If there is one boutique brand that I would recommend keeping an eye on, it’s Ian Reith‘s Dapper Cigar Company. Reith is based out of Fresno, California. While Reith worked in the Information Technology (IT) space, he was also an avid cigar enthusiast. He eventually sought out to create his own cigars, and thus Dapper Cigar Company was born. Reith brings the best of both contemporary and classic style into both of his blends and packaging – and on top of it, he is producing some very good cigars.
2018 saw Reith extend two of his existing brands with new blends, as well as showcase another brand.
Having its official launch was the Siempre Sun Grown. The blend features an Ecuadorian-grown Sumatra Oscuro wrapper, the cigar features a U.S. Connecticut Broadleaf binder and a combination of Nicaraguan tobaccos from Estelí, Ometepe, and Jalapa as well as Honduran tobacco from the Jamastran Valley. The cigars are available in four sizes: Corona (5 5/8 x 45 ), Robusto (4 1/2 x 50), Toro (6 1/8 x 50), and Gordo (6 x 54). Each size is presented in 10-count boxes. The cigars are produced at Nicaragua America Cigars, S.A. (NACSA) in Estelí, Nicaragua.
The long-awaited El Borracho Maduro was showcased. It was a brand that already had a small limited release. This release is built on top of the original El Borracho Natural blend. It replaces the San Andres wrapper of the El Borracho Natural with a U.S. grown Connecticut Broadleaf wrapper. The remainder of the blend is all Nicaraguan but incorporates more ligero. El Borracho is available in three box-pressed sizes: Robusto (5 x 50), Toro (6 x 54), and Edmundo (5 1/2 x 52). Each size is presented in 16-count boxes. The boxes are natural wood, fully dressed hinge-tops with individual cellophane and barcoding.
The Edmundo size of the El Borracho Maduro will have an early release featuring a special handcrafted Talavera style ceramic humidor. The humidor was designed by ceramic artist Hannah Desch and handprinted by Héctor René Hinojosa (aka @TheCigarProphet) in the Talavera style of Mexico. A total of 20 16-count ceramic humidors will be made available as part of the early release.
A third blend is coming to Dapper Cubo brand with the Cubo Sumatra. This brand that Reith released five years ago is now is coming back with a wider release. The blend is highlighted by an Ecuadorian Sumatra wrapper, Nicaraguan binder, and a combination of Nicaraguan and Connecticut Broadleaf fillers. The cigars are available in four sizes: Corona (5 5/8 x 45 ), Robusto (4 1/2 x 50), Toro (6 1/8 x 50), and Gordo (6 x 54). The Corona and Robusto are available in 25-count boxes while the Toro and Gordo are available in 15-count boxes.
2018 Product Reports
- Dapper Cigar Company to Showcase Siempre Sun Grown at 2018 IPCPR
- Dapper Cigar Company to Showcase El Borracho Maduro at 2018 IPCPR
- Dapper Cigar Company Features Cubo Sumatra at 2018 IPCPR