Lampert Cigars had, to a large extent, flown under the radar since its founding in 2016. That changed in 2021 when the company made its U.S debut with the release of the 1675 Edición Azul. In less than a year’s time, they’ve added Canada, Norway, Hungary, and the Netherlands to their distribution map. There have been two limited runs made public since we began publishing articles on June 1st of this year, not taking into account any of the retailer exclusives or other special projects that you may encounter out in the world.
What may be the most special project in Lampert’s catalog is his first research and development concept, called My Cigar Lab. At its inception, My Cigar Lab was intended to deal with personal blend customization. Conceived as a potential way for everyone to be able to find the most ideal profile, My Cigar Lab evolved into a line of three cigars that the brand’s materials state “guarantees a creamy, aromatic, and mild to medium-strong smoke.” The El Gringo is a 5 x 50 Robusto, the Gatsby format is a 6 x 52 Torpedo, and the Don Patron is a 6 x 52 Toro.
Produced by Tabacos de Costa Rica as a regular production offering, the Don Patron features an Ecuadorian Connecticut wrapper that has been allowed to age for 2 years. The binder is an Ecuadorian tobacco that has been aged for 3 years, and the filler is a combination of Dominican tobacco and a Peruvian Pelo d’Oro that has been aged 5 years. The blend will remain the same while the box and band have been updated. This is in slight contrast to the recently updated Ocean Breeze packaging – the box was the only piece to change there. The original Don Patron box, a simple 20 count made of plain cedar, is being replaced with a 10 count box that appears to have been painted. No confirmed images of the new bands yet, but we’ll update this entry when they become available.
Have you had a Lampert Cigar? Are you starting to notice Peruvian tobacco becoming more common in your new favorite blends? Let everyone know in the comments below!