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JC Newman is now available in Australia. Firmin Cigars from Queensland and the oldest, still operating, American cigar manufacturer has come to an agreement. Firmin Cigars will be distributing a full line of J.C. Newman products. From both their Dominican made cigars and their Nicaraguan made cigars.

In an e-mail to Ministry of Cigars, Trent Firmin wrote he is super excited about bringing the cigars to Australia. He remembers smoking some of the brands back in the 1990s and now he’s the exclusive agent for J.C. Newman down under. Firmin Cigars distributes the cigars all over the 6th largest country in the world. From their home on the east coast, all the way to the west coast. All tobacconists, bars, and hotels can order J.C. Newman cigars via Firmin Cigars. Click here for an interview with Bobby Newman.

The selection

J.C. Newman has factories in Tampa, United States, and Esteli, Nicaragua. Their Dominican made cigars are produced by their long-time partner Arturo Fuente. And from that factory, Firmin Cigars stocked the Cuesta Rey, La Unica, and Diamond Crown cigars. Cuesta Rey got his name from the founder, Angel LaMadrid Cuesta, and his business partner Peregrino Rey. Cuesta founded the brand in 1884 and was once the official cigar of 19th century Spanish King Alfonso XIII. La Unica is the first bundled cigar packed in cellophane. It saw the light in 1986 after Stanford Newman pitched the idea to Carlos Fuente. Available in two blends, Connecticut Shade and Connecticut Broadleaf. And the blend hasn’t changed since 1986. But the bundle days are over, the cigars come packed in boxes nowadays. And then there is the Diamond Crown, the Opus X for J.C. Newman. The cigars were released in 1995 as a super-premium cigar to celebrate the 100th anniversary of J.C. Newman. And again, it was Stanford Newman who challenged Carlos Fuente to make something spectacular. And Stanford Newman set a new standard with the Diamond Crown, by wanted all the cigars to have a ring 54, which was unheard of back then.

From the factory in Esteli, Nicaragua Firmin and Newman picked the Brick House, Perla Del Mar, and Quorum lines to be represented in Australia. The brick house has a lot to do with the Newman family history. Before the family moved to the United States, they lived in the only brick house in their Hungarian village. And it was a tavern, so all the villagers would gather at their home. J.C. Newman created the brick house with Cuban tobacco and after the embargo, the brand disappeared. Until a few years ago, when the brand returned as a Nicaraguan cigar. It’s been a bestseller ever since. Perla Del Mar is an old Cuban brand. Pearl of the sea was a nickname for Cuba. J.C. Newman brought the brand back as a Nicaraguan cigar with both a Connecticut Shade and a Maduro wrapper. And then there is Quorum, probably the worlds best-selling bundle cigar. Also available in Connecticut and Maduro.

Ministry of Cigars - JC Newman is now available in Australia
photo credit: Corona Cigars

Firmin Cigars

Firmin Cigars is located on the Gold Coast of Australia. The distributor runs an online shop and focuses on Cuban cigars and boutique brands. Owner and operator Trent Firmin has a long history in tobacco. For more than 18 years, Firmin was the sales and cigar consultant for Alfred Dunhill Australia. Besides that, he was also store-manager for a cigar shop before venturing out on his own. Firmin Cigars is now focussed on bringing in high-quality cigars for the Australian cigar smokers and has a soft spot for boutique brands.