In one of the more interesting journeys of cigars to the upcoming IPCPR Convention & Trade Show in New Orleans, La., a trio of cigars that can trace their roots back to the Middle East will be on display as LH Cigars makes its trade show debut.

Named for the Lavida Habana collection of retail shops where they were offered as house blends, LH Cigars has been gaining a presence in the United States since the company’s Claro and Maduro lines were introduced last summer and currently reside in approximately 60 stores throughout the country.

As part of the company’s IPCPR debut, they will be releasing a new Colorado blend that uses an Ecuadorian habano wrapper over a Nicaraguan binder and a filler blend of tobaccos from Peru, Ecuador and Nicaragua. It is described as offering initial notes of sweet fruit that develop into honey, licorice and raisin, with flavors of wood and toast carry them into a transition to maple and vanilla.

LH Cigars Colorado

The LH Cigars Colorado will debut in three vitolas, a 5 x 52 ($8.50), a 5 1/2 x 55 ($9) and a 6 x 60 ($9.50). They will all come in 20-count boxes, with shipping expected to begin within 30 days after the show concludes on July 21. The cigars are made in Costa Rica at Tabacos de Costa Rica.

Nicholas Syris of LH Cigars told halfwheel that the cigars evolved from a line of custom blended Cuban cigars that Lavida Habana carried as a unique offering that were crafted and refined to the tastes of the high-end clients of the stores. As the opportunities to create non-Cuban offerings arose, the cigars that would become LH Cigars were born.

Davidoff is the official sponsor of halfwheel's coverage of the 2015 IPCPR Convention & Trade Show.
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