J.C. Newman Cigar Company is launching The American, the first 100 percent American cigar. Hand rolled by Americans in a historic U.S. cigar factory using heirloom American cigar tobaccos, this cigar is all-American, from its boxes, bands, labels cigar molds, and even its cellophane tubes. All parts of this unique project were made in the U.S. by J.C. Newman Cigar Company, America’s oldest family-owned premium cigar maker.
“The American speaks to the heart of who we are: a four-generation, 124-year-old, American family business,” said Drew Newman, great-grandson of company founder J.C. Newman. “Our country’s rich premium cigar tradition dates to the Colonial Era. As an American, I wanted to prove that we could hand roll a world-class cigar in the United States using American tobaccos. I am thrilled that we have created an outstanding all-American cigar.”
The American is the first cigar rolled with a Florida Sun Grown wrapper, grown by Corona Cigar Co.’s Jeff Borysiewicz in Clermont, Florida. The binder is a Connecticut Broadleaf grown by eighth-generation family farmer Jon Foster and the filler is a blend of Foster’s Connecticut Havana tobacco with tobaccos grown by the Mennonites in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania.
“We are delighted to see our exclusive Florida Sun Grown wrapper tobacco being used on a cigar that is hand crafted in America’s ‘Cigar City,’” said Borysiewicz. “A hundred years ago, it was commonplace for Florida-grown tobacco to be rolled into cigars in Tampa’s numerous cigar factories. We are proud to be working with the Newman family to bring back this long lost cigar-making tradition after a 50 year hiatus.”
The American was the first brand of cigars rolled in J.C. Newman’s El Reloj factory when it opened in 1910 in Ybor City, Florida. To celebrate its 125th anniversary next year, J.C. Newman recreated this historic brand. The company has also has made an investment to restore El Reloj. This project includes a new cigar museum, factory store, handmade cigar factory-within-a-factory, tours, seminars, and event space. Once completed, El Reloj will be a premier destination for cigar tourism in the United States.
The American will initially be released in four sizes in 20-count boxes with a suggested retail price of $16 and $19.50. J.C. Newman will have two simultaneous events in Orlando and Tampa in May 31, 2019, from 6-10 p.m. to launch The American:
Corona Cigar Co.
7792 W. Sand Lake Rd.
Orlando, FL 32819
Hosts: Jeff Borysiewicz and Drew Newman
Davidoff of Geneva Since 1911
4142 W. Boy Scout Blvd.
Tampa, FL 33607
Hosts: Bobby Newman and Eric Newman
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