Hudson, NH – United Cigars was poised to unleash a fiery masterpiece, draped in red and gold, dubbed the Dragon Slayer this week until the legal hands of justice sheathed their sword. Resting at the factory of Artista Cigars, the Dragon Slayer was set to participate in the Year of the Dragon with a blend that Saint George himself, in the 11th century, would have celebrated with.
However, in a shocking turn of events, the Dragon Slayer’s journey took an unexpected twist as it faced the fiery breath of US trademarking laws, wielded by corporate behemoths. Despite its noble intentions, the Dragon Slayer found itself stripped not only of its majestic bands of red and gold, but also of its very identity. United Cigars once again took the righteous path to keep the cigar industry’s unwritten laws at peace.
The saga unfolded in Tamboril as the Dragon Slayer, once poised to conquer palates with its bold flavors and captivating allure, found itself stripped of its quest. The given name had been locked in a tower and rights were taken away minutes before the cigars took flight for freedom. Imprisoned in a cage of trademark laws, United Cigars was forced to rearm its 6” x 54 frame by going naked.
Nameless, adrift in a sea of uncertainty, United Cigars took on the painstaking task of removing the barcodes, cellophane, bands, and all other markings of Dragon Slayer. The echoes of its lost identity reverberate through the halls, leaving behind a trail of intrigue and speculation. Fully exposing its dark Mexican San Andres wrapper, the now nameless cigar had to find a new path for its full-bodied blend of Dominican Piloto and Nicaraguan fillers embraced by a Dominican binder.
The non-named cigar, once armored with an identity, takes a bittersweet turn as it prepares to make its debut sans moniker. Amidst the turmoil, whispers abound of a phoenix-like resurgence, the non-named cigar rises from the ashes, reclaiming its rightful place among the halls of legendary cigars. Maybe a twist of fate intervened as fifteen unbanded cigars will be packed in a complimentary Humidif Ashtray. United Cigars continues to keep cigar lovers in mind as the MSRP will be $180 in an enticing gift set. Look to your local brick and mortar for this non-named United release as they have already started shipping to United retailers.
Will it emerge victorious, casting aside the shackles of its past, or will it fade into obscurity, a forgotten relic of what could have been? Only time will tell as the once mighty Dragon Slayers’ journey now continues unnamed, shrouded in mystery and uncertainty, leaving behind a tale that is as captivating as it is tragic.
You can learn more about this project by watching this week’s episode of The Cigar Authority with special guest Oliver Nivaud of United Cigars.