Ben, Justin and I got the show started by catching up with Oliver Nivaud in the United Cigar Group & Selected Tobacco booth. He shows us the limited releases of the Firecrackers. Each year a different manufacturer does one, previous manufacturer’s Firecrackers include the Tatuaje (M80), La Flor Dominicana Double Ligero, and RoMa Craft Tobac CroMagnon Firecracker (which is returning). Drew Estate, Dunbarton Tobacco & Trust and Fratello are also producing Firecrackers for them this year.
We also take a look at the new United Cigar sampler pack, the $5 Dos Hombres (they refund the tobacco tax to the retailer to ensure the price point), and a few of their other core lines before taking a look at what’s new with Atabey and Bandolero.
Atabey is switching to boxes, and moving away from jars for all but limited releases. We also check out new sizes of Atabey and Byron, a new unique ashtray, and discuss the extended aging of the cigars.