On September 14th, 2016, Famous Smoke Shop announced the release of Seven Deadly Sins, a new, handmade premium cigar line blended and manufactured by Plasencia Cigars S.A. in Estelí, Nicaragua. We don’t generally note the release of new cigars but this new cigar really caught our eye. The brainchild of Famous Smoke Shop Vice President of Operations and Marketing, Michael Vandenstockt, and Nestor Plasencia, Seven Deadly Sins represents the online cigar retailer’s most ambitious premium cigar marketing project to-date. You’d think a cigar manufacturer would have come up with this idea already.
The cigars are offered in all seven sins — “Lust,” “Gluttony,” “Avarice,” “Sloth,” “Wrath,” “Envy,” and “Pride” — and each has its own unique blend. As a whole, the Sins comprise filler and binder leaves from Nicaragua, Honduras, Costa Rica, Brazil, Mexico, and Pennsylvania, while the wrappers, listed in more specific detail below, are from Nicaragua, Honduras, and Cameroon.
Seven Deadly Sins also comes with its own story. Presented on each cigar’s canister in graphic novel form, Seven Deadly Sins tells the story of Drake Scolari, “a good-natured, Midwestern farm boy” with a golden voice who arrives in Las Vegas seeking fame and fortune. His dream is soon realized as he goes from street corner crooner to the sin city’s most esteemed Elvis Presley impersonator. Empowered by his newfound fame, Drake’s success eventually takes a turn for the worse as he undergoes a gauntlet of trials and tribulations that lead to his tragic demise.
“Each Seven Deadly Sins cigar represents a piece of Drake’s rags-to-riches-to-rags story,” says Famous Smoke Shop’s senior marketing copywriter, Gary Korb, who co-wrote the narrative with fellow marketing copywriter, Jonathan Detore. “Though he shares some things in common with the real life Elvis, we took Drake’s story to a much darker and more sinister extreme.”
The cigars range from medium to medium-full in body, offering a rich-tasting, complex, and well-balanced smoke in a wide array of sizes. A seven cigar sampler was created to try one of each size available.
Additionally, each Sin is presented in refillable, vacuum-sealed humidor canisters of 10 to 20 cigars as follows:
- “Lust“ – 6½” x 46 / Cameroon
- “Gluttony“ – 7″ x 70 / Nicaraguan Jalapa Habano Rosado wrapper
- “Avarice“ – 7½”x 50 / Honduran Talanga Connecticut seed wrapper
- “Sloth“ – 4″ x 60 / Nicaraguan Jalapa Habano Rosado wrapper
- “Wrath“ – 6″ x 54 / Nicaraguan Jalapa Habano wrapper
- “Envy“– 5″ x 52 / Honduran Talanga Connecticut seed wrapper
- “Pride“ – 6″ x 52 / Nicaraguan Jalapa Habano wrapper
MSRP per jar ranges from $84.90 to $142.20 (U.S.).
We have not had a chance to smoke any of these cigars and since we are not a cigar review site, we likely wouldn’t comment either way. However, if Famous Smoke wants to send us a few samples, we’d gladly accept them! Is that envy or gluttony?
About Famous Smoke Shop
Famous Smoke Shop is a discount retailer of premium cigars online, offering one of the largest selections of handmade cigars, machine-made cigars, cigar humidors and accessories. Famous offers the web’s lowest prices on a wide selection of cigar brands including Acid, Davidoff, Macanudo, Romeo y Julieta, Ashton, Padron, Oliva and Perdomo cigars, and many more.