Los Angeles, August 27, 2010 – There was no one more enthusiastic in introducing a new cigar at the recent IPCPR show in New Orleans than Walter Briggs. Maybe because you couldn't miss him.
With a huge smile, wide-brimmed hat and a ready handshake with enormous hands, Briggs looked every bit like a man who had played professional sports, and in fact, was a member of the New York Jets in 1987 and later played in Canada and for the Barcelona Dragons of the World League of American Football. Now he's selling his own line of cigars: WB Brand.
WB Brand – Maduro:
[Nicaragua: available in 4 sizes] Walter Briggs' WB Brand Cigars line debuted at the 2010 IPCPR show with a natural-wrapped line featuring an Ecuadorian-grown natural wrapper and a Brazilian-wrapped maduro range with an Ecuadorian-grown, Connecticut-seed binder and Dominican and Nicaraguan filler leaves. It offers a spicy aroma and a mild-to-medium body, with the expected light touch of sweetness from Brazilian Mata Fina tobacco. There's a nice balance of sweetness and a spicy finish and a considerable strength to the blend, considering its carefully-controlled presence in the mouth. Well made, it burns evenly and features more spice than sweetness in the second half, although the sweet note remains in play. Both elements continue through the end and the blend is without any harshness. All four sizes are being offered in boxes or bundles of 25 and are accessibly priced at retail at $7.00 each, plus local taxes. Overall grade: : Very Good.
The WB Brand Maduro a fine debut for "WB," whose goal is to bring high-quality cigars to market at reasonable prices. He's already thinking beyond his inaugural lines and plans to introduce a Nicaraguan puro called "RamonaLisa" later this year. ~ Rich Perelman