February 10, 2014 (Los Angeles, Calif.)–JM Tobacco’s new Dominican Classic Habano joins the Connecticut and Maduro versions of their long-awaited boutique premium cigars.  The line debuted in late 2012.

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JM Dominican Classics are the company’s first 100% long-filler premium cigar since their 1995 entry into the market with Española.  Since then, JM Tobacco has built its reputation solely on its value-priced handmade, 100% mixed-fill cigars.  For small-cigar lovers, the company introduced the 4″ x 32 JM Dominican Petit Classic in 2012, also a 100% handmade, long-filler short smoke, perfect for early day or as an aperitif.

The new cigar’s wrapper is Cuban-seed Habano leaf, and includes the same blend as the Connecticut and Maduro Classics.  The filler moderates the Habano’s power for a smooth, creamy flavor profile, with hints of pepper and coffee.  The resultant body is medium to full.   Like the Classic Maduro and Connecticut predecessors, the Classic Habano is made in four traditional shapes: 6″ x 44 Lonsdale, 5-1/2″ x 50 Robusto Grande, 6-3/4″ x 50 Churchill, and 6″ x 52 Pyramide.

Quoting JM’s president, Anto Mahroukian, “All full-sized Classics are cello-tubed.  They come in high-quality Spanish cedar boxes, holding 20 cigars each, with color-coded box labels for easy recognition….red (Habano), black (Maduro) and brown/burgundy (Connecticut).”  Suggested retail pricing is $120 ($6 per stick), and all JM Dominican Classic shapes are available from JM Tobacco’s 900 retailers in April.  They are also available from JM’s newly revamped Web site (www.jmtobacco.com), on the Company Store page.  Note: direct purchases are accepted only from buyers in zip codes without a JM retailer.

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Patrick Lagreid

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.