November 25, 2013 (Los Angeles, Calif.) — JM Tobacco has added the third selection in its recently-launched JM Dominican Classic brand…Classic Connecticut.  Its wrapper, binder and filler are tailored to seasoned enthusiasts who prefer a full-bodied smoking experience.  JM Dominican Classics are the company’s first 100% long-filler, handmade premium cigar since their 1995 entry into the market with Española.  Though the cigar was well-received, JM redirected its focus and until now has built its solid reputation exclusively on value-priced, 100% handmade mixed-fill cigars.

The Classic Connecticut’s blend is a study in balancing tobaccos for desired flavor and body profiles.  The wrapper is true Connecticut-grown shade leaf, with silk-thin delicacy and mild body.  The Connecticut broadleaf binder picks up the power considerably.  JM added an abundance of ligero to the Dominican Olor and Seco base filler, which results in an entirely different Connecticut shade-wrapped cigar.

The Classic Connecticut 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.  All are cello-tubed, and come in a lush brown-burgundy Spanish cedar box.  MSRP is $120 ($6 per stick), and all the JM Dominican Classic Connecticut shapes are now available at tobacco retailers nationwide.

JM Classic CT Robusto Grande Single and Box

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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 the Arizona Rattlers of the Indoor Football League. I also work in a number of roles for, plus I'm a voice over artist. I previously covered the Phoenix and national cigar scene for, and was an editor for Cigar Snob magazine.