Get 1 Year of Cigar Aficionado for Just $24.95 + A Free Gift!

Cigars

J.C. Newman Goes Farm-Fresh with Palm Leaf-Wrapped Yagua

Jul 23, 2020 | By Chris Esposito
J.C. Newman Goes Farm-Fresh with Palm Leaf-Wrapped Yagua
Photos/J.C. Newman Cigar Co.
The Yaguas come wrapped in palm leaf from the Yagua tree, which gives each cigar its unique shape.

Connoisseurs will tell you no two cigars are exactly the same. For the new Yagua from J.C. Newman Cigar Co., the differences are obvious. Rolled with under-fermented Connecticut Broadleaf, these farm-fresh cigars are tightly bundled using palm leaf from the Yagua tree, where together they shapeshift into their own unique forms. The novel smokes will begin heading to brick-and-mortar stores by July 31.

The idea to make the Yagua began in Estelí, Nicaragua a year ago, but the concept isn’t new. One night Drew Newman, general counsel for J.C. Newman, and Lazaro Lopez, co-factory general manager of J.C. Newman’s Puros de Estelí Nicaragua, S.A. (PENSA) cigar factory, discussed Lopez’s life in 1940s and 50s Cuba. During their talk he recalled his grandfather using Yagua leaf to bundle and age his cigars into original shapes.

Yaguas

“At our family farm, my grandfather would take fresh tobacco leaves from the curing barns and roll cigars without any molds or presses,” said Lopez in a press release. “He would tie a handful of them together using pieces of the Cuban royal palm tree, known as the Yagua. When he was ready to enjoy his personal cigars, he untied the bundle.”

Now, you can untie your own bundle. The company will be shipping 1,000 boxes of 20 Yaguas to brick-and-mortar stores around the country by the end of the month. Sold for $7.50 each, the cigar comes in a 6 inch by 54 ring gauge toro, though its exact shape will vary with each stick. Inside each box is a bundle of cigars tightly wrapped with the royal Yagua palm leaf.

Yaguas

In order to replicate the farm-fresh taste Lazaro remembers, J.C. Newman pulled the Connecticut broadleaf wrappers out of pilónes a couple of months early to add a bit of “punch” to the Nicaraguan binder and filler. Although they use molds to keep the bunches together, the rest of the process is unorthodox.

“The big difference is that we band the cigars immediately after rolling them and then wrap them tightly together so that they would form their unique shape while they are wet with humidity,” clarifies Newman.

The new cigars from the J.C. Newman Cigar Co. will be rolled at the PENSA factory in Nicaragua.

Nicaragua J.C. Newman Cigar Co.

More in Cigars

See all
E.P. Carrillo TAA Exclusive Toro Now In Shops

E.P. Carrillo TAA Exclusive Toro Now In Shops

The limited-edition cigar will only be available to retail members of the Tobacconists’ Association …

Aug 4, 2021
The Return of Alec Bradley Trilogy

The Return of Alec Bradley Trilogy

One of the cigar world’s more intriguing shapes is coming back.

Jul 29, 2021
Punch Brand Celebrates 180 Years With Anniversary Cigar

Punch Brand Celebrates 180 Years With Anniversary Cigar

Punch is celebrating this milestone with a large cigar called Punch Aniversario.

Jul 28, 2021
Rare Cuban Cigar Sells For $1,500

Rare Cuban Cigar Sells For $1,500

The gavel went down July 26 on lot No. 292.

Jul 28, 2021
Macanudo Vintage 2010 Showcases Banner Crop

Macanudo Vintage 2010 Showcases Banner Crop

The year 2010 was apparently an exceptional one for growing wrapper in Connecticut.

Jul 27, 2021
Jars of Aged Ramon Allones Made Just For Spain

Jars of Aged Ramon Allones Made Just For Spain

The sixth edition of Spain’s Sevilla Series.

Jul 26, 2021