Privada Cigar Club expands wholesale division and converts six lines to regular production


Privada Cigar Club has announced that it is expanding its wholesale distribution, transitioning six of its previously limited edition lines into regular production offerings.

Privada will continue to operate the Limited Cigar Association (LCA), formed in June 2020 as a group of brick-and-mortar retailers who could carry Privada’s offerings, cigars that were largely limited to the monthly cigar subscription club, and other cigars in limited edition, published monthly. However, Clark Thornton, director of the LCA, said half wheel that the LCA is nearing capacity and will likely close new accounts or at least severely limit the number of new accounts that can be added.

“Our focus has always been to offer the most interesting and highest quality cigars,” Thornton said in a press release. “For some time now, we have wanted to offer the shops the consistent portfolio they want. The challenge was that we are constantly dealing with experimental tobaccos or tobaccos that are extremely limited in supply and while this makes great limited edition material it was difficult to find blends that could be made over and over again and which it creates our quality and uniqueness standards.”

As such, a new tier is being added to Privada’s wholesale operations that will not have access to the LCA limited edition releases, but will have access to a new group of regular production cigars from Privada’s archives: The Good Life, 1491, Kings County , Mad Monkey, Blue Cheese and Cigar1. All six cigars are offered in a single vitola, which the company believes best expresses what each blend has to offer.

The Good Life is a 6 x 54 Toro using a Connecticut broadleaf wrapper, a Brazilian Mata Fina binder and fillers from Nicaragua’s Jalapa, Condege and Estelí regions. Released in 2019, it was Privada’s first-ever collaboration with JC Newman Cigar Co. It retails for $13 and comes in boxes of 25.

1491 is a Dominican puro that uses Corojo tobacco for the wrapper, binder and filler and comes in a 6 x 50 Toro vitola. Blended by Chico Rivas to experience indigenous Dominican tobacco at its purest, it was named for the year before Columbus reached America. “To smoke 1491 is to share an experience with peoples who lived centuries and millennia ago, the peoples who were the first to cultivate tobacco from the earth and whom we thank for the pleasure and joy we all get from smoking cigars today share, are indebted. ‘ the company wrote. Priced at $11 per cigar and sold in boxes of 20.

A nod to Brooklyn, New York, Kings County was created by rapper AZ in collaboration with several former Bad Boy Records executives as a tribute to The Notorious BIG, and fillers from Nicaragua and Peru. His band is characterized by the “Jesus Piece”, a recognizable gem from the world of hip-hop. Priced at $13 per cigar and sold in boxes of 20.

Mad Monkey is a 6 x 48 Nicaraguan Puro that uses a Habano Maduro wrapper and double binder, which the company says gives it a flavorful and bold profile. It was created by Tony Barrios of Stallone Cigars and manufactured by Tabacalera Perla in Nicaragua. It costs $12 and comes in boxes of 20.

Blue Cheese refers to the name of a $100 bill, or more specifically to the blue security stripe on the bill. It is also a Nicaraguan puro highlighted by a Habano wrapper and made by AJ Fernandez. It is offered in a 6 x 52 Toro Vitola priced at $11 and presented in boxes of 25.

Finally, Cigar1 is another collaboration with JC Newman Cigar Co. that debuted in February 2022. It is the only one of the six cigars to be released in individually sealed foil lined pouches for freshness. It is offered in two blends: Rose, which uses a sun-grown Ecuadorian habano rosado wrapper; and cream that uses a Brazilian mata fina wrapper. Both use a Nicaraguan binder and filler and cost $10.95 per cigar.

“These are the blends that we have found that can still be reproduced, but still provide consumers with a smoking experience that is as special as the experience they have come to expect from LCA releases,” said Thornton.

Images courtesy of Privada Cigar Club.

Patrick Lagreid

I strive to capture the essence of a cigar and the people behind it in my work – every cigar you light is the culmination of the work of countless people and often represents generations of struggles and stories. For me it’s about so much more than the cigar – it’s about the story behind it, the experience of enjoying the work of craftsmen and the way a good cigar can bring people together. In addition to my work with Halfwheel, I am the public address announcer for the Colorado Rockies and Arizona Diamondbacks during spring training, as well as for the Arizona Fall League’s Salt River Rafters, the WNBA’s Phoenix Mercury and the league’s Arizona Rattlers for indoor soccer. I also work in a variety of roles for, as well as being a voice actor. I previously covered the Phoenix and national cigar scene for and was an editor for Cigar snob Magazine.


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