Family history has a significant influence on a number of cigar brands, and that is the case with the Don Doroteo brand that is making its first appearance at this year’s PCA Convention & Trade Show. The business was co-founded by Juan Lugo, whose grandfather Doroteo Delgado had grown tobacco for La Aurora in the Dominican Republic in the 1930’s.

Lugo told me that he purchased a 20-acre farm in the Yaque Valley from his family where he hopes to grow tobacco that will eventually be used for future blends from the company that may include lines named El Alcalde, El Sonador and La Reserva Familia.

The Don Doroteo is one of the nicer booths I have seen from a company debuting at the PCA Convention & Trade Show, with a small bar, a leather couch and old, framed photographs of Doroteo Delgado and other members of Lugo’s family hanging on the walls.

Don Doroteo El Legado Churchill, Robusto & Sumo Toro

Fitting for the first cigar line, El Legado translates as the legacy. It comes out of La Aurora’s aging rooms, with the Robusto, Sumo Toro and Churchill vitolas having nine years of age on them, while the Corona and Belicoso have 14 years of age and are limited to 33,000 cigars, with a limited amount released each year.

  • Wrapper: Ecuador (Sumatra)
  • Binder: Ecuador (Sumatra)
  • Filler: Colombia, Dominican Republic (Cibao Valley) & Nicaragua
  • Don Doroteo El Legado Robusto (5 x 50) — $17.50 (Box of 20, $350)
  • Don Doroteo El Legado Sumo Toro (5 3/4 x 54) — $19.50 (Pack of 3, $58.50)
  • Don Doroteo El Legado Churchill (7 x 47) — $20.50 (Box of 10, $205)

Production: Regular Production

Release Date: August 2022

Don Doroteo El Legado Belicoso & Corona

The Corona and Belicoso vitolas both have 14 years of age and are limited to 33,000 cigars, with a limited amount released each year.

  • Wrapper: Ecuador (Sumatra)
  • Binder: Ecuador (Sumatra)
  • Filler: Colombia, Dominican Republic (Cibao Valley) & Nicaragua
  • Don Doroteo El Legado Corona (5 1/2 x 42) — $17 (Box of 10, $170; Boxes of 20, $340)
  • Don Doroteo El Legado Belicoso (6 1/4 x 52) — $20.50 (Box of 10, $205; Boxes of 20, $410)

Production: 3,300 Boxes of 10 (33,000 Total Cigars)

Release Date: August 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.