J.C. Newman introduces a new cigar, called Yagua, that will soon be available in stores in the US.
The cigar was inspired by Lazaro Lopez, General Manager at J.C. Newman’s PENSA factory in Nicaragua. He share the following story with Drew Newman: “At our family farm, my grandfather would take fresh tobacco leaves from the curing barns and roll cigars without any molds or presses. In an attempt to give his cigars a traditional shape, he would tie a handful of them together using pieces of the Cuban royal palm tree, known as the Yagua. When he was ready to enjoy his personal cigars, he untied the bundle. He loved how every cigar had its own unique shape. I still remember the rich aroma and taste of my grandfather’s cigars. Today, I’ve recreated Yagua, rolling them exactly how my grandfather did a century ago.”
Drew Newman adds: “After hearing Lazaro describe the beautiful Yagua cigars he remembers from his youth in Cuba, I asked Lazaro if he could make this special cigar at our factory in Nicaragua. We are calling it Yagua, after the palm leaves that give the cigars their distinct shape.”
The blend is made up of a Connecticut Broadleaf wrapper, over Nicaraguan binder and filler. Yagua comes in a single size that measures approximately 54 x 152 mm (6″). “Because the cigars are pressed together and bound while they are still wet, each one has a slightly different shape. Each cigar is truly unique,” said Newman.
The bundles, consisting of twenty cigars, are wrapped in said palm leaf and packaged in boxes. Retail price is set at $7.50 per cigar and the first release is limited to 1,000 boxes. They are expected to ship to retailers next week.