I wasn’t in the best of shape—I may or may not still be intoxicated from last night—when arriving at the De Los Reyes compound—which includes De Los Reyes, Debonaire House, Topper, Patoro and Cattle Baron—and was offered recovery options (water, coffee) or hair of the dog options (rum and, concerningly, flavored vodka). I declined all of that. I was then offered some pastries from ñangá, a new bakery from Bismarck Abud, the husband of Nirka Reyes Estrella of De Los Reyes. At this point of the show—actually, at any point of the show—I’ll take pastries over cigars. I’ll update everyone later today about the pastries during the Instagram Live update.

The De Los Reyes booth is the favorite booth of our editorial assistant Kyle. Unfortunately, it’s placed in front of a convention center pillar which really restricts some of the prettier elements of the booth. It’s more or less the same booth as the last few trade shows, certainly one of the brightest booths on the show floor.

Saga Short Tales Tomo VII – Tales of the Land: Navarrete

Kyle is a particularly large fan of the bookshelves that hold the various boxes of the Saga Short Tales Series. There is a new one, even if it’s technically not a “new trade show cigar.” This is the seventh cigar in the series, and like the rest, it comes in books that include actual pages inside. It’s currently on sale at LG Cigar Club in San Jose, Calif., though it will begin heading to other stores in September.

  • Wrapper: Nicaragua (Habano)
  • Binder: Dominican Republic (San Vicente)
  • Filler: Dominican Republic (Criollo 98, HVA & Piloto Cubano)
  • Saga Short Tales Tomo VII – Tales of the Land: Navarrete (5 x 52) — $9.30 (Box of 10, $93)

Production: Regular Production

Release Date: June 30, 2021

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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 have written about the cigar industry for more than a decade, covering everything from product launches to regulation to M&A. In addition, I handle a lot of the behind-the-scenes stuff here at halfwheel. I enjoy playing tennis, watching boxing, falling asleep to the Le Mans 24, wearing sweatshirts year-round and eating gyros. echte liebe.