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BCP News Brief: Topper Returns to Handmade Roots

Topper’s New Look

Topper has been one of America’s most well-known cigar brands since 1896, and have been machine-made for over 50 years-until now.

L: The new Topper box, R: Original Topper box circa 1950

This year marks Topper’s return to being a handmade cigar, now being rolled by hand in Santiago, Dominican Republic by Durfort Holdings S.A. Owner and 4th generation cigar maker Chris Topper recently stopped by our office to explain the change and show off the new look and packaging of Topper Cigars, which harkens back to that of the original Cuban long-filler Topper cigar of the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

The weathered, “vintage-style” wooden boxes being used as the new packaging are a tribute to the company’s nearly 120-year history of producing all-tobacco cigars, originating in McSherrytown, PA in the late 1800’s. In addition to the updated look, the box count will now be 30 instead of the 50 cigars used in the old cardboard boxes of the machine-made version.

While the Connecticut Broadleaf-heavy recipe of the cigars will remain the same, the switch to handmade will allow for larger pieces of tobacco leaf to be used in the blend. “The machines previously used to make the cigars required smaller pieces of tobacco in order to avoid clogging the machine”, Topper explained. “They’ll now be using a lot of longer pieces that were too short for long-filler cigars.”

Topper cigars were originally handmade with Connecticut Broadleaf wrappers and Cuban filler tobaccos. Due to soaring labor rates in the U.S., the company switched to machine-made along with many other manufacturers in the 1960’s.

Look for the all-new handmade Topper Cigars to arrive at BestCigarPrices within the next few weeks.