Kurt A. Kendall, founder of todayâ€™s 7-20-4 Cigars, has once again explored cigar history, reintroducing a second dusty brand … â€œHustlerâ€ … a trademark that hails back to the late Nineteenth Century.Â It follows the companyâ€™s introductions of the 7-20-4 and 1874 boutique lines.
Â Â In 2009, Kendall breathed new life into the venerable â€œ7-20-4″ brand name, acquiring the trademark for the original 7-20-4 line.Â It was named after the 1874-founded manufacturer in Manchester, New Hampshire.Â The company became the worldâ€™s largest cigar producer, until the 1962 Embargo killed its supply of Cuban tobacco.
â€œHustler has a misty history,â€ reports Kendall, â€œwhich Iâ€™m still researching.Â The brand dates back to a New York State birth in 1892.Â I selected its original box art, because it almost leaps off the shelf.Â It shows a dandy in full stride, toting a carpet bag and briefcase, with newspaperÂ and â€˜bumbershootâ€™ under each arm.Â The jaunty angle of the cigar in his grin says this guyâ€™s a hustler, in more ways than one.â€
The Spanish cedar box holds an unusual 27 cigars, divided into three compartments.Â Each holds nine cigars … all parejos … in 5-1/2″ x 52, 6″ x 54 (both at $9.00 MSRP), plus 6-3/8″ x 58 ($11.00 MSRP).
Hustler, entirely separate from Kendallâ€™s benchmark 7-20-4 line, is triple-capped for durability of their heads, and entubado-bunched, yielding a company-touted â€œvertical integrityâ€ that ensures smooth draws and uniform burns.Â They are made by Tabacos de Oriente in Danli, Honduras.Â The tobaccos carry five years of aging, with the cigars resting another six months.Â Kendall first released the line in November, and they are carried at retailers nationwide … see the â€œFind Our Cigarsâ€ page on the company site (www.7-20-4.com) for local 7-20-4 tobacconists.
The cigars themselves boast anÂ eye-catching twist … literally.Â They are spirally-wrapped in a two-tone, barber-pole wrapper, with a dark and brawny Brazilian Mata Fina leaf and a contrasting tawny, Ecuadorian-grown Connecticut Shade leaf.Â The heads are finished in a traditional Cuban-styleÂ pigtail.Â The Jamastran and Jalapa filler is held in a Costa Rican binder.Â Hustler contains no relatively flavorless ligero, relying instead on the other tobaccos in the blends to gain its power.Â Â Hustler is a medium-bodied smoke, with the spiral wrapper providing a visual emphasis to what Kendall calls itâ€™s â€œswirl of complex flavors and aroma.â€
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