For the first time, Caldwell Cigar Company and Cigar Dojo have collaborated, showcasing a limited-edition blend that draws inspiration from both company’s backgrounds.

Spanning the period of 1867 to 1912, Japan was ruled by Emperor Meiji (aka Meiji the Great). During his reign, Meiji oversaw rapid progress for the Empire of Japan, transforming the country from an isolated and pre-industrial state into a dominant and respected power on the world stage. For this reason, Japan is often viewed in terms of “old Japan” (pre-Meiji) and “new Japan” (post-Meiji).

With Cigar Dojo launching the world’s first and largest social cigar app in 2012, modernization of the oncearchaic cigar industry has always been a principal objective

Such modernization is no stranger to Robert Caldwell and his Caldwell Cigar Company, which took the craft cigar world by storm in 2014, quickly filling the humidors of cigar fanatics with the likeness of a bearded fisherman named Hans Nielsen Lahkso. This cigar, known as Eastern Standard, helped pave the way for Caldwell’s unorthodox persona in the craft cigar space. With Cigar Dojo launching the world’s first and largest social cigar app in 2012, modernization of the once-archaic cigar industry has always been a principal objective.

Far Eastern Standard marks the firstever usage of the cultfavorite lancero vitola for a Cigar Dojo releasea format that is often praised for offering a concentrated and elegant smoking character

Cigar Dojo’s penchant for Asian culture and Caldwell’s progressive character have been mashed, blended, and fused, materializing in the form of a 7″ x 40 lancero known as Far Eastern Standard. Paying tribute to the original Eastern Standard cigar—a longtime favorite of Cigar Dojo—the Far Eastern Standard showcases the hand-drawn likeness of Emperor Meiji. Far Eastern Standard marks the first-ever usage of the cult-favorite lancero vitola for a Cigar Dojo release—a format that is often praised for offering a concentrated and elegant smoking character. In addition, the thin ring gauge allows for added influence from the blend’s wrapper ingredient—a Colorado-shade Nicaraguan Habano leaf. This leaf is backed by an Indonesian binder and fillers of both Nicaragua (Habano) and the Dominican Republic (Piloto Cubano).

Caldwell Far Eastern Standard lancero cigar

I was very excited to take part in this collaboration with Dojo. We wanted to put together a product that would really be top-notch. This cigar is a cigar that I have been smoking almost every day since we first blended it. It really is my perfect cigar. It’s medium-bodied, rich, creamy, smooth and balanced.Robert Caldwell, owner of Caldwell Cigar Co.

As a final touch, Far Eastern Standard has been packaged directly following the rolling process at the Tabacalera William Ventura factory in the Dominican Republic. During the cigar’s testing phases, the freshly rolled cigars performed so well that the decision was made to allow cigar hobbyists the same experience. This adds a slight punch to the otherwise medium-bodied profile of the Far Eastern Standard, showcasing a thick smoking texture and deep flavors of hazelnut, white pepper, heavy cream, caramel, and vanilla-mint throughout the finish.

We have been hoping to do a lancero for a long time and Robert nailed the perfect blend combination with this Far Eastern Standard. This cigar oozes tons of flavor and has instant-classic written all over it.Eric Guttormson, owner of Cigar Dojo

Far Eastern Standard is being released exclusively through Cigar Dojo retail partner Smoke Inn Cigars. This includes a pre-release party at Smoke Inn’s flagship Boynton Beach location on November 6th at 7pm. Both Robert Caldwell and the Cigar Dojo team will be in attendance. Following the pre-release event, the remaining allocation of Far Eastern Standard cigars—300 bundles of 10 cigars total—will be sold on Smoke Inn’s online store on November 8th at 12pm (Eastern Time). Far Eastern Standard is priced at $89.95 (MSRP) per 10-count bundle.

Caldwell Far Eastern Standard packaging

Far Eastern Standard Breakdown

  • Wrapper: Nicaraguan Habano
  • Binder: Indonesia
  • Filler: Piloto Dominicano | Nicaraguan Habano
  • Factory: Tabacalera William Ventura (Dominican Republic)
  • Production: Limited Edition (3,000 cigars)
  • Packaging: 10-ct bundle
  • Vitola: 7″ x 40 (Lancero)
  • Price: $9.00 (single) | $89.95 (bundle)
  • Release: November 8, 2019 (12PM Eastern)
  • Retailer: Smoke Inn Cigars

Far Eastern Standard

Don’t miss out on this special project! Dojo cigars have been known to completely sell out in as little as one hour… But if you play by the rules and follow our instructions below, your chances of securing a bundle (or more) will dramatically increase.

November 6, 2019
7:00pm Pre-release sale and event with Cigar Dojo & Caldwell
November 8, 2019
12:00pm Email will be sent with exclusive link to purchase cigars
12:10pm Exclusive link will be posted on Cigar Dojo app (with push notification)
12:20pm Exclusive link will be posted on the Cigar Dojo website
12:30pm Information will be posted on Cigar Dojo’s social media accounts

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