The latest Caldwell collaboration is now in stores. Earlier this month, Caldwell Cigar Co. shipped out a cigar called The T.—a brand that’s the brainchild of three cigarmakers: Robert Caldwell of Caldwell Cigar Co., Matt Booth of Room101 Cigars and A.J. Fernandez of AJ Fernandez Cigar Co.
Announced earlier this year under a different name, the cigar once called The Truth has been renamed The T. and is now available in five sizes.
“I call it my trillaboration,” Booth told Cigar Aficionado. “Two stores in Texas had the first deliveries in the country to support events we held in-house.”
Caldwell, Booth and Fernandez originally planned for the cigar to be called The Truth, but after learning that Tatuaje Cigars owns the trademark for La Verite (French for The Truth), Caldwell and his fellow cigarmakers opted to change the name of their new project to The T.
“The T. is short for any word in the world beginning with “T” that is not now, nor ever will be trademarked by anyone in the tobacco class or otherwise,” Booth explained. “I simply became tired of having to focus on the name of a product, when the focus should be on the product itself. I am extremely proud to be working on this project with Robert and A.J.”
The T. is a Nicaraguan puro available in five sizes: Short Churchill, measuring 5 1/2 inches by 48 ring gauge; Toro Grande, 6 1/2 by 56; Robusto, 5 by 52; Lonsdale, 6 1/2 by 44; and Toro, 5 by 52. The cigars ship in 20-count boxes, except for the Short Churchill, which ships in a 10-count box.
The T. is the latest in a series of blending collaborations between Caldwell and other cigar industry luminaries. Earlier this year, Caldwell released a brand with Matt Booth called Hit & Run, which the duo created together at Tabacalera William Ventura in the Dominican Republic. Just beforehand, he was involved in two other high-profile blending projects: All Out Kings with Jonathan Drew and Willy Herrera of Drew Estate, and a cigar line with E.P. Carrillo called Anastasia.
The T. is on store shelves now. It’s made at Fernandez’s Tabacalera A.J. Fernandez Cigars de Nicaragua S.A. factory, in Estelí, Nicaragua, and distributed by Caldwell Cigar Co.
In conjunction with The T., Booth also released a branded spirit earlier this month called Room101 gin. He chose gin for its versatility in cocktails and intended the spirit to be paired with his cigars.
This article first appeared in the November 7, 2017 issue of Cigar Insider.