While the name Stallone Cigars might suggest an association with a certain actor/celebrity, the name actually comes from the Italian word for stallion, which then explains why horses are so prominently featured in the company’s cigars and branding.

The company’s booth at this year’s PCA Convention & Trade Show was no exception, as there were numerous images on the back walls of the space, and of course on the cigars on display.

In addition to showing off its existing lines, this year the company released a very limited edition cigar that has its roots in brand owner Tony Barrios’ earliest experiences with horses.

Stallone Nino

The newest limited edition from Stallone has some notable aspects to its blend: first, the wrapper uses a hybrid habano-Sumatra seed that was developed by Tony Barrios and grown in Ecuador, while the filler tobaccos undergo aging in barrels that used to hold Flor de Caña rum. Second, as for the name, it comes from the name of a horse owned by Barrios’s grandfather, and it was the first horse that he became acquainted with. The size of the cigar is also a nod to Barrios’s grandfather, as when Barrios was 15-years-old he smoked his first cigar with his grandfather, and it was in the same vitola.

  • Wrapper: Ecuador (Habano-Sumatra Hybrid)
  • Binder: Nicaragua (Corojo)
  • Filler: Nicaragua (Ometepe, Estelí and Condega)
  • Stallone Nino (6 1/4 x 48) — $12.50 (Box of 20, $250)

Production: 250 Boxes of 20 Cigars (5,000 Total Cigars)

Release Date: July 2022

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I strive to capture the essence of a cigar and the people behind them in my work – every cigar you light up is the culmination of the work of countless people and often represents generations of struggle and stories. For me, it’s about so much more than the cigar – it’s about the story behind it, the experience of enjoying the work of artisans and the way that a good cigar can bring people together. In addition to my work with halfwheel, I’m the public address announcer for the Colorado Rockies and Arizona Diamondbacks during spring training, as well as for the Salt River Rafters of the Arizona Fall League, the WNBA's Phoenix Mercury and previously the Arizona Rattlers of the Indoor Football League. I also work in a number of roles for Major League Baseball, plus I'm a voice over artist. Prior to joining halfwheel, I covered the Phoenix and national cigar scene for Examiner.com, and was an editor for Cigar Snob magazine.