Weekly news week 17 2021. Smokers of premium handmade cigars often don’t know, or forget, that our part of the cigar industry is only a small part. The most exciting one, with the most skill and passion but still. The majority of the cigars sold globally are machine-made cigars. With chopped-up pieces of tobacco, and these cigars are known as short fillers. This part of the industry has a long tradition, and some companies honor that tradition. One of them is Cortes, with an old factory in Belgium. Ministry of Cigars recently paid a visit to the NEOS cigar factory in Handzame.


The cigars for this week’s review come from Nicaragua and Honduras. Both cigars share a bit of the same background as both brands are female-owned. The K by Karen Berger Habano Solomon comes from Tabacalera Esteli in Nicaragua. And the Flor de Selva Year of the Ox stems from Honduras where Maya Selva makes this annual Edicion Limitada for the Chinese zodiac calendar.

New Cigars

The first tobacco trade show in more than a year is coming soon. Tobacco Expo Plus aka TPE will take place in two weeks in Las Vegas. So several exhibitors are releasing new cigars. That includes Stallone Cigars who come with The Pony. El Septimo Geneva is releasing two new cigars and a new line of accessories at the trade show. Fratello showcases a new fresh pack with five Dominican cigars. All made at Tabacalera La Aurora.

Other brands are releasing cigars as well. Not specifically for TPE. Such as Davidoff, who’s releasing a tribute to the Dominican Republic. Hiram & Solomon also release a Dominican cigar to raise funds for the Cigars for Warriors charity. Drew Estate is releasing several new items. First a sampler with six cigars. And two Herrera Esteli Lanceros in limited quantities. But there is also another collaboration with Cigar Dojo in the shape of two Undercrown Dogma cigars. Joya de Nicaragua celebrates the 20th anniversary of the successful Joya de Nicaragua Antaño line with a new Joya de Nicaragua Antaño Gran Reserva GT20. Jas Sum Kral is releasing a store exclusive version of Fuck the FDA, with the possibility to win firearms.

Ministry of Cigars - Joya de Nicaragua introduces Antaño Gran Reserva GT20

New Zealand

Cigar enthusiasts in the land down under can expect a few new cigars soon. Grant Ovenden, the owner of Canteros is bringing in a few new brands. Canteros is the only importer for New World Cigars in kiwi country. The new brands are Ponce and Alex Spencer Reserve. And since it’s a new month, we published the birthday calendar. This is the weekly news of week 17, 2021.

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