Date: July 2020
Author: Inspector Z

JSK Sota Kakor shipped to Sweden. In October last year, Riste Ristevski from Jas Sum Kral showed some amazing artwork. Artwork with the Swedish text Sota Kakor. Sweet cookies. And it turned out that this is a limited regional edition for Sweden. The cigars are now inbound to the Scandinavian country. According to a press release, it’s the most anticipated release since ABBA. 

Kind Cigars

During the Jas Sum Kral promotional trip in Sweden in the fall of 2017, the idea of this cigar was born. Kind Cigars, the JSK distributor, asked for a regional Swedish exclusive. That’s the only question they have, no demands. Ristevski had full creative control over the blend and the artwork. And Ristevski draws inspiration from a traditional cookie from Sweden. Sota Kakor, which translates to sweet cookies.

“When it comes to detail, I am my worst enemy. Working on the band, I knew I wanted to incorporate the history of Sweden. Complete with traditional art, colors, and regal looks,” Ristevski said. “This was the last band Nuzli Hakiim designed for me before he went on to new things in life. Going back and forth with Martin picking his brain to get that authentic Swedish look and feel we finally agreed on prob the best band design I have seen in a long time.”

Ministry of Cigars - Jas Sum Kral is releasing Swedish

Test blend

At the intertabac trade show in September 2019, Ristevski presented the test blends to Karl Martin Brix Nelson from Kind Cigars. That happened outside the Westfalen Hallen where the show takes place. To get into the show, you have to go through a set of hallways where, unfortunately, no smoking is allowed. Brix Nelson lit the cigar and said “I can’t walk into the show. I HAVE to finish it. It’s amazing.” 

To get into the show, you have to go through a set of hallways where, unfortunately, no smoking is allowed. To continue, Brix Nelson would have had to put the cigar out. He refused. When Ristevski told him the cigar was the Sota Kakor, his reply was “You have to finish this cigar to the fingertips.”. Ristevski hopes that everyone who tries the Sota Kakor has the same fascination as Brix Nelson has.

Ministry of Cigars - Jas Sum Kral Sota Kakor

Limited availability 

Only 180 boxes of 12 cigars were made. That’s because of the limited tobacco that was available. The cigars are 5½x48 long with an aged Ecuadorian Habano wrapper. The binder is Nicaraguan, Criollo 98 Ligero from Esteli to be precise. Add three Nicaraguan fillers, from Jalapa, Condega, and Somoto, and you have the Sota Kakor. Jas Sum Kral revealed that a Maduro version is made as well, for a later release date.

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