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Sons of Anarchy Gets Its Own Cigar Line

Sep 16, 2013 | By Gregory Mottola
<em>Sons of Anarchy</em> Gets Its Own Cigar Line

Through a licensing partnership between Twentieth Century Fox's Consumer Products division and Meier & Dutch cigar distributors, Sons of Anarchy now has its own line of cigars, humidors and accessories.

In case you're unfamiliar with the popular television program, Sons of Anarchy is a cable-TV drama about a gun-running motorcycle club operating out of California. Now entering its sixth season on the FX channel, the show stars veteran actor and real-life cigar enthusiast Ron Perlman, who portrays the club's brooding and ill-tempered former president, Clay Morrow. Since the show's start in 2008, Perlman is seen smoking a cigar in almost every episode.

"The production team at Fox was already purchasing cigars from us for the show anyway," said Stephen McDevitt, director of sales for Meier & Dutch. "So last year, 20th Century Fox actually contacted us to do a project like this. It was their idea."

Officially called Sons of Anarchy by Black Crown, the new cigars will be adorned with the club's ominous Grim Reaper symbol—a perfect replica of the biker's patch found on the back of every member's jacket in the show.

As for the blend, the Sons of Anarchy line is an extension of the Black Crown brand, a cigar line owned and distributed by Meier & Dutch. They're made in Honduras at the S.T. Danlí factory (formerly known as HATSA) and feature a sun-grown, Ecuadoran Sumatra wrapper, Nicaraguan Criollo '98 binder and hearty Nicaraguan filler. It comes in five sizes: Prospect, 4 1/2 inches by 60 ring gauge; Robusto, 5 by 54; Toro, 6 by 54; Gordo, 6 by 60; and Torpedo, 6 1/2 by 54. They'll retail from $5.50 to $6.50 and will come in boxes of 20.

For the die-hard fans, a line-up of branded accessories will also be available later this year. Two 75-count humidors—one in saddle-bag leather and one with metal corners—and a pewter ashtray look as though they've come straight out of the Sons of Anarchy clubhouse. They'll retail for $200, $175 and $50, respectively. If you want to show your devotion to the Sons in public, a three-finger cigar case ($50) also dons the club's Reaper symbol, as does the Xikar Xi4 cutter ($50).

The gear has yet to make an appearance on the show, and it still isn't clear whether or not it ever will. So far, this year's season of Sons is only one episode in.

"They should be in the clubhouse," said McDevitt. "I haven't spotted them yet, but I think one of the humidors will be placed behind the clubhouse bar. Either way, we're all big fans of the show here."

The cigars should hit stores in a few weeks, just in time for Sons of Anarchy enthusiasts to puff away while they tune in.

McDevitt said that he's even sent some boxes of the new cigars over to Fox, but hasn't received any feedback from the cast or crew. If the cigars did in fact, end up in Perlman's hands, it's likely that he's already smoked them.

"On a bad day, I'll smoke about four. On a good day, maybe two," Perlman said recently of his personal cigar-consumption in an interview with the StarTribune. "I smoke them the wrong way. I inhale."

"Spotted these in a Cigar distributors mag about a month or so ago. Okay, Okay, I love the show, I wanted to know what Clay was smoking in season 1..?? I kept forward and rewinding when the white supremacist set up shop in town.. Now we all remember the "Sopranos Collection" from CAO as well. From a marketing stand point I GET IT. From an honest cigar snob point of view??? No freaking way... I love both shows but gimme a break... Where do we draw the line??? Branding and labeling has the Cigar industry making money hand over fist. As is the purpose of business, or is it? Greed is ruining a once proud industry that provided quality products at reasonable prices. The first thing I do before I light up is remove the distinctive rings. If someone asks I tell them what I'm smoking. The saturated product market has only turned me off. Of course, not enough to quit smoking fine cigars but enough to spread the word to the new young men and woman smokers that if they ASK before trying they may save some of their hard earned cash. Do we really believe that a NEW cigar was made for "Sons of A"? Good ol AB at it again. I'll have to do some research but those guys seem to have a new product every day, AND it always seems to come with a 90 plus rating....??? Yeah, I liked the Black crown but that is the point. If you have one product that is good what is the point of saturation??????? GREED!!!! More later" —September 25, 2013 10:33 AM
"freedom fries for all.....USA USA USA" —September 23, 2013 18:54 PM
"Guy Buscema, Obviously you've never seen an episode of SOA, you're too busy shopping for berets and being a pansy. I agree with stantine972, keep your lame comments to yourself and remember who saved your hide. USA, USA, USA!" —September 20, 2013 02:20 AM
"Guy... Please stay in France Merci!" —September 19, 2013 22:10 PM
"Dear sirs, It's a sick thing indeed, when you make non-cubans already but when they make sick cigars after a sick series Is another,"SONS OF ANARCHY"iS today's version of "THE YOUNGS AND THE RESTLESS" or old pappys riding bikes. Amicalement, Guy, France." —September 18, 2013 17:56 PM
"they have them a cigarsinternational.com " —September 18, 2013 06:31 AM
"Hope you will have these available for Christmas purchases, will keep my eyes open for more news." —September 17, 2013 18:13 PM
"Where oh where can I purchase these?" —September 17, 2013 16:45 PM
"Where oh where can I purchase these?" —September 17, 2013 16:44 PM
"Really need to order some for Christmas presents....where to buy?" —September 17, 2013 16:28 PM
"Black Crown I know sells though cigar.com the PA cigar shop. I see now that they are showing the cigars available." —September 17, 2013 11:12 AM
"where can i get one of these!! i would love to order before christmas! " —September 17, 2013 10:28 AM
"When & where can they be purchased?" —September 17, 2013 10:27 AM
"Somebody was thinking. What a great idea. " —September 16, 2013 23:24 PM

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