This October, the second version of Oliva’s Advent Calendar will arrive at stores. This year’s version features completely new packaging compared to last year’s release and may or may not include different cigars. What is known is that there will be 25 cigars inside, representing the company’s Oliva Connecticut Reserve, Serie G, Serie O, Serie V, Serie V Melanio, Cain and NUb lines. In addition, there’s a bonus gift that is not a cigar. What exactly all those items are—the specific cigars and the bonus gift—is not being disclosed until the Oliva Advent Calendar 2022 is shown off at next month’s PCA Convention & Trade Show, which takes place July 9-12 in Las Vegas.
Oliva has said that there will be some limited edition cigars. For context, last year’s release included two cigars that the company does not regularly sell. The Oliva Advent Calendar 2022 will have an MSRP of $220 per sampler and will ship to stores this October.
The Espinosa Habano and Sensei’s Sensational Sarsaparilla, a collaboration between Espinosa Premium Cigars and Cigar Dojo, are both adding a 6 x 48 grand corona vitola called the Rabito, via a limited edition travel kit that is being released in celebration of both companies’ 10th anniversaries. Each of the bright orange travel kits contain five of each cigar, for a total of 10 cigars. Instead of a traditional hard plastic shell, the Cigar Dojo Travel Kit uses a lightweight, durable material that is secured with a rugged zipper. The lid offers a mesh liner for storage of accessories. Pricing is set at $109, with production limited to 1,000 kits. They will go on sale exclusively at Neptune Cigars on June 17 at 12 pm EDT.
“The Espinosa Habano has always been one of my favorite cigars, and the Sarsaparilla is a legendary Dojo blend,” said Eric Guttormson owner of Cigar Dojo, via a press release. “For our 10th year, we really wanted to highlight these two cigars with a very special 6 x 48 Rabito vitola.” The Espinosa Habano was one of the company’s first lines and the first to be made at the La Zona Cigar Factory in Estelí. It uses a Ecuadorian habano wrapper over a Nicaraguan binder and filler.
Sensei’s Sensational Sarsaparilla debuted in 2014 and uses a Mexican San Andrés wrapper, Nicaraguan binder, and fillers from Nicaragua’s Condega and Estelí regions, a combination that led to the cigar’s name, as it is said to offer a flavor reminiscent of sarsaparilla root beer. While originally a limited edition and single store exclusive, it became an ongoing, seasonal release in 2021 that is available to all Espinosa retailers. “We launched Espinosa Premium Cigars around the same time as Cigar Dojo in early 2012,” said Erik Espinosa, owner of Espinosa Premium Cigars, in a press release. “The Dojo awarded our Espinosa Habano their No. 1 spot that year, and our two companies have had a close relationship ever since. We wanted to give our loyal fanbases something special to mark our decade milestones, and the Cigar Dojo Travel Kit hits it out of the park.”
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