7 Cool Cigar Brands Spotted at Smoker Friendly’s Conference and Tobacco Festival

Tobacco retailers wanting to expand their offerings in cigars would have found Smoker Friendly’s Conference and Tobacco Festival a veritable one-stop shop.

At the showcase, held Aug. 25 in the Denver area, more than a dozen cigar makers, along with several dozen other manufacturers of tobacco products, set up booths to show off their latest lines.

Click through to see a few of the cigar exhibitors that took part.

Altadis USA

Altadis USA

Altadis USA, based in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., displayed its Backwoods brand of cigars. One product in that line is the all-natural Backwoods Honey Bourbon, available in singles and five-packs. A blend of smooth Kentucky bourbon and golden honey flavors, it initially was the manufacturer’s first limited-edition variety.

Nat Sherman

Nat Sherman

New York-based Nat Sherman showcased several of its lines, including namesake Nat Sherman and Metropolitan.

Rocky Patel Premium Cigars

Rocky Patel Premium Cigars

Rocky Patel Premium Cigars, Bonita Springs, Fla., represented The Edge and Java cigar lines, among other brand names.

Scandinavian Tobacco Group

Scandinavian Tobacco Group

Scandinavian Tobacco Group, Tucker, Ga., showcased its Half Pipe series, among other things. One example in the product line: Half Pipe Sweet Ride is a mellow-tasting cigar, according to the company. The hand-rolled, precut cigars contain a blend of Black Cavendish pipe tobacco and premium Dominican cigar tobacco. The cigars come in display cases of 10 cigars, which are packaged individually in foil pouches.

Smoker Friendly

Smoker Friendly

Smoker Friendly, Boulder, Colo., hosted the conference and festival but also showcased its own brand of cigars.

Swisher International

Swisher International

Swisher International, Darien, Conn., had multiple products in the 99-cent and two-for-99-cents range. A recent release, Swisher Sweets' Outlaws Cigars are rough-cut, hand-rolled cigars crafted in Honduras from sun-grown tobaccos. Available in three-count packages, Outlaws Natural Leaf Cigars come in Original (combination of air-cured tobaccos); Double Barrel Rum (enhanced by oak barrels and wooden casks); Campfire (blend of dark fire tobacco and hint of marshmallow); Peach Brandy (inspired by bootleggers’ recipe of aging peaches to create smooth brandy); and Honey Maple.  

Drew Estate

Miami-based Drew Estate had a large presence at the festival, including its Tabak and Acid product lines. One of the company's product lines, the Florida Sun Grown brand, features tobacco grown just outside of Orlando, Fla., in partnership with Corona Cigar Co. The line features four sizes: a 5 by 54 Robusto (SRP of $230 per 20-count box), a 6 by 52 Toro (SRP of $260 per 20-count box), a 6½ by 54 Belicoso (SRP of $280 per 20-count box) and 6 by 60 Sixty (SRP of $300 per 20-count box). The blend features select Nicaraguan fillers, while the binder is a habano-seed tobacco from Honduras.