Tony Bellatto is back with Bellatto Premium Cigars and the Lost&Found lines, housed in a booth alongside Caldwell Cigar Co. At the 2018 and 2019 shows, then known as IPCPR Convention and Trade Show, Bellatto and the La Barba brand were exhibiting in a separate booth, having previously been housed along with Caldwell. Last year saw the return of the two brands together, along with Lost&Found, though the booth structures had been reduced.

Taking the minimalistic approach, the booth again consisted of several folding tables and chairs. However, judging by the number of retailers stopping by while I was covering the booth, perhaps this is an indication that not much more than the brands themselves were needed to draw people in.

Bellatto noted nothing new was at the show for Bellatto Premium Cigars, though the Bellatto Edition Brazil and Connecticut lines were finally getting shipped. Initially announced at the 2022 PCA Convention and Trade Show, the cigars were packed on pallets and ready to ship the next day when a fire destroyed the factories where they were shipping from. This setback meant the cigars had to be produced again, though the replacement cigars are now stateside and shipping to retailers sometime in July.

On the Lost&Found side of the house, Bellatto noted that while the brand was previously focused on finding lost cigars from various manufacturers and factories, it has now shifted to using lost tobacco to blend the cigars instead.

Foreverfresh Dark Broadleaf

Foreverfresh is one of the new lines to be produced with the aforementioned lost tobacco and was produced at Oliva Cigar Co. in Nicaragua.

  • Wrapper: U.S.A. (Pennsylvania Broadleaf)
  • Binder: Nicaragua (Estelí Habano)
  • Filler: Nicaragua (Estelí Habano)
  • Foreverfresh Dark Broadleaf Rothschild (4 x 48) — $8 (Box of 20, $160)
  • Foreverfresh Dark Broadleaf Robusto (5 x 50) — $8.50 (Box of 20, $170)
  • Foreverfresh Dark Broadleaf Lonsdale (6 1/2 x 42) — $8.50 (Box of 20, $170)
  • Foreverfresh Dark Broadleaf Toro (6 x 54) — $9.50 (Box of 20, $190)

Production: 350 Boxes of 20 Cigars (7,000 Total Cigars) Per Size

Release Date: July 2023

Pepper Cream Soda Boxpress

Having previously released several cigars under the Pepper Cream Soda moniker, this new PCS comes in three box-pressed sizes, as the name would suggest.

  • Wrapper: U.S.A. (Pennsylvania Broadleaf)
  • Binder: Nicaragua (Jalapa)
  • Filler: Nicaragua (Condega & Jalapa)
  • Pepper Cream Soda Boxpress Robusto (5 x 52) — $12 (Box of 10, $120)
  • Pepper Cream Soda Boxpress Toro (6 x 54) — $12.50 (Box of 10, $125)
  • Pepper Cream Soda Boxpress Gordo (6 x 60) — $13 (Box of 10, $130)

Production: 500 Boxes of 10 Cigars (5,000 Total Cigars) Per Size

Release Date: July 2023

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Brian Burt

I have been smoking cigars since 2005 and reviewing them as a hobby since 2010. Initially, I started out small with a 50-count humidor and only smoking one or two cigars a month. Not knowing anybody else that smoked cigars, it was only an occasional hobby that I took part in. In March of 2010, I joined Nublive and Cigar Asylum, connecting me with many people who also shared an interest in cigars. Reading what they had to say about brands I had never heard of, I quickly immersed myself in the boutique brands of the industry and it was then that cigars transformed from a hobby into a passion.