The American cigar industry is a strange entity. I am not talking about the cigar market mind you, but the actual manufacturing of premium cigars in the United States. I was once only rivaled by Cuba, with Florida producing hundreds of thousands of cigars a year. However with government intervention, limited area for growing and import taxes, it soon became easier to plant, cultivate and roll the cigars in their country of origin, like say Nicaragua. However, Florida is still steeped in the cigar culture, and companies like JC Newman are among their most legendary stars.

 The company began in 1895 with Hungarian immigrant Julius Caesar Newman rolling cigars in his families barn in Cleveland, Ohio. At the time, most of there cigars were rolled using Cuban tobacco, as were most cigars in the world. In the mid 1950s, the company was moved to its current location in Ybor City, Florida due to its closer proximity to Florida. Following the embargo, JC Newman found itself with its primary source of tobacco, and began looking for alternate ways to create there cigars. After purchasing the famed Cuesta-Rey brand, the company became one of the first importers of Cameroon tobacco in the United States.

 Innovative techniques such as this helped JC Newman remain afloat while many other cigar manufacturers in Florida began to fail. Later on, they began a long and storied partnership with Arturo Fuente. The Fuente family still rolls many of JC Newmans most famous brands such as the Diamond Crown series and JC Newman helps them with distribution.

 A few years ago, in order to facilitate the manufacturing of there own cigars, the company opened up a factory in Esteli, Nicaragua. However, they still haven’t forgotten where they came from. They are one of the biggest voices of the cigar industry in the country and have helped fight for our industry time and time again. They still have their factory in Ybor City and have no plans on closing it down anytime soon.

 Enjoy the full line of cigars from JC Newman right here at Serious Cigars.


POSTED ON Aug 29, 2018

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Cuesta Rey use to be carried by most cigar retailers. It seems JC Newman has killed or neglected the brand to it’s extinction as it has with Montissino. What a shame.

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@Marty Wynne

Cuesta Rey use to be carried by most cigar retailers. It seems JC Newman has killed or neglected the brand to it’s extinction as it has with Montissino. What a shame.

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