Lovely Cigars is a new company, having only formed in late 2022. The idea behind the Wisconsin-based company is to take what was a historic and popular brand of cigars rolled in the Green Bay area in the 1800s and bring it back to life.

The brand is not only a tribute to the historic predecessor but also a celebration of the history of Green Bay as a port town, which included numerous cigar factories to satisfy the needs of the many people who came through that port.

Lovely’s booth was only a couple of booth spaces and didn’t have much in it, but the branding was easy to identify, and they had their products on display, including an original box from the 1800s brand. This is the second smaller company owned by a trio of people, Keith Archiquette, Mike Gehm and Dylan Masse. I make a note of that as I thought it interesting since most companies I talk to are either sole-ownerships or a co-ownership between two people.

While the company had some products on display, the new blend was not featured as the boxes weren’t ready yet.

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No. 162

The No. 162 is named after the 162nd Cigar Rollers Union in Green Bay, taking the company’s idea of paying homage to the area’s cigar manufacturing history to heart. It will come in three sizes and is manufactured in the Tacasa S.A. factory in Estelí, Nicaragua.

  • Wrapper: Ecuador (Sumatra)
  • Binder: Undisclosed (Sumatra)
  • Filler: Nicaragua
  • No. 162 Robusto (5 x 50) — $10.50 (Box of 20, $210)
  • No. 162 Corona (5 5/8 x 46) — $10 (Box of 20, $200
  • No. 162 Churchill (6 1/2 x 48) — $11 (Box of 20, $220)

Production: Regular Production

Release Date: August 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.