J.C. Newman’s unique Yagua project is back for 2021, with 1,000 boxes of 20 cigars shipping to retailers this week.
Yagua was inspired by Lazaro Lopez, factory manager at the company’s Nicaraguan-based PENSA factory:
“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.”
Inspired by this technique, the Newman’s debuted Yagua at the 2019 IPCPR trade show, later shipping the cigars in the summer of 2020. Yagua uses all-Nicaraguan binder/fillers and an under-fermented Connecticut Broadleaf wrapper. This allows the cigars to be rolled without the use of molds, instead taking on unique shapes when bound tightly in yagua bark while still wet. Because of this approach, the cigars must be aged for a full year after being rolled.
As with the 2020 release, 1,000 boxes have been crafted for 2021, offered in the same 6″ x 54 format.