Jeremy McDonald’s new cigar company has a name and its first two releases.
It’s called Wildfire Cigar Co. and its first two blends will be made at Joya de Nicaragua. The first of those cigars is called The Single, a 7 x 50 Churchill that will use an Ecuadorian habano dark wrapper over a Nicaraguan binder and Nicaraguan fillers.
The Single will have an MSRP of $14 per cigar and will be limited to 750 boxes of 10 cigars. McDonald says he hopes to ship the cigars in mid-to-late August.
McDonald has worked in the cigar industry for more than two decades. In May, he announced that he would leave his position as national sales manager for Caldwell Cigar Co. to start his own company. McDonald was with Caldwell since before the company launched in early 2014. Despite leaving, he has retained his equity as a partner in Caldwell Cigar Co.
“I have partnered with a factory that I love and respect, and together we are crafting some damn fine cigars for one purpose: To find commonalities in other humans and enjoy those moments together,” said McDonald in a press release. “The ethos is simple; I want to sit, share a cigar, learn, be present, and take in every moment with people I love.”
“What made me fall in love with tobacco, and choose this industry as my profession, was the fact that it does not matter where you came from, what you believe, and what you smoke. A cigar bridges that gap and creates a level playing field for us all to be with one another while enjoying a cigar. That is what gets lost in translation. Wildfire Cigars exists to remind us all it’s just a cigar, but it’s not just a cigar. It’s the stories we share, the moments we have, and the memories we share. Those are what matter. Those are what change us, and those are what last forever. I named the company Wildfire Cigars because it only takes a spark to catch fire. So, let’s smoke together.”
The second release for Wildfire Cigar Co. will be The Revivalist, a three-vitola line that uses a Mexican claro wrapper over a Nicaraguan binder and Indonesian and Nicaraguan fillers. Unlike The Single, it will be a regular production cigar.
- The Revivalist Corona Gorda (5 5/8 x 46) — $10 (Box of 20, $200)
- The Revivalist Robusto (5 1/4 x 50) — $11 (Box of 20, $220)
- The Revivalist Toro (6 1/4 x 52) — $12 (Box of 20, $240)
McDonald says it will begin shipping in September.
Fulfillment will be handled by Illusione’s warehouse in Nevada, though McDonald will sell the cigars himself. As of this time, he says that he is not hiring anyone else to assist him with the sales efforts.