July 2020

Onyx comes with a Bold Nicaragua. The cigars are an amped-up version of the Dominican made Onyx Reserve. But it isn’t made in the Dominican Republic like it’s predecessor. The cigars can truly carry the name Nicaragua as they are made in Esteli. That’s not something other brands can say. A.J. Fernandez is responsible for producing the new Onyx Bold Nicaragua.

Altadis and A.J. Fernandez

The Onyx brand is owned by Altadis. In the recent past, Altadis reached out to A.J. Fernandez for collaborations. Altadis also works with Plasencia for the new Capitol cigars and Montecristo Espanada. With Fernandez, Altadis rebooted the new world Trinidad brand with a blend called Espiritu. Fernandez also produces the Montecristo Nicaragua Series for Altadis. Since Altadis owns the largest cigar factory in the Dominican Republic, it’s surprising that they outsource so much.

Onyx Bold Nicaragua is made with Nicaraguan tobacco as filler and binder. A Mexican San Andres Maduro wrapper finishes the cigar. The wrapper is aged for four years before being used. There are three cigars planned. A 6×54 Toro, a 5×50 Robusto, and a 6×60 Magnum. The cigars come in boxes of 20 pieces.

Ministry of Cigars - Onyx comes with a Bold Nicaragua

More reboots

Altadis has more brands that are in need of a reboot of revitalization. Brands that are dormant, or close to dormant for years. In the recent past, the company rebooted Henry Clay and Trinidad. According to Rafael Nodal, Altadis is also looking to revitalize other brands. Brands such as Saint Luis Rey, Troya, and Por Larranaga. Altadis has other dormant brands in the portfolio.

Altadis owns the copyright for a number of Cuban brand names in the United States. Those brands, such as Montecristo, Trinidad, Saint Luis Rey, and For Larranaga will not be distributed internationally. Even though Altadis is related to Habanos. The new world cigars from Altadis with Cuban brand names are not distributed outside the USA. Brands as Onyx might be released globally.

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