R&D Cigars, a project spearheaded by Tobacconist University showcased its latest release at the 2015 IPCPR Trade Show – the R&D PA/CT Broadleaf Serie 2 project.  This is a cigar that is available to a select number of Tobacconist University Certified Retail Tobacconists (CRT) retailers.  Once again, Tobacconist University teams up with Jesus Fuego to blend the cigar.

Part of the goal of the R&D Cigars project is to educate people on the cigars. The cigar features what is described as an experimental wrapper  grown in Pennsylvania from a Connecticut Broadleaf seed. This was a project pioneered by A.J. Fernandez. While Fuego blended the cigar, the cigar is also produced at Fernandez’s Tabacalera Fernandez factory in Nicaragua.  The remainder of the blend consists of a Honduran Jamastran Habano seed binder and filler consisting of Nicaraguan tobaccos from Ometepe (Habano Criollo 98), Jalapa (Habano Corojo 99), and Esteli (Habano Criollo 98)

The cigars will be a limited production of 20,000 cigars.  There are three vitolas being produced – a 5 x 50 Robusto (Total production 8,000 cigars), a 6 x 50 Toro (Total production 8,000 cigars), and a 7 x 47 Churchill (Total production 4,000 cigars).

In addition a 5 five pack of Puro Components will be offered.  A Puro Component is rolled tobacco from a single tobacco type.  The pack contains a Puro Component from each of the five tobaccos that make up the PA/CT Broadleaf blend.  The Puro Component measures 3 7/8 x 26


The R&D PA/CT Broadleaf is the second project by Tobacconist University.  Last year, Tobacconist University teamed up with Fuego to produce the R&D Brazilian Corojo Capa Especial Serie 1 – a cigar that consisted of a rare Brazilian Corojo leaf.

At a glance, here is a look at the R&D PA/CT Broadleaf

Blend Profile

Wrapper: Pennsylvania Connecticut (PA/CT) Broadleaf
Binder: Honduran Jamastran (Habano Seed)
Filler: Nicaraguan Ometepe (Habano Criollo 98), Nicaraguan Jalapa (Habano Corojo 99), Nicaraguan Esteli (Habano Criollo 98)
Country of Origin: Nicaragua (Tabacalera Fernandez)

Vitolas Available

Robusto: 5 x 50
Toro: 6 x 50
Churchill: 7 x 47
Puro Component: 3 7/8 x 26 (* – consists of a single tobacco from the R&D PA/CT Broadleaf blend)