Let’s get this out of the way, The American is still not available for purchase at the trade show, but it’s almost for sale. J.C. Newman’s ambitious project for an all-American cigar still doesn’t have the central focus of the joint Arturo Fuente/J.C. Newman booth, though its day is coming soon.

Speaking of the booth, this will be the last year of this iteration of the booth. Next year, the companies will replace the hallway-style booth that has been around for years and the only one that many—including yours truly—have ever known. For Newman, the timing coincides with the company’s 125th anniversary.

The American

Drew Newman’s The American cigar is on sale, but currently only at two retailers. The company isn’t taking orders at the show per se, but Newman is taking the names of interested retailers and plans to sell the cigar to 50-60 retailers next month.

  • Wrapper: U.S.A. (Florida Sun Grown)
  • Binder: U.S.A. (Connecticut Broadleaf)
  • Filler: U.S.A. (Connecticut & Pennsylvania)
  • The American No.1 (7 x 47) — $19 (Boxes of 20, $380)
  • The American No.2 (6 x 54) — $18.50 (Boxes of 20, $370)
  • The American No.3 (4 1/2 x 50) — $16 (Boxes of 20, $320)
  • The American No.4 (6 1/8 x 52 Torpedo) — $21 (Boxes of 20, $420)

Production: Regular Production

Release Date: May 30, 2019


One of the more interesting cigars I’ve seen in a while. As the letter below explains, the cigar is inspired by Lazaro Lopez’s grandfather. Lopez, the manager of J.C. Newman’s PENSA factory in Nicaragua remembered that his grandfather would roll cigars without molds and then wrap them in rope made from the palm tree. What happens next is interesting, as the cigars take on unique shapes compared to the other cigars in the bundle.

Pricing and vitolas have not been finalized.

  • Wrapper: Nicaragua
  • Binder: Nicaragua
  • Filler: Nicaragua

Production: Regular Production

Release Date: December 2019

Toast Across America 2019

It’s the same cigars as last year—a Julius Caeser and OpusX—in the Shark format. The biggest difference is that retailers that commit to 50 packs are expected—though not finalized—to receive a single box of both cigars, the first time that the Julius Caeser Shark has been offered outside of the Toast packs. The box is also in red.

As always, the proceeds go 100 percent to the Cigar Family Charitable Foundation.

Diamond Crown Havana Collection Humidors

There are three new colors of the 90-count Diamond Crown humidor, each limited to 100 units and priced at $365.

Release Date: September 2019

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

Charlie Minato

I am an editor and co-founder of halfwheel.com/Rueda 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.