It's the summer of social distancing! Although some states may be opening up a bit - it's a pretty safe assumption to say not many of us are taking that annual summer vacation this year. Deals may be the lowest in years, but most of the general public isn't quite comfortable yet to venture out.
Production is still at a low in the Dominican Republic of major cigar brands, leaving a lot of people scrambling to find their favorites on store shelves. Cigar manufacturers are doing the best they can to fill chain retail stores and wholesalers with popular sellers where they can, but if it's not being produced - there's only so much on the market available. We're starting to see some manufacturers pushing to get product out - but delivery schedules are still far and few between compared to a year ago.
So - if you're still finding it hard to find your favorite cigars, this week we've decided to bring you some of the most popular cigar flavors of the summer! Whether you're in the backyard firing up the grill, lounging by the pool, or maybe at the lake or the beach with some friends - stock the cooler and bring the vacation to you along with some of these summertime cigars to celebrate the summer that you can find at your local c-store or online!
Swedish Match's lineup of summer flavors is usually pretty extensive but, due to the lack in production, we're covering only some of the flavors that are still fairly accessible on the market currently. White Owl brings a couple new flavors with Berries & Cream and Blackberry Mojito to the mix - both great tasting cigars for the summer. Their 4th of July limited-edition, Firework, brought three additional summer flavors with Cherry Blast, Sparkling Wine and Rocket Raspberry. All these added to their existing flavors of Blue Raspberry and Tropical Twist, you're sure to find one to take you to an island getaway!
Swedish's Jackpot has a couple great flavors available such as Watermelon and Tropical Blast that will also give you some summer vibes wherever you are.
Dutch may not be know for "summer flavors", but there's no question that their Honey Fusion cigarillo's are hands-down one of the best honey cigars you'll find anywhere.
Swisher has always had a long line of great flavors year round. But due to COVID restrictions, production schedules have somewhat changed - primarily producing their most popular sellers (Sweet and Diamond) in addition to some of the better selling flavors on their roster. Even some of the following are running out in stores - so better grab some while you can!
Six Swisher flavors you should likely still find on shelves to celebrate the summer are Peach (one of the best peach cigars on the market, by far), Tropical Fusion, Mango, Strawberry, Island Bash and their new addition, banana-and-rum-flavored Banana Daquiri.
Of course, if you favor their smooth black-tipped BLK line, you'll find that Cherry and Berry will both do the trick.
Optimo's Mango has seen a resurgence lately - in addition to Pom Pom's Islander, which is infused with the taste of tropical punch.
If a country getaway is more your speed, Backwoods is a perfect choice. Frayed ends and a rustic look, Backwoods is known here in the US. for flavors like Honey, Honey Berry, and Honey Bourbon.
One of the newcomers to the market, Good Times, USA brings a huge line of flavors to the market with a little something for everyone. With their 3 and 4 for $1.00 choices, you'll find Good Times are one of the more economical choices on the market. Most of their products are on backorder - but if you look hard enough, you're likely to find some of the following still available in your local stores or online.
And Good Times' Watermelon and Pineapple are long-time favorites during the summer months, as well.
And last but not least - Show cigars - while not available in every store - brings one of the largest flavor lines to the market with their 5 for $1.00 pouches. Flavors like Wet and Fruity, Mota Island, Kiwi Strawberry, Peach Mango, Bee Berry, Poco Loco, Tropical Twista and Pineapple Buzz give you plenty of summer choices to choose from. If you can't find them in your corner store, you can find them online here.
Don't let the pandemic ruin your summer! Despite the restrictions, there are still plenty of things to do to make the most of this summer season! Whatever you do - be safe - and enjoy it! And as always, please smoke responsibly.
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