For the most part, cigar manufacturers like to emphasize their history whenever possible. Legacy brands like Hoyo de Monterrey or Romeo y Julieta will go out of their way to let you know they’ve been in production for over 100 years. Even newer cigar companies will celebrate anniversaries with special-edition cigars.
However, everyone has to start somewhere, and 200 years from now, some cigar company may proudly chart their heritage back to this year, 2023. On that note, today, we’re going to look at some new cigar brands that have recently hit the market.
(*Note –– just what separates a new cigar brand from a new line of cigars can sometimes be tricky to tell. So when in doubt, we’re going to include the cigar anyway. The more, the merrier, right?)
Los Statos Deluxe & Sancho Panza
Los Statos Deluxe and Sancho Panza underwent massive renovations in 2022. As such, you can essentially consider these to be “new brands.” Why have we decided to tie them together? Because they’ve been revitalized by the same guy: Matt Booth of Room101 Cigars fame.
Los Statos Deluxe features an Ecuadorian Sumatra wrapper, a Nicaraguan binder, and Nicaraguan and Dominican fillers. The bold new blend fits perfectly with the brand’s bold new look.
On the other hand, Sancho Panza offers three unique blends –– the Original, Double Maduro, and Extra Fuerte. As with Los Statos Deluxe, all of the Sancho Panza blends, packaging, and branding underwent significant overhauls in 2022. So both are perfect for smokers looking for something fresh and new!
What do you get when you let a cigar expert, a master distiller, and a heavy-metal guitarist put their heads together on a project? No, this isn’t a trick question –– we’re talking about Blackened M81 Cigars! The brainchild of Jonathan Drew (Drew Estate), Rob Dietrich (Blackened Whiskey), and James Hetfield (Metallica), M81 is a Maduro-heavy cigar. It has a Mexican San Andrés wrapper, a Connecticut River Valley broadleaf binder, and a mix of Nicaraguan and Pennsylvania broadleaf fillers.
Casa 1910 isn’t a brand-new cigar company (it was founded in 2021), but it offers something new for consumers –– that is, a cigar brand focused first and foremost on Mexican tobacco. Yes, Mexican San Andrés wrappers have grown in prominence over the past few years, but Casa 1910 takes things to another level. Indeed, their Cuchullo Parado is a Mexican puro –– a rarity even by modern cigar standards. If you’ve enjoyed cigars with Mexican wrappers in the past, or if you just appreciate cool branding and flavorful smokes, you could do a lot worse than Casa 1910.
Here’s a fun one for you: have you ever wanted to try a cigar called “Unicorn Tears”? How about “Yacht Rock” or “Space Ranger”? If so, you should know about a new line of flavored cigars called FLVR (get it?) that has just hit the market in 2022. These infused cigars taste great, and they’re a ton of fun to smoke.
What cigar are you most excited to try in 2023? Let us know in the comments section below. And before you go, make sure to sign up for Cigar World to get updates and reviews about all of your favorite cigar brands.
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3 Dennis James(57 days ago)
Casa 1910 and Blackened M81 sound right up my alley! Hopefully my local shop will pick them up. Would love to try a Mexican tobacco. I usually stick to a couple brands but am starting to want to branch out.