The TPE 2022 trade show takes place Jan. 26-28, 2022. Historically, TPE has not been a trade show of much relevance to the cigar industry, but things have changed dramatically during the last three years. During this year’s trade show, numerous companies are debuting new products.

Below is a live look of these new products. This post will get updated multiple times as Patrick Lagreid and I work through the booths of roughly 80 different companies.

ACID 20 Connecticut Toro

While the ACID 20 line has had a Connecticut option since August 2020, it was an exclusive release to the New York-based distributor Alliance Cigar Co., a 5 x 54 robusto called the ACID 20 Bronxilla. Now, the blend is getting a 6 x 54 toro that will be available to all retailers and should be on store shelves in the very near future. —Patrick Lagreid.

  • Wrapper: Ecuador (Connecticut)
  • Binder: Indonesia
  • Filler: Nicaragua
  • ACID 20 Connecticut Toro (6 x 54) — $10.75 (Box of 20, $258.02)

Production: Regular Production

Release Date: January 2022

All Saints Dedicación Habano

It’s hard to believe, but we first wrote about this line last June. This is a new version of All Saints’ Dedicación line, replacing the Mexican San Andrés wrapper with an Ecuadorian habano oscuro wrapper. While both blends use the same types of tobacco in the filler, the ratios are changed between the blends. If you are wondering about the name, the Mitre is a reference to the hats worn by a bishop. — Charlie Minato.

  • Wrapper: Ecuador (Habano Oscuro)
  • Binder: Nicaragua
  • Filler: Nicaragua
  • All Saints Dedicación Habano Berkey (5 1/2 x 50) — $9.30 (Box of 12, $111.60)
  • All Saints Dedicación Habano Commandant (6 1/2 x 52) — $9.99 (Box of 12, $119.88)
  • All Saints Dedicación Habano Huge (6 x 60) — $10.50 (Box of 12, $126)
  • All Saints Dedicación Habano Coach (7 x 48) — $11 (Box of 12, $132)
  • All Saints Dedicación Habano Mitre (5 x 54) — $9.95 (Box of 12, $119.40)

Production: Regular Production

Release Date: January 2022


Big Papi Firecracker

The newest member of the Baseball Hall of Fame, David Ortiz, is one of the people behind this new Firecracker release from United Cigars. Instead of being a July 4th holiday release, this cigar is being used to kick off baseball season. Only 1,000 boxes are being produced, with 10 of them being signed by Big Papi on the inside of the lid. —Patrick Lagreid

  • Wrapper: Mexico (San Andrés)
  • Binder: Dominican Republic (Negrito)
  • Filler: Dominican Republic (Criollo 98), Nicaragua (Jalapa) and U.S.A. (Pennsylvania Broadleaf)
  • Big Papi Firecracker (3 1/2 x 50) — $7.99 (Box of 20, $159.99)

Production: 1,000 Boxes of 20 Cigars (20,000 Total Cigars)

Release Date: March 2022

Bocock Brothers Signature Edition

This is a new regular production line that is made in honor of Roberto Bocock, father company founders of Bryant and Douglas Bocock. In true cigar trade show fashion, these cigars weren’t on display on day one because of logistical issues and instead were flown into Las Vegas on Wednesday night. As far as consumers are concerned, the most notable fact is that these are being made at Tabacalera AJ Fernandez Cigars de Nicaragua S.A. — Charlie Minato.

  • Wrapper: Ecuador (Sumatra)
  • Binder: Nicaragua (Habano)
  • Filler: Nicaragua
  • Bocock Brothers Signature Edition Robusto (5 1/2 x 52) — $11.95 (Box of 10, $119.50)
  • Bocock Brothers Signature Edition Toro (6 x 54) — $12.60 (Box of 10, $126)
  • Bocock Brothers Signature Edition Gordo (6 x 60) — $12.95 (Box of 10, $129.50)

Production: Regular Production

Release Date: April 2022

Casa Cuevas Limited Edition Flaco Habano 2021

After a three-year hiatus and a good chunk of the initial batch being stolen when the company’s warehouse was broken into, the Casa Cuevas Limited Edition Flacos are back. The line gets its name from the Spanish word for skinny, and while that would certainly apply to these vitolas, they are actually named for Alec Cuevas, the company’s director of operations and the fourth generation of the Cuevas family to work in the business. The Habano version wears a dark red and gold band as opposed to the black band of the maduro. — Patrick Lagreid. 

  • Wrapper: Ecuador (Habano)
  • Binder: Nicaragua
  • Filler: Colombia, Dominican Republic, Nicaragua and U.S.A. (Pennsylvania)
  • Casa Cuevas Limited Edition Flaco Habano 2021 (7 x 43) — $13.50 (Box of 10, $135)

Production: 750 Boxes of 10 Cigars (7,500 Total Cigars)

Release Date: January 2022


Casa Cuevas Limited Edition Flaco Maduro 2021

The second of the two Flacos, the black-banded Maduro version uses a Mexican San Andrés maduro leaf. All the other details remain the same as the habano. Additionally, each box is individually numbered and features the year 2021 on it to indicate when they were rolled. Once this batch is gone, the plan is that they will go on hiatus until 2024. — Patrick Lagreid. 

  • Wrapper: Mexico (San Andrés)
  • Binder: Nicaragua
  • Filler: Colombia, Dominican Republic, Nicaragua and U.S.A. (Pennsylvania)
  • Casa Cuevas Limited Edition Flaco Habano 2021 (7 x 43) — $13.50 (Box of 10, $135)

Production: 750 Boxes of 10 Cigars (7,500 Total Cigars)

Release Date: January 2022

Cigar Caddy Freedom Series

Cigar Caddy, which is part of the Quality Importers Trading Co. portfolio, has added two new designs as part of its Freedom Series. Both are available in three size options, and each model is airtight, crushproof, and waterproof up to depths of 100 feet. Oh, and they float. Inside each humidor is a humidifier, protective inner foam and a lanyard. The designs were done by Quality Importers’ in-house design team and facility, and build off a similarly themed desktop humidor released late in 2020. — Patrick Lagreid.

  • Cigar Caddy Freedom Series 5-count ($34.99)
  • Cigar Caddy Freedom Series 10-count ($39.99)
  • Cigar Caddy Freedom Series 15-count ($42.99)

Production: Regular Production

Release Date: January 2022

Cubata Cru

This new line from Dapper Cigar Co. offers a lighter profile cigar with a sweetened cap, and builds off a project between Dapper and Fresno, Calif. retailer Cigars Ltd. The Cubata Cru got its first look back in 2018, with this new blend the result of a process of fine-tuning the blend after moving production from La Aurora to Nicaragua American Cigars S.A. in Estelí, Nicaragua.

  • Cubata Cru Blimey (4 1/2 x 40) — $6.98 (Box of 40, $279.04)
  • Cubata Cru Blunderbuss (5 x 54) — $10.35 (Box of 20, $207)
  • Cubata Cru Bucko (6 x 44) — $9.87 (Box of 20, $197.40)
  • Cubata Cru Bumbo (6 1/8 x 52) — $11.16 (Box of 20, $223.22)

Production: Regular Production

Release Date: January 2022


Emperors Cut Indulgence

The Emperors Cut Indulgence has been available via the company’s e-commerce site for just about two months, but it is closing in on its release to retail stores and was on display as such. “Indulgence provides our company an entry primarily to new and social smokers with an exceptionally made Nicaraguan cigar,” said Greg Wills, director of product development, in a press release. “Our objective is to endear this important demographic to our brand earlier in their journey.” — Patrick Lagreid.

  • Wrapper: Ecuador (Connecticut)
  • Binder: Dominican Republic (Cibao Valley) and Nicaragua (Estelí)
  • Filler: Nicaragua (Estelí)
  • Emperors Cut Indulgence Belicoso (6 1/2 x 54) — $11 (Box of 10, $110)
  • Emperors Cut Indulgence Lancero (7 x 38) — $9 (Box of 10, $90)

Production: Regular Production

Release Date: December 2021

Family X Loyalty Fenrir, Hati and Skoll

Having launched in 2021, Family X Loyalty is a brand many cigar smokers might not be familiar with, and one that I certainly wasn’t until finding its booth at TPE 2022. The company is based out of Doral, Fla. and debuted with two lines, the first of which is called Geri and wears a blue-green band, and Freki, which wears a blue band. Now, the company is adding three new blends to bring its portfolio to five blends, all of which are offered in the same three vitolas: a robusto, a gran toro, and a 3 1/2 x 52 vitola that the company calls “Pipe Size,” as its owners also own a brand called CS Cigar Pipes. The pipes are made from various hardwoods, and you insert your cigar into the end and then smoke it through a shaped tip, though there is no filter in the middle.

As for the three new blends, which are all produced at the Blackbird Dominicana factory:

Family x Loyalty Fenrir

  • Wrapper: Nicaragua (Sumatra)
  • Binder: Dominican Republic (Criollo 98)
  • Filler: Nicaragua (Cubano 98 and Corojo 2006)
  • Family x Loyalty Fenrir Robusto (5 x 50) — $11.99 (Box of 21, $251.79)
  • Family x Loyalty Fenrir Box Pressed Gran Toro (6 x 54) — $11.99 (Box of 21, $272.79)
  • Family x Loyalty Fenrir Pipe Size (3 1/2 x 52) — $9.83 (Box of 25, $245.75)

Production: Regular Production

Release Date: January 2022

Family x Loyalty Hati

  • Wrapper: Ecuador (Connecticut)
  • Binder: Dominican Republic (Criollo 98)
  • Filler: Nicaragua (Corojo)
  • Family x Loyalty Hati Robusto (5 x 50) — $10.67 (Box of 21, $224.07)
  • Family x Loyalty Hati Box Pressed Gran Toro (6 x 54) — $11.23 (Box of 21, $235.83)
  • Family x Loyalty Hati Pipe Size (3 1/2 x 52) — $9.37 (Box of 25, $234.25)

Production: Regular Production

Release Date: January 2022

Family x Loyalty Skoll

  • Wrapper: Brazil (Cubra)
  • Binder: Dominican Republic (Criollo 98)
  • Filler: Nicaragua (Corojo)
  • Family x Loyalty Skoll (5 x 50) — $10.73 (Box of 21, $225.33)
  • Family x Loyalty Skoll (6 x 54) — $11.23 (Box of 21, $235.83)
  • Family x Loyalty Skoll (3 1/2 x 52) — $9.37 (Box of 25, $234.25)

Production: Regular Production

Release Date: January 2022

Ferio Tego Metropolitan Connecticut

The Metropolitan Connecticut and Maduro are offered in the same six sizes and at the same prices. Both cigars are made by the Quesada family. — Charlie Minato.

  • Wrapper: U.S.A. (Connecticut)
  • Binder: Dominican Republic
  • Filler: Dominican Republic
  • Ferio Tego Metropolitan Connecticut Union (4 1/2 x 50) — $7.25 (Box of 18, $130.50)
  • Ferio Tego Metropolitan Connecticut Banker (5 x 66) — $10.75 (Box of 10, $107.50)
  • Ferio Tego Metropolitan Connecticut University (6 x 50) — $8 (Box of 18, $144)
  • Ferio Tego Metropolitan Connecticut Gordo (6 x 60) — $10 (Box of 18, $180)
  • Ferio Tego Metropolitan Connecticut Explorer (6 1/2 x 52) — $8.50 (Box of 18, $153)
  • Ferio Tego Metropolitan Connecticut Metropolitan (7 x 50) — $9 (Box of 18, $162)

Production: Regular Production

Release Date: Jan. 19, 2022


Ferio Tego Metropolitan Habano

This is the newest of the Metropolitan lines. Unlike the rest of them, this is the sole line made by Plasencia Cigars S.A. — Charlie Minato.

  • Wrapper: Nicaragua (Habano)
  • Binder: Nicaragua
  • Filler: Nicaragua
  • Ferio Tego Metropolitan Habano Gordo (6 x 60) — $10 (Boxes of 18, $180)
  • Ferio Tego Metropolitan Habano Robusto (5 1/2 x 54) — $8.75 (Boxes of 18, $157.50)
  • Ferio Tego Metropolitan Habano Toro (6 x 52) — $9 (Boxes of 18, $162)
  • Ferio Tego Metropolitan Habano Gordito (4 x 60) — $8.75 (Boxes of 18, $157.50)

Production: Regular Production

Release Date: Jan. 19, 2022

Ferio Tego Metropolitan Host

The Metropolitan Host and Host Maduro are made at Davidoff’s factory in Honduras, best known for producing Camacho. Interestingly, these cigars have been made for decades at a Camacho factory, including back when the Eiroa family still owned Camacho. — Charlie Minato.

  • Wrapper: U.S.A. (Connecticut)
  • Binder: Honduras
  • Filler: Honduras
  • Ferio Tego Metropolitan Host Hobart (5 x 50) — $7.50 (Box of 18, $135)
  • Ferio Tego Metropolitan Host Hamilton (5 1/2 x 44) — $6.80 (Box of 18, $122.40)
  • Ferio Tego Metropolitan Host Harrington (6 x 48) — $8.50 (Box of 18, $153)
  • Ferio Tego Metropolitan Host Hyde (6 x 60) — $10 (Box of 18, $180)
  • Ferio Tego Metropolitan Host Hampton (7 x 50) — $9 (Box of 18, $162)

Production: Regular Production

Release Date: Jan. 19, 2022

Ferio Tego Metropolitan Host Maduro

  • Wrapper: U.S.A. (Connecticut)
  • Binder: Honduras
  • Filler: Honduras
  • Ferio Tego Metropolitan Host Maduro Hobart (5 x 50) — $7.50 (Box of 18, $135)
  • Ferio Tego Metropolitan Host Maduro Hyde (6 x 60) — $10 (Box of 18, $180)
  • Ferio Tego Metropolitan Host Maduro Hampton (7 x 50) — $9 (Box of 18, $162)

Production: Regular Production

Release Date: Jan. 19, 2022

Ferio Tego Metropolitan Maduro

  • Wrapper: U.S.A. (Connecticut Broadleaf)
  • Binder: Dominican Republic
  • Filler: Dominican Republic
  • Ferio Tego Metropolitan Maduro Union (4 1/2 x 50) — $7.25 (Box of 18, $130.50)
  • Ferio Tego Metropolitan Maduro Banker (5 x 66) — $10.75 (Box of 10, $107.50)
  • Ferio Tego Metropolitan Maduro University (6 x 50) — $8 (Box of 18, $144)
  • Ferio Tego Metropolitan Maduro Gordo (6 x 60) — $10 (Box of 18, $180)
  • Ferio Tego Metropolitan Maduro Explorer (6 1/2 x 52) — $8.50 (Box of 18, $153)
  • Ferio Tego Metropolitan Maduro Metropolitan (7 x 50) — $9 (Box of 18, $162)

Production: Regular Production

Release Date: Jan. 19, 2022

Guardian of the Farm Cerberus

This is a new line from AGANORSA Leaf that is getting its national debut at TPE 2022, though there was actually a 6 x 52 toro that was released to Cigar.com’s Elite Advantage Loyalty Program earlier this month. This is an extension to AGANORSA Leaf’s Guardian of the Farm brand, highlighted by a corojo 2012 wrapper, a new varietal of tobacco that AGANORSA Leaf began using last year. This will begin shipping to stores that placed orders during TPE 2022—as well as other select accounts— during the month of February; it will head to other stores in March. — Charlie Minato.

  • Wrapper: Nicaragua (Corojo 2012)
  • Binder: Nicaragua
  • Filler: Nicaragua
  • Guardian of the Farm Cerberus 6 1/4 x 52 — $10.50 (Box of 15, $157.50)
  • Guardian of the Farm Cerberus 6 x 44 — $9.50 (Box of 15, $142.50)
  • Guardian of the Farm Cerberus 5 x 54 — $9.98 (Box of 15, $149.70)

Production: Regular Production

Release Date: February 2021

H. Upmann Nicaragua AJ Fernandez Heritage

This is another Altadis U.S.A.-branded H. Upmann that is being made by AJ Fernandez. The company describes this as “medium-full,” which should make it stronger than the popular H. Upmann Nicaragua, the cigar packaged with teal branding that is also made by AJ Fernandez. I’m a big fan of this darker blue used here, a rarity in the cigar industry though something that Altadis U.S.A. has used a couple of times recently. — Charlie Minato.

  • Wrapper: Brazil (Mata Fina)
  • Binder: Nicaragua
  • Filler: Nicaragua
  • H. Upmann Nicaragua AJ Fernandez Heritage Corona (5 1/2 x 44) — $9.75 (Box of 20, $195)
  • H. Upmann Nicaragua AJ Fernandez Heritage Robusto (5 x 52) — $9.99 (Box of 20, $199.80)
  • H. Upmann Nicaragua AJ Fernandez Heritage Toro (6 x 54) — $10.35 (Box of 20, $207)
  • H. Upmann Nicaragua AJ Fernandez Heritage Torpedo (6 1/8 x 52) — $10.50 (Box of 20, $210)
  • H. Upmann Nicaragua AJ Fernandez Heritage Churchill (7 x 54) — $10.75 (Box of 20, $215)

Production: Regular Production

Release Date: Jan. 26, 2022

HVC La Rosa 520 Rare of Rare

For the first, HVC is making a cigar in the U.S. This limited edition is made at El Titan de Bronze and is a number of firsts for the company: first cigar with Dominican tobacco, first time using medio tiempo, first cigar with an Ecuadorian binder. It’s also the most expensive HVC cigar to date. — Charlie Minato.

  • Wrapper: Ecuador (Sumatra)
  • Binder: Ecuador (Habano)
  • Filler: Dominican Republic (Criollo 98) & Nicaragua (Estelí, Medio Tiempo)
  • HVC La Rosa 520 Rare of Rare (6 x 52) — $20 (Box of 10, $200)

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

Release Date: March 2022

Jake Wyatt Lithium Lancero

Previously only seen coming out of the pockets and humidors of the Jake Wyatt Cigar Co. team, the Lithium Lancero is getting a preview at TPE ahead of a full release in February. It’s the fifth size in the line, and one that “demonstrates true innovation while remaining true to our brand,” according to Neil Garcia, co-founder of Jake Wyatt Cigar Co. — Patrick Lagreid.

  • Wrapper: Ecuador (Habano)
  • Binder: Dominican Republic
  • Filler: Dominican Republic
  • Jake Wyatt Cigar Co. Lithium Lancero (7 x 38) — $11 (Box of 22, $242)

Production: Regular Production

Release Date: February 2022


JetLine Cobra

The Cobra gets its name from its slightly curved and upright shape. This larger table top torch offers a flame lock and safety switch, and can adjust between a soft flame and torch lighter. It is available in red, yellow, black and silver, and black and rose gold, though the shipping date is still to be announced. — Patrick Lagreid

  • JetLine Cobra — $49.99

Production: Regular Production

Release Date: Not Announced


JetLine Fatboy

The Fatboy is JetLine’s newest entry into the value-oriented lighters segment. It is offered in both a triple or quad-torch configuration for the same price, each of which comes with a slide out punch cutter and improve internal mechanics for better ignition and fuel flow. It is offered in four translucent color options: clear, green, amber and smoke gray, each of which has an MSRP of $19.99. A shipping date has not yet been confirmed by the company. —Patrick Lagreid

  • JetLine Fatboy Triple Flame — $19.99
  • JetLine Fatboy Quad Flame — $19.99

Production: Regular Production

Release Date: Not Announced


JetLine H-Steel

The H-Steel is a 60 ring gauge cutter with blades made from hardened steel, hence its name. It’s a plastic body but feels solid in the hand, and a first use showed some very sharp blades that produced a very clean cut of a cigar. It is offered in four colors: black with orange, orange with black, gray with black, and neon green with black, each of which comes with a carrying pouch.

  • JetLine H-Steel — $24.99

Production: Regular Production

Release Date: February 2022

La Aurora Especiales

This is a cigar that was developed after blending sessions with hundreds of retailers at La Aurora’s factory in the Dominican Republic. In a world where Cameroon is having a bit of a renaissance, I’m curious that La Aurora—a company that has used both Cameroon and Ecuadorian Cameroon-seed wrappers—is choosing the latter. — Charlie Minato.

  • Wrapper: Ecuador (Cameroon)
  • Binder: Dominican Republic
  • Filler: Dominican Republic & U.S.A.
  • La Aurora Especiales Robusto (5 x 50) — $12 (Box of 20, $240)
  • La Aurora Especiales Toro (5 3/4 x 54) — $13 (Box of 20, $260)
  • La Aurora Especiales Corona Gorda (6 x 47) — $13 (Box of 20, $260)
  • La Aurora Especiales Gran Toro (6 x 58) — $14 (Box of 20, $280)

Production: 1,000 Boxes per Vitola

Release Date: February 2022


La Mezcla Cubana Rothschild

United Cigars is bringing back the La Mezcla Cubana line, which dates back to 2006. It was sold throughout the United States until 2013, after which United Cigars bought the brand. The relaunch process started when United Cigars was given the opportunity to purchase the 7-year-old wrapper leaf from A.S.P. Enterprises, which is used on this first batch. Future productions will utilize wrappers aged for different amounts of time. — Patrick Lagreid.

  • Wrapper: Ecuador (Connecticut)
  • Binder: Indonesia
  • Filler: Dominican Republic, Nicaragua, U.S.A. (Pennsylvania) and Undisclosed
  • La Mezcla Cubana Rothschild (4 1/2 x 54) — $5.99 (Box of 50, $299.99)

Production: Regular Production

Release Date: February 2022


La Sirena Mexican Mermaid 6 x 60

The fourth size in the La Sirena Mexican Mermaid line got a sneak preview in late November at Tobacco Plaza in Great Neck, N.Y., now it is nearly ready for its full rollout happening towards the end of February, with an official release date of March 1. — Patrick Lagreid.

  • Wrapper: Mexico (San Andrés)
  • Binder: Mexico (San Andrés)
  • Filler: Mexico and Dominican Republic
  • La Sirena Mexican Mermaid 6 x 60 (6 x 60) — $16 (Box of 20, $320)

Production: Regular Production

Release Date: March 1, 2022

Lotus Clarity LASH15

This single-stirrup ashtray is dishwasher safe and comes individually boxed. It is fairly compact, measuring 1.35 x 4.75 x 3.5 inches, and is priced at $9.99. The ashtray can also be customized with a logo in the middle of the bowl either by printing or engraving, for stores or companies that want to offer a customized product. —Patrick Lagreid

  • Lotus Clarity LASH15 — $9.99

Production: Regular Production

Release Date: January 2022

Lotus Mariner

This new dual flame lighter takes it design cues from boating and offers a pair of fold-out punch cutters on the back side that look a bit like dual rudders, with the large flame adjustment wheel positioned to evoke thoughts of a propeller.  It measures a pocket-friendly 3.125 x 1.75 x .875 inches and also has a visible fuel window on the back. It is offered in four colors: black, white, blue and woodgrain, all of which draw on boating themes while the woodgrain gives the body a particularly distinctive look. It has an MSRP of $49.95 and is due out by the end of February. —Patrick Lagreid

  • Lotus Mariner — $49.95

Production: Regular Production

Release Date: February 2022

Luciano The Dreamer Extensions

One of the earliest new product announcements we saw for TPE 2022 was from ACE Prime, when the company announced that it would be releasing three new sizes to the Luciano The Dreamer line back in November. The series is named for Luciano Meirelles, a co-founder of ACE Prime as well as its master blender and president, and debuted back in 2020 with a 7 1/2 x 38 lancero. The launch of the new sizes are part of another project that Meirelles is involved in, the release of The Dreamer wine, via a project with Mas Igneus, a Spanish wine producer that he became a partner in during the summer of 2020.

  • Wrapper: Ecuador (Habano Corojo 99)
  • Binder: Nicaragua
  • Filler: Nicaragua & Peru
  • Luciano The Dreamer Hermoso No. 4 (5 x 48) — $12 (Box of 15, $180)
  • Luciano The Dreamer Toro de Lux (6 7/8 x 50) — $12.50 (Box of 15, $187.50)
  • Luciano The Dreamer Belicoso (5 1/2 x 52) — $12.95 (Box of 15, $194.25)

Production: Regular Production

Release Date: February/March 2022

Matilde Limited Exposure No. 2 2022

The second installment in Matilde Cigar Co.’s Limited Exposure series is produced at Tabacalera La Isla in the Dominican Republic—the factory owned by Hostos Fernández Quesada that is making all of the cigars in the series—and is set to begin shipping in mid-February due to a delay with the production of the cigar bands. — Patrick Lagreid.

  • Wrapper: Ecuador (Corojo)
  • Binder: Dominican Republic
  • Filler: Dominican Republic
  • Matilde Limited Exposure No. 2 2022 (6 x 50) — $10.50 (Box of 20, $210)

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

Release Date: February 2022

 

Maven Cyclone

Maven has been in the lighter business for a while, but hadn’t landed on my radar until this year’s Tobacco Plus Expo. Most of the company’s products are geared towards the cannabis and oil segment of the market, but there is definitely some cross over possibility into the premium cigar market. The company also makes a brand called Xuper, which are more in line with the budget-friendly cigar lighters you might find in your local cigar shop.

As for the six new lighters on display, all of them are table top lighters with large, single flame torches, feature flame adjusters and locking ignitions. Additionally, several of the models are offered in multiple color options, certainly many more than could be shown in one picture. A quick use of several of the models suggest that they’re well-made, but what really caught my eye was the incredibly clean and modern packaging which we don’t often see in the cigar industry.

  • Maven Cyclone — $29.99 – $34.99

Production: Regular Production

Release Date: January 2022

 

Maven Evo

  • Maven Evo — $35.99 – $39.99

Production: Regular Production

Release Date: January 2022

Maven Pillar

  • Maven Pillar — $29.99 – $34.99

Production: Regular Production

Release Date: January 2022

Maven Space

  • Maven Space — $34.99 – $39.99

Production: Regular Production

Release Date: January 2022

Maven Volt

  • Maven Volt — $34.99 – $39.99

Production: Regular Production

Release Date: January 2022

Montecristo Volume 2: The Rendezvous

The second release in the Montecristo Volume Series gets its name from the chapter in the second volume of Alexandre Dumas’ “The Count of Montecristo,” where the Count of Montecristo meets Albert de Morcerf, the son of his mortal enemy, and uses treasure and transformation to generate awe and inspiration from de Morcerf, It’s an exclusive release to Santa Clara, Inc., a distributor that is owned by Tabacalera USA, which also owns Altadis U.S.A. — Patrick Lagreid.

  • Wrapper: Ecuador (Habano)
  • Binder: Honduras (Broadleaf)
  • Filler: Honduras
  • Montecristo Volume 2: The Rendezvous Robusto (5 x 52) — $15 (Box of 10, $150)
  • Montecristo Volume 2: The Rendezvous Toro (6 x 50) — $16.10 (Box of 10, $161)
  • Montecristo Volume 2: The Rendezvous Churchill (7 x 56) — $17.30 (Box of 10, $173)

Production: Regular Production

Release Date: January 2022

Oliva Serie V Double Robusto BPT

After debuting in May 2021 as a limited edition size for the Spring 2021 Cigars Rights of America Freedom Sampler, this 5 x 54 box pressed double robusto is getting a more widespread release via Santa Clara Inc., a distributor owned by Tabacalera USA. — Patrick Lagreid.

  • Wrapper: Ecuador (Habano)
  • Binder: Nicaragua
  • Filler: Nicaragua
  • Oliva Serie V Double Robusto BPT (5 x 54) — $9.80 (Box of 24, $235.20)

Production: Regular Production

Release Date: May 2021

Plasencia Year of the Tiger

The Plasencia 1865 booth is one of the more impressive booths as far as comparing it to previous years. There’s beer on tap. Unfortunately, the lighting isn’t the most photography-friendly, but the new Year of the Tiger release is here. I’m told this is on its way to Miami, which means the cigars should be in stores next month. — Charlie Minato.

  • Wrapper: Nicaragua
  • Binder: Nicaragua
  • Filler: Nicaragua
  • Plasencia Year of the Tiger (6 1/4 x 54) — $40 (Box of 8, $320)

Production: 6,250 Boxes of 8 Cigars (50,000 Total Cigars)

Release Date: February 2022

Raumzeit

The latest creation from German Engineered Cigars—the company behind Rauchvergnügen—has a new line out called Raumzeit, the German word for spacetime. It’s also the first collaboration between the company and Claudio Sgroi, the former president and master blender of Mombacho Cigars S.A. According to the company, the blend’s flavor profile “takes you into a new dimension — a fantastic immersion in aromatic complexity and engineered perfection makes space and time become irrelevant,” while the aromatic experience is described as “traveling at the speed of light, far beyond the next galaxy, while a friendly android serves cake.” Take that to mean whatever you will, but this is one of only a handful of cigars to use a Nicaraguan-grown Connecticut seed wrapper, which could deliver some new and interesting flavors to those who smoke the cigar. — Patrick Lagreid.

  • Wrapper: Nicaragua (Connecticut)
  • Binder: Indonesia (Sumatra)
  • Filler: Dominican Republic (Piloto) & Nicaragua (Jalapa)
  • Raumzeit Half Corona (3 1/2 x 44) — $6.50 (Box/Bundle of 20, $130)
  • Raumzeit Robusto (5 x 54) — $11 (Box/Bundle of 20, $220)
  • Raumzeit Gran Toro (6 x 58) — $12 (Box/Bundle of 20, $240)

Production: Regular Production

Release Date: February 2022

Rocky Patel Freedom Maduro

There is now a maduro version of the Rocky Patel Freedom line, and it’s an exclusive to the distributor Santa Clara Inc. It joins the original Rocky Patel Freedom—which was released in 2012—as well as the Rocky Patel Connecticut, which offers a milder spin on the line. — Patrick Lagreid.

  • Wrapper: Nicaragua (Habano Oscuro)
  • Binder: Nicaragua
  • Filler: Nicaragua
  • Rocky Patel Freedom Maduro Robusto (5 1/2 x 50) — $5.78 (Box of 20, $115.60)
  • Rocky Patel Freedom Maduro Toro (6 x 52) — $6.35 (Box of 20, $127)
  • Rocky Patel Freedom Maduro Sixty (6 x 60) — $6.94 (Box of 20, $138.80)

Production: Regular Production

Release Date: January 2022

Romeo y Julieta Bed of Roses Humidor

This is a very large new humidor from Atladis U.S.A. that contains 24 exclusive cigars made by the Plasencia family. The humidor itself is impressive and—to repeat—very large. I wasn’t tall enough to see what the cigars looked like. — Charlie Minato.

  • Wrapper: Nicaragua (Habano)
  • Binder: Nicaragua
  • Filler: Nicaragua
  • Romeo y Julieta Bed of Roses Humidor (7 1/2 x 50) — $83.33 (Humidor of 24, $2,000)

Production: 100 Humidors of 24 Cigars (2,400 Total Cigars)

Release Date: March 2022

Sinistro Cigars Year of the Cowboy

The zodiac calendar may say that 2022 is the Year of the Tiger, but Sinistro’s calendar says it’s the Year of the Cowboy. The company is releasing two blends, a natural and maduro, both limited editions, and both offered in toro vitolas produced by the La Aurora Cigar Factory. The line incorporates the cowboy artwork that the company has used in several other projects, but gives it a dressed-up band fitting of a limited edition release.

  • Wrapper: United States (Connecticut)
  • Binder: Cameroon
  • Filler: Nicaragua, Dominican Republic (Piloto Cubano & Andullo), U.S.A. (Pennsylvania)
  • Sinistro Cigars Year of the Cowboy (6 x 54) — $15 (Box of 10, $150)

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

Release Date: February 2022

Sinistro Cigars Year of the Cowboy Maduro

  • Wrapper: U.S.A. (Connecticut Broadleaf)
  • Binder: Dominican Republic (Corojo)
  • Filler: Nicaragua and Dominican Republic (Piloto Cubano & Andullo)
  • Sinistro Cigars Year of the Cowboy Maduro (6 x 54) — $15 (Box of 10, $150)

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

Release Date: February 2022

Supreme Leaf Robusto

This is one of the few times that consumers are going to be able to taste how a tiny change in ring gauge can affect a blend. The original Supreme Leaf was a 5 x 52 robusto, the newest size is 5 x 54. Just two ring gauges—and different tobacco crops—separate the cigars from one another. — Charlie Minato.

  • Wrapper: Nicaragua
  • Binder: Nicaragua
  • Filler: Nicaragua
  • Supreme Leaf Robusto (5 x 54) — $11.50 (Box of 10, $115)

Production: 2,750 Boxes of 10 Cigars (27,500 Total Cigars)

Release Date: February 2022


Tarazona Corned Beef & Cabbage

Eddie Tarazona has used a barber pole design that includes the green candela leaf for a number of his releases in recent months, and now he’s adding one for St. Patrick’s Day. Stogie Bird, an online cigar subscription retailer, will be hosting the soft launch before it heads to other stores.
— Patrick Lagreid.

  • Wrapper: Ecuador (Connecticut & Candela) and Mexico (San Andrés)
  • Binder: Nicaragua
  • Filler: Nicaragua
  • Tarazona Corned Beef & Cabbage (6 x 52) — $9 (Bundle of 15, $135)

Production: 600 Bundles of 15 Cigars (9,000 Total Cigars)

Release Date: February 2022

Tarazona Fat Man

The second of two projects that Eddie Tarazona was showing off, this 6 x 60 perfecto is slated for April. I didn’t get a chance to see the actual cigar, but the boxes were on display in the booth. —Patrick Lagreid.

  • Wrapper: Mexico (San Andrés)
  • Binder: Nicaragua
  • Filler: Nicaragua
  • Tarazona Fat Man (6 x 60) — $10 (Bundle of 16, $160)

Production: 1,000 Boxes of 16 Cigars (16,000 Total Cigars)

Release Date: April 2022

VegaFina Year of the Tiger 2022 (U.S. Version)

There’s already a slightly longer (6 5/8 inches) version of this cigar that is in some international markets, but Altadis U.S.A. is planning on shipping the U.S. version of the VegaFina Year of the Tiger 2022 next week. One interesting note that wasn’t completely apparent to me when I first saw the product, the box is designed to look like a pagoda. — Charlie Minato.

  • Wrapper: Ecuador (Habano)
  • Binder: Nicaragua
  • Filler: Dominican Republic & Nicaragua
  • Plasencia Year of the Tiger (6 1/8 x 52) — $10.95 (Box of 10, $109.50)

Production: 500 Boxes of 16 Cigars (8,000 Total Cigars)

Release Date: Feb. 1, 2022

Vertigo Gator

This new single flame torch lighter measures 3.125 x 1.5 x .75 inches and offers a single action ignition, wind resistant flame, a retractable cigar punch and sturdy metal housing, including a pair of curves on one side for increased grip. It is offered in four colors: black, copper, a U.S. flag design and a camouflage design, each of which has an MSRP of $19.99.  — Patrick Lagreid

  • Vertigo Gator — $19.99

Production: Regular Production

Release Date: January 2022

Vertigo Shark

A new take on a cutter designed to give you a perfect cut every time, this features an almost completely closed back, but offers a slot that you can use to remove the cap of your cigar once it’s been cut along with other tobacco debris. The dual stainless steel blades are serrated and can handle up to a 64 ring gauge cigar. The body has an updated rubberized texture and can also double as a cigar rest. It measures 3.625 x 2.25 x .75 inches and is offered in four colors: black, red, blue and gunmetal. —Patrick Lagreid

  • Vertigo Shark — $19.99

Production: Regular Production

Release Date: February 2022

Villa Casdagli Nicarita

  • Wrapper: Ecuador
  • Binder: Nicaragua (Estelí)
  • Filler: Nicaragua (Estelí)
  • Villa Casdagli Nicarita (4 x 35) — $5 (Pack of 5, $25; Box of 25, $125)

Production: Regular Production

Release Date: March 2022

Villa Casdagli Peruvita

  • Wrapper: Ecuador
  • Binder: Peru
  • Filler: Peru
  • Villa Casdagli Peruvita (4 x 35) — $5 (Pack of 5, $25; Box of 25, $125)

Production: Regular Production

Release Date: March 2022

Villiger La Libertad

This is the new La Libertad, now being made at Villiger’s new factory in Nicaragua. Previously, the line has been made by Plasencia in Honduras and ABAM Factory in Santo Domingo. This is a new blend for the line, which previously used a Brazilian wrapper. — Charlie Minato.

  • Wrapper: Nicaragua (Criollo)
  • Binder: Dominican Republic (Cibao)
  • Filler: Nicaragua (Estelí & Jalapa)
  • Villiger La Libertad Corona (5 3/4 x 43) — $7.50 (Box of 20, $150)
  • Villiger La Libertad Robusto (5 x 52) — $8 (Box of 20, $160)
  • Villiger La Libertad Gran Toro (6 x 54) — $8.50 (Box of 20, $170)

Production: Regular Production

Release Date: January 2022

 

Patrick Lagreid is contributing a lot to this post.

This post will be updated throughout TPE 2022.

Update (Jan. 31, 2022) – An earlier version of this post listed the All Saints Dedicación Habano boxes as 20-count, they are 12-count.

Update (Feb. 1, 2022) — Plasencia 1865 clarified that there are 6,250 boxes of the Year of the Tiger total, 2,500 of which are for the U.S. market.

Charlie Minato

I am an editor and co-founder of halfwheel.com/Rueda Media, LLC. I previously co-founded and published TheCigarFeed, one of the two predecessors of halfwheel. I handle the editing of our written content, the majority of the technical aspects of the site and work with the rest of our staff on content management, business development and more. I’ve lived in most corners of the country and now entering my second stint in Dallas, Texas. I enjoy boxing, headphones, the Le Mans 24-hour, wearing sweatshirts year-round and gyros. echte liebe.