IPCPR 2019: Casa Cuevas

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Over the past year or so, the Casa Cuevas name has been appearing on more and more retail shelves, and this year the company is making an impression at the IPCPR Convention & Trade Show, setting up a sleek and attractive new booth that is showcasing both the company’s core lines as well as three new offerings.

The Cuevas family has been making cigars for some time, but only recently has put its own name out there, and the results seem to be promising. On top of three core lines, the company is bringing back the Casa Cuevas Reserva project from the early 2000s and turning an incredibly unfortunate event into the launchpad for a new cigar.

Casa Cuevas Reserva Natural

Originally released in the early 2000s but pulled in favor of a focus on the company’s contract and client-based projects. Seeing as how Casa Cuevas returned to the market in 2016, the time has finally come for the Reserva to be re-released. It gets two blends and three vitolas, and of a more sentimental note, the box adds a fourth coin and a fifth star to the company’s logo; the coin features the United States flag while the start represents the fifth generation of the Cuevas family to be in the business, and both are a nod to Alec Cuevas, Luis Cuevas Jr.’s son.

  • Wrapper: Ecuador (Connecticut)
  • Binder: Habano
  • Filler: Dominican Republic & Nicaragua
  • Casa Cuevas Reserva Natural Toro (6 x 50) — $9.90 (Box of 20, $198)
  • Casa Cuevas Reserva Natural Torpedo (6 1/4 x 52) — $10.40 (Box of 20, $208)
  • Casa Cuevas Reserva Natural Robusto (5 x 52) — $9.50 (Box of 20, $190)

Production: Regular Production

Release Date: Mid-July 2019

Casa Cuevas Reserva Maduro

The other blend in the Casa Cuevas Reserva line, it is easy to tell apart due to a much, much darker wrapper leaf.

  • Wrapper: Mexico (San Andrés)
  • Binder: Dominican Republic (Piloto Cubano)
  • Filler: Dominican Republic & Nicaragua (Ometepe)
  • Casa Cuevas Reserva Maduro Toro (6 x 50) — $10.90 (Box of 20, $218)
  • Casa Cuevas Reserva Maduro Torpedo (6 1/4 x 52) — $11.40 (Box of 20, $228)
  • Casa Cuevas Reserva Maduro Robusto (5 x 52) — $10.50 (Box of 20, $210)

Production: Regular Production

Release Date: Mid-July 2019

Casa Cuevas La Mandarria

Casa Cuevas turned a break-in and burglary into the inspiration for a new cigar, as the name means the sledgehammer in Spanish, a nod to what burglars used to smash through a wall and steal over 25,000 cigars from the company’s headquarters in Miami. It’s a fuller version of the company’s red-banded Habano line, the fullest blend the company has released, and while it wears the same primary band, it adds a secondary band denoting it as an Edición Limitada, while the pigtail cap and shaggy foot are also identifying features.

  • Wrapper: Ecuador (Habano)
  • Binder: Nicaragua
  • Filler: Colombia, Dominican Republic & Nicaragua
  • Casa Cuevas La Mandarria (6 x 52) — $12 (Box of 20, $240)

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

Release Date: July 2019

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Patrick Lagreid
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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 MLB.com, plus I'm a voice over artist. I previously covered the Phoenix and national cigar scene for Examiner.com, and was an editor for Cigar Snob magazine.

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