Despite the announcement earlier this year that parent company, Imperial Brands, is looking to sell off its premium cigar assets—including Altadis USA—the booth appeared to be operating without a hiccup at this year’s show.
Updates to the company’s large portfolio primarily consisted of five brands: Montecristo, Trinidad, H. Upmann, Henry Clay, and Aging Room.
- Montecristo Cincuenta (celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Tabacalera de Garcia factory)
- Montecristo Espada Oscuro
- Montecristo Espada Estoque (new packaging)
Trinidad Espiritu marks the first significant returned emphasis on the Trinidad brand in some time, featuring a vintage Caribbean theme and a hearty profile brought on through the use of a Nicaraguan puro recipe—prodiced at A.J. Fernández’s factory in Estelí.
Henry Clay had the War Hawk on display—a cigar that began shipping before the show, yet has proven to be a hit for the brand.
Aging Room Bin No. 2
Aging Room Bin No. 2 is a Nicaraguan-focused blend that is being produced at the famed Plasencia Cigars factory in Estelí. Brand-runner, Rafael Nodal, partnered with the Plasencia family, selecting tobaccos primarily from their farms on Nicaragua’s Ometepe island. The cigars incorporate entirely Nicaraguan leaves, with three available sizes priced in the $13 range.