Jake Wyatt Cigar Company made their debut appearance at PCA 2021. The company is owned by Neil Garcia and Gerard Abajian, and is named after each owner’s sons, Jake and Wyatt.
The company launched in Feb. of 2020, unfortunately hitting as COVID-19 took hold. But this provided time to perfect their strategy, now seeing a larger rollout throughout 2021, including a showing at the TPE 2021 trade show earlier this year.
Jake Wyatt operates in the boutique space, rolling their own cigars out of the Tabacalera JVM factory in Tamboril, DR (which is named for Master Blender Joel Vazquez-Marrero). The lineup consists of five blends in the Gourmet series, as well as the newly added Lithium cigar, which kicks off the Connoisseur series. These cigars focus on flavor over strength, being described as mild and complex. Additionally, the majority of Jake Wyatt cigars (those in the Gourmet series) feature intricate wrapper designs, being known for spiraling leaves at both the foot and head.
The focus for PCA 2021 was the limited Lithium brand. This line was inspired by the old notion that Cuban cigars receive their rich character from the added levels of lithium within the volcanic soils of the country’s famed Vuelta Abajo growing region. The cigars use a Habano wrapper, a Dominican Corojo binder, and Dominican fillers of Corojo, Criollo, and a hybrid T13 leaf. There are four sizes available: Robusto (5″ x 50 | $10.80), Corona (5½” x 44 | $10.60), Belicoso (6″ x 52 | $10.90), and Toro (6″ x 54 | $10.90). The cigars are available in 22-count boxes, which is the number worn by generations of baseball players in Neil Garcia’s family.
The company also released the limited-edition Gourmet Lancero Sampler Pack, featuring each of the five blends in the Gourmet series rolled in a 7″ x 38 format. The assortment retails for $66 MSRP.