Using symbolism when thinking up cigar company names or themes is not a new thing, but Apostate Cigars—an Apostate is “a person who renounces a religious belief”—has taken it to another level with its brand. In fact, the company gets its name from a term in Mormon culture that is a reference to the fact that choosing to smoke cigars is an open act of rebellion against the church’s teachings as tobacco is forbidden in Mormon culture.

The company was founded by Brandon Oveson and Kendrick Woolstenhulme, both of whom grew up in Utah as active members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints and are now the owners of Salt Lake City-based retailer Beehive Cigars.

Although the Apostate Cigars booth is compact in nature, the banner with the company logo is hard to miss, and Brandon Oveson, co-founder of Apostate, was serving drinks to anyone who asked for one.

Apostate Cigars Feathered Serpent 

The company’s newest release named Feathered Serpent is made with a candela wrapper to mimic scales and is being made at the Tabacalera Palma factory in Tamboril, Dominican Republic. This new cigar takes its inspiration from Quetzalcóatl, a 13th-century Mesoamerican god commonly depicted as a mix of bird and rattlesnake who was thought to have created both the world and the humans that inhabited it.

  • Wrapper: Dominican Republic (Candela)
  • Binder: Mexico (San Andrés)
  • Filler: Dominican Republic
  • Apostate Cigars Feathered Serpent (6 1/2 x 46) — $13 (Bundle of 12, $156)

Production: Regular Production

Release Date: July 2022

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Brooks Whittington

I have been smoking cigars for over eight years. A documentary wedding photographer by trade, I spent seven years as a photojournalist for the Dallas Morning News and the Fort Worth Star Telegram. I started the cigar blog SmokingStogie in 2008 after realizing that there was a need for a cigar blog with better photographs and more in-depth information about each release. SmokingStogie quickly became one of the more influential cigar blogs on the internet, known for reviewing preproduction, prerelease, rare, extremely hard-to-find and expensive cigars. I am a co-founder of halfwheel and now serve as an editor for halfwheel.