At the 2021 PCA Convention & Trade Show, Vlada Stojanov tried to put three different companies in a 10 x 10. This year, he, fortunately, decided to expand the booth which includes Lampert and Xhaxhi Bobi. It almost functions as if there are four companies in the booth as Jeremy Casdagli has his own area just to talk about the new Cypher 3311 project.

I will say, Casdagli’s booth continues to feel a bit chaotic. I suspect this is the decision to leave the products out on the tables and treat it more like a hawker stall than a place to enter. It creates a lot of energy, but it’s a bit of an organized chaos approach, sometimes less organized than others. It also leads to your cigars getting stolen, something that was definitely an issue for Casdagli and its associated companies.

I walked by the booth numerous times on Monday and never found much of a lull. One positive aspect to the hawker stall approach means that it’s not challenging to get people to stop by, that was certainly no issue for the time that I was there.

Casdagli Cabinet Selection Rosetta Maduro

After debuting in early 2021 in Sweden, the Cabinet Selection Rosetta Maduro is finally making it to the U.S. It’s expected to arrive in Q4. I am told the binder in this cigar is from 2001. It is made at the Kelner Boutique Factory in the Dominican Republic.

  • Wrapper: Ecuador (Corojo Maduro)
  • Binder: Dominican Republic
  • Filler: Dominican Republic, Nicaragua & Peru
  • Casdagli Cabinet Selection Rosetta Maduro (4 x 46) — $10 (Box of 25, $250)

Production: Regular Production

Release Date: July 2022

Cypher 3311

The Cypher 3311 line is actually two different blends, offered in two vitolas each. Jeremy Casdagli that there’s a bit of a good and evil theme between the blends. He also said that he blended this cigar during the COVID-19 isolation period, asking the factory to create dozens of different iterations which he smoked while he had lots of time on his hands.

  • Wrapper: Ecuador
  • Binder: Undisclosed
  • Filler: Undisclosed
  • Cypher 3311 Enigma (7 1/2 x 49) — $50 (Box of 8, $400)
  • Cypher 3311 Lorenz (9 1/5 x 58 diadema) — $60 (Box of 8, $480)

Production: Limited Production

Release Date: July 2022

Cypher 3311

This is one of the more intricate and interesting stories behind a cigar brand. It’s named after Major A. T. Casdagli, Jeremy’s grandfather. He was captured by the Nazis and served time as a POW. While doing so, he was allowed to stitch needlepoints and he ended up embedding hidden messages into various pieces of artwork that he created. This was done as part of the British Intelligence unit MI-9 and Casdagli’s messages would include information about captivities, prisoner escapes or troop movements. Casdagli is also reprinting “A Stitch in Time. God save the King – Fu*k Hitler!,” a book written by his father that details the story in greater detail. For the cigar release, Casdagli is donating €1 per cigar to the Red Cross, which A. T. Casdagli credits for saving his life.

As you might expect, there are hidden messages in the packaging. I was explained a few of them, but I’m sure more details will emerge as time goes on, they always do.

One of the art pieces was on display in the booth.

The first batch of the Cyper 3311 is limited to 8,000 cigars but there will be more next year. Jeremy Casdagli told me that the cigars will be aged for a year before release and that the 2023 release is in production.

  • Wrapper: Ecuador
  • Binder: Ecuador
  • Filler: Dominican Republic, Peru & Undisclosed
  • Cypher 3311 Colossus (6 x 60) — $50 (Box of 8, $400)
  • Cypher 3311 Needle (7 1/2 x 48) — $50 (Box of 8, $400)

Production: Limited Production

Release Date: July 2022

Not pictured.

Villa Casdagli Lonsdale

This was supposed to be an exclusive item for the 2022 PCA Convention & Trade Show, but Luxury Cigar Club bought the whole production run. Or, they bought 246 boxes of the 250 that were made. This is a Lonsdale version of the Pigasus blend.

  • Wrapper: Ecuador
  • Binder: Ecuador
  • Filler: Dominican Republic, Nicaragua & Peru
  • Villa Casdagli Lonsdale (7 x 42) — $16 (Box of 12, $192)

Production: 246 Boxes of 12 Cigars (2,952 Total Cigars)

Release Date: July 2022

Villa Casdagli XIKAR Xi Cutter (2022)

These were originally released in 2019 and will once again be available next month.

MSRP: $130

Production: 51 Units

Release Date: August 2022

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Charlie Minato

I am an editor and co-founder of 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.