When Carolina Blue Cigars was founded in 2016 by 30-year U.S. Army veteran Christopher Moore, the first three lines were rolled at Tabacalera De La Cruz located in Tamboril, Dominican Republic. However, the company moved all of its production to the Tabacalera El Puente factory in 2019 and two years later announced that it had entered into a fulfillment agreement with Fumare Internationale, the parent company of Illusione.

The company currently offers more than 10 lines under a number of different series including the Signature Series, the Broadleaf Collection and the Highway 101 Series.

Tucked in the back of the convention hall and surrounded a couple of larger companies, the Carolina Blue Cigars booth is still quite memorable, partly due to the awesome feathered hat that Moore was wearing while greeting customers.

Carolina Blue Signature Series Connecticut Nicaraguan Robusto

Although the Signature Series originally included only Dominican blends, this new robusto features Nicaraguan tobacco used in the binder and filler.

  • Wrapper: Ecuador (Connecticut)
  • Binder: Nicaragua
  • Filler: Nicaragua
  • Carolina Blue Signature Series Connecticut Nicaraguan Robusto (5 x 50) — $9 (Box of 20, $180)

Production: Regular Production

Release Date: July 2022

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.