Before the trade show started, we had an internal debate about whether the Barrel Aged by Karel Malone—the cigar—is new. It was here last year—in the same booth Karl Malone and company brought in 2018—but the cigar never shipped to stores. That’s slated to happen this month through Miami Cigar & Co.

As for the booth, it’s a very orange structure. I saw Malone a few times throughout the weekend, but each time I stopped by the booth he was either in a meeting or not in the booth. I’ve met Malone a few times over the years and he’s always been extremely nice.

Barrel Aged by Karl Malone

There have been a lot of athletes that have had cigars with their name on them. This is different. Malone is a passionate cigar smoker, someone that has been to the Dominican Republic more times than I have over the last few years. He’s worked with La Aurora, he’s tried to learn about tobacco and he’s also opted—for whatever reason—to wait a year to release this cigar.

  • Wrapper: Ecuador
  • Binder: Ecuador
  • Filler: Dominican Republic, Nicaragua & Peru
  • Barrel Aged by Karl Malone Robusto (5 x 50) — $9 (Box of 20, $180)
  • Barrel Aged by Karl Malone Belicoso (6 1/4 x 52) — $11 (Box of 20, $220)
  • Barrel Aged by Karl Malone Sumo Toro (5 3/4 x 54) — $11 (Box of 20, $220)
  • Barrel Aged by Karl Malone Churchill (7 x 47) — $10 (Box of 20, $200)

Production: Regular Production

Release Date: July 2019

Davidoff is the official sponsor of halfwheel's coverage of the 2019 IPCPR Convention & Trade Show.
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Charlie Minato

I am an editor and co-founder of Media, LLC. I previously co-founded and published TheCigarFeed, one of the two predecessors of halfwheel. I handle the editing of our written content, the majority of the technical aspects of the site and work with the rest of our staff on content management, business development and more. I’ve lived in most corners of the country and now entering my second stint in Dallas, Texas. I enjoy boxing, headphones, the Le Mans 24-hour, wearing sweatshirts year-round and gyros. echte liebe.