grape that produces bold, robust wines, similarly the Primitivo line will have a bold profile as well.

  • Wrapper: Mexico (San Andrés)
  • Binder: Indonesia
  • Filler: Dominican Republic, Nicaragua & U.S.A. (Pennsylvania)


  • La Barba Primitivo 5 3/4 x 46 — $8.60 (Boxes of 25, $215)
  • La Barba Primitivo 5 x 50 — $9.60 (Boxes of 25, $240)
  • La Barba Primitivo 6 x 54 — $10.60 (Boxes of 25, $265)
  • La Barba Primitivo 6 x 60 — $11.60 (Boxes of 25, $290)

Production: Regular Production

Launch Date: August 2018

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

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.