Caldwell was one of, if not, the most exciting booths for the 2016 IPCPR. That’s no small feat, considering the chaotic nature of this year’s show, with brands throwing near-anything in their arsenal out in an attempt to beat the approaching FDA regulations.

A relatively new brand, Caldwell Cigar Co. was introduced in 2014. They clearly expanded operations by 2015, but more than doubled booth sizes yet again for this year’s show. Brand owner Robert Caldwell has always emphasized art throughout his projects and the it showed in their uniquely designed compound, which included La Barba Boutique Cigars, to the delight of craft enthusiasts.

IPCPR 2016 thanks to @recirclehome for the booth build and @mattlwilcox for the badass printing.

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All Out Kings

One of the most talked about cigars for 2016 and at the show was All Out Kings. The cigars are a unique collaboration between Caldwell and Drew Estate, being produced at the Joya de Nicaragua factory. The line was advertised to appear at Caldwell’s booth a few days prior to the show but didn’t make an appearance until the 3rd day – even then they weren’t in their complete form. The cigars were said to begin shipping following the show and it appears the first wave was sent on 8/3/16.

SEE ALSO: Cigar Dojo reviews All Out Kings by Caldwell Cigar Co.

  • Wrapper: Connecticut Stalk Cut & Sun-Cured Habano
  • Binder: Indonesia Sumatra
  • Filler: Jalapa Viso | Estelí Viso | Dominican C-98 Seco | Connecticut Broadleaf Ligero
  • Factory: La Gran Fabrica Drew Estate (Nicaragua)
  • Production: Regular Release
  • Packaging: 20-ct boxes
  • Price: $12.80 – $15.80
  • Release: March, 2017
  • Smash (5 x 52) | $13.80
  • Gimme your Lunch Money (5¾ x 46) | $12.80
  • Foreverlast (6½ x 54) | $14.80
  • The Fourth Pose (6 x 54) | $15.80

First AOK shipping tomorrow. @jonathandrew1 @herreraesteli #de4l #runfromus

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Anastasia

Anastasia is another collaboration, where Robert worked with Ernesto Perez-Carrillo and his Tabacalera La Alianza factory in the DR. The cigars arrive in 4 sizes and are priced similarly to the AOK project, though they are said to be much more limited. We were told the cigars were geared primarily to the non-US market, with only a select few US stores receiving shipments. The cigar is part of a series that started with 2015’s The Last Tsar – it features Grand Duchess Anastasia Nikolaevna on the band, daughter of Tsar Nicholas II (the last tsar).



  • Wrapper: N/A
  • Binder: N/A
  • Filler: N/A
  • Factory: Tabacalera La Alianza S.A. (Dominican Republic)
  • Production: N/A
  • Packaging: 20-ct boxes
  • Price: $12.50 – $14.70
  • Caspia (5¾ x 43) | $12.50 (Box of 20, $250)
  • Kartel (5 x 49) | $13.30 (Box of 20, $266)
  • Mercure (7 x 47) | $14 (Box of 20, $280)
  • Opera (6 x 52) | $14.70 (Box of 20, $294)

Caldwell Cigar Co. Anastasia cigars IPCPR 2016

Blind Man’s Bluff Connecticut

As the name suggests, last year’s Blind Man’s Bluff has gone Connecticut. The cigars are made at the Agroindustrias Laepe factory (Camacho factory) in Honduras. They should be shipping any day now. Interestingly, they will arrive in 2 more sizes than the original, which has 3 sizes.

  • Wrapper: Ecuador Connecticut
  • Binder: Honduras
  • Filler: Dominican Republic | Honduras
  • Factory: Agroindustrias Laepe S.A. (Honduras)
  • Production: Regular Release
  • Packaging: 20-ct boxes
  • Price: $6.90 – $9.90
  • Corona (5¾ x 44) | $6.90
  • Churchill (7 x 48) | $9.90
  • Robusto (5 x 50) | $7.90
  • Toro (6 x 52) | $8.90
  • Magnum (6 x 60) | $9.90

Caldwell Cigar Co. Blind Man's Bluff Connecticut cigars IPCPR 2016

Eastern Standard

Dos Firmas

Dos Firmas translates to “Two Firms”, it is also known as “Caldwell Signature”. The blend is said to be the personal blend for Caldwell’s close partner, William Ventura, whom produces most Caldwell cigars. Ventura gave Caldwell the opportunity to release the blend, due to looming FDA regulations. The presentation features Caldwell and Ventura’s signatures on the box and is marketed under the Eastern Standard line. The cigars use a more traditional Connecticut shade wrapper, differing from Eastern Standard’s darker Connecticut Hybrid Ecuadoriano leaf.

SEE ALSO: Dos Firmas Caldwell Signature 46 x 4⅞ Cigar Review

  • Wrapper: Connecticut
  • Binder: N/A
  • Filler: N/A
  • Factory: N/A (most likely Tabacalera William Ventura or Caldwell Cigar Factory in the DR)
  • Production: N/A
  • Packaging: 20-ct | 7-ct boxes
  • Price: $9.60 – $15.00
  • Release: Now Shipping
  • Caldwell Signature Culebra (6 x 30) | $15.00 (Box of 7, $105)
  • Caldwell Signature 46 x 4⅞ (4⅞ x 46) | $9.60 (Box of 20, $192)
  • Caldwell Signature Piramide con Cabeza (5⅛ x 50) | $11 (Box of 20, $220)
  • Caldwell Signature 52 x 4¾ (4¾ x 52) | $10.40 (Box of 20, $208)

Midnight Express

Maduro fans rejoice, the popular Eastern Standard now comes draped in a Connecticut Arapiraca Maduro leaf – keeping with the theme of Connecticut-related wrapper varieties in the ES line. The rest of the blend looks to be the same as the original ES cigars.

  • Wrapper: Ecudorian Aracon Maduro
  • Binder: Dominican Habano
  • Filler: Dominican Corojo | Dominican Criollo
  • Factory: Tabacalera William Ventura (Dominican Republic)
  • Production: Regular Release
  • Packaging: 20-ct boxes
  • Price: $10.00 – $13.80
  • Release: Now Shipping
  • Corona (5⅜ x 46) | $10.00
  • Robusto (5 x 50) | $11.20
  • Piramide (6 x 50) | $13.80
  • Toro (6 x 52) | $12.60

Savages

Described to us as an upgraded Long Live the King, Savages features original artwork by the Italian artist known as Pixel Pancho. There are 5 vitolas and are made in collaboration with the Venturas, as are the regular LLTK cigars. Savages was sold only to existing Caldwell accounts and will be shipping soon.

  • Wrapper: Habano
  • Binder: N/A
  • Filler: N/A
  • Factory: Tabacalera William Ventura (Dominican Republic)
  • Production: N/A
  • Packaging: 10-ct boxes
  • Price: $11.00 – $15.00
  • Release: Shipping after IPCPR show
  • Corona Larga (8 x 45) | $15.00
  • Corona Extra (6 x 46) | $11.00
  • Piramide (6 x 50) | $14.00
  • Super Rothschild (4¾ x 52) | $12.00
  • Toro (6 x 54) | $13.00

Other

Other changes came in the form of a few size changes/additions (now 4 sizes for The Last Tsar, etc.).

There was also an interesting move away from the available blending information, which Caldwell originally boldly displayed on every box. The strategy now feels very “undisclosed”.

Caldwell representatives also hinted the brand would be phasing out the Iberian Express lineup, which was just revamped at last year’s IPCPR show – originally known as Caldwell’s “Selección Junior Varsity”.