Date: November 2019
Author: Inspector Z

New cigars for New Zealand. The one and only distributor for New World cigars in Kiwi country, Canteros, has been ordering a lot of new products before the tax hike of 10% comes into effect. And the distributor has also ordered extra stock for cigars that were already in their portfolio.

In the next few weeks, a few shipments are to be expected at the Cigar Merchant warehouse. And the shipments come from Nicaragua, Honduras, and the Dominican Republic.


Canteros confirmed the arrival of several brands from Nicaragua. The Joya de Nicaragua Numero Uno, Antaño CT, and Tripa Larga de Torcedo make their debut in New Zealand. But that’s not all. Other Joya lines that were out of stock will be available again. Those include the Clasico, Red, Cabinetta, Black, Silver, Antano 1970, Antano Dark Corojo, and Antano Gran Reserva.

Also from the Joya de Nicaragua factory is Fratello. The brand new Fratello Piccolo is making its debut. But the Fratello Navetta and Fratello Classico are back in stock as well. The Sobremesa Brûlée by Dunbarton Tobacco & Trust will be introduced too. The shipment means the return of the Muestras de SAKA Unicorns, Sobremesa, Todos Las Dias, Mi Querida, and Sin Compromiso as well. 

Ministry of Cigars - New cigars for New Zealand
Joya de Nicaragua Numero Uno

From the Aganorsa factory, two lines make their debut in New Zealand. Those are the Warped La Colmena Unico Especial Tins and the J.F.R. Lunatic Loco Perfecto Maduro. 

The last shipment from Nicaragua comes from Drew Estate. And that means that the Liga Privada No.9, Undercrown Maduro, Liga Privada Unico Nasty Fritas, Herrera Esteli Habano/Norteno/Brazilian Maduro, Nica Rustica, ACID, Isla del Sol, Isla del Sol Maduro, MUWAT, Factory Smokes, Tabak Especial, and Deadwood are back in stock. But there is also new product from Drew Estate. The new cigars are Kentucky Fire Cured, Kentucky Fire Cured Sweets, Undercrown Shady XX, and ACID Krush tins, Liga Privada No.9 tins, Undercrown Shade/Maduro/Sun Grown tins, Isla del Sol tins, and Isla del Sol Maduro tins.

Honduras and the Dominican Republic

At the IPCPR Trade Show, Ventura Cigars released two lines named after two legendary cigar blenders, Benji Menendez and Manolo Quesada. The cigars are made at the Quesada factory on the Dominican Republic for Cuban Cigar Factory. Cuban Cigar Factory is part of the Ventura umbrella. And those cigars are now introduced to New Zealand.

Oscar Valladares also shipped cigars to New Zealand. The Leaf by Oscar returns in the Maduro, Corojo, and Sumatra version. And The Oscar returns as well. New are Johnny, Rosalila by Oscar, Oscar Valladares Ciseron Blue 1/Red 2/Purple 4/Green-Blue 5, Superfly (3-sizes) and Wild Hunter.

Last but not least is Alec Bradley. The Alec Bradley Fine & Rare makes its debut. And the Medalist, MAXX, Black Market, Black Market Esteli, American Sun Grown, Nica Puro, Connecticut, Spirit of Cuba, Magic Toast, Prensado, Mundial, and Sanctum will all be back in stock.


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