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CA Report: Top New Cigars (Aug 17 2020)

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You know, people keep complaining to me about quarantine, but to me, it means more time on the deck in that glorious sunshine with my cigars. It’s hard to complain about that. But one COVID challenge that’s reared its ugly head for us is the difficulty in receiving shipments. The cigarmakers we love are taking their employees’ health and safety seriously, and if that means a few less sticks making their way to the new cigar rack, that’s okay with me. As they funnel through, I still try every last one of them, and the blends that impress me most make their way here.  
In this edition of Top New Cigars, we have a new arrival from Tabacalera USA, and a light-hearted take on an old flame from Joya de Nicaragua. Join me as I give a brief review of both, and as always, let me know what new cigars you’re smoking in the comments below!


Henry Clay War Hawk Rebellious  

Wrapper: Ecuador Habano 
Binder: Nicaragua 
Filler: Nicaragua 

top new cigars aug 17 2020 Henry Clay War Hawk Rebellious cigars at Famous Smoke Shop

Last year, Henry Clay War Hawk helped redefine the Connecticut genre. Its spicy predisposition made it an instant hit with fuller-bodied fans who wanted mellower smoke with a pulse. A year later and they’re back with the next generationTabacalera USA’s Head of Product Capability, Rafael Nodal told Cigar Advisor, “The War Hawk Rebellious features a very rare aged wrapper, which together with the 100% Nicaraguan blend, results in an extremely wellbalanced and complex smoking experience. The release is geared to consumers that are looking for new experiences and complex blends.” And with its notes of earthy spices, pepper, and lip-smacking sweetness, we can attest that Rafael is on the money. 


Joya de Nicaragua Antaño Shut the Box  

Wrapper: Nicaragua Habano Criollo 
Binder: Nicaragua 
Filler: Nicaragua 

top new cigars august 17 2020 joya de nicaragua antano 1970 shut the box cigars at Famous Smoke Shop
Shut The Box is a traditional English pub game that requires patience. A perfect match for this Antaño special edition, which is best enjoyed when you’re taking your time, savoring every puff. The box comes with both 20 cigars and everything you need to play the game

joya de nicaragua shut the box limited edition cigar

“For many years we have been thinking about ideas on how to make our empty boxes be useful after all cigars are smoked. This is how we decided to let people have some fun,” said Juan Ignacio Martínez, Joya dNicaragua Executive President on their website. Of course, you’ll find the same bold Antaño flavors you’ve come to love over the years. And even if the game isn’t for you, it’s a collector’s piece for any die-hard Joya disciple, and limited to 500 boxes. 

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Jared Gulick

Jared Gulick

Features Editor, Jared Gulick, is a Certified Tobacconist, nerd of all things science, musician and serial abuser of the Oxford comma. He made his way to the Famous Smoke Shop retail store in 2018 and joined the Advisors when it was discovered that he could locate the shift key. Prior to his work in the cigar industry, he was a recording studio engineer, songwriter, and a journalism major at Northampton Community College.

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