Casdagli Cigars, known for its Cypher 3311 cigar line, proudly announces the first donation of $8,000 to the Red Cross, courtesy of its commitment to donate a dollar from every cigar sold. Inspired by the clandestine warfare of WW2, the limited edition Cypher 3311 Line pays tribute to war heroes and the enigmatic world of secret codes. Marking its second year, the Cypher 3311 Line is set to introduce the ‘Boniface’ vitola, tying its release with Remembrance Day on November 11th.
Launched in July 2022, the unique naming conventions behind the cigars – Enigma, Colossus, Needle, Lorenz, and the newly introduced Boniface – all pay homage to covert operations during the second world war. The line’s title, Cypher 3311, was inspired by the POW number assigned to Jeremy Casdagli’s grandfather. The “Coat of Arms“ used as this line’s primary image replicates one of his Grandfather’s wartime embroideries.
The line’s emblematic “Coat of Arms” image echoes wartime embroidery crafted by Jeremy’s grandfather during his captivity. This personal connection has roots beyond just familial ties. Jeremy Casdagli recalls, “The Imperial War Museum affirmed in 2012 that my Grandfather not only protested against the Nazis with encrypted messages in his artworks but also was a part of MI9, tasked with POW escapes and secret communication to London.”
This success in sales of the Cypher 3311 led to the generous donation of $8,000 to the Red Cross in January 2023. Casdagli Cigars is infinitely grateful to everybody who has contributed to the cause. Reflecting on the overwhelming reception in 2023, Jeremy Casdagli expressed, “The response to our Cypher 3311 Line has been heartwarming. Sharing this project with global enthusiasts has evoked profound connections and tales.”
Liis Ehrminger, representing the Estonian Red Cross, appreciated the effort, noting, “The moving story which dates back many decades is still powerful today: it brings essential aid to the ones most in need.”
The Cypher 3311 Line, in its second year, is gearing up to launch a new vitola, the Boniface. The release is aligned with Remembrance Day to honor the armed forces members who have died in the line of duty since the First World War. It is a day of reflection and gratitude for the sacrifices made by soldiers.
The Boniface’s name hails from British Intelligence’s code-breaking initiative, Ultra, and a fictional spy network employed to protect the secrecy of their successes against the Germans. Boniface will be restricted to a maximum of 4,000 vitolas per year. Boniface will launch outside of the US in 2023, but will launch in the US at the PCA Tradeshow, held March 22-25, 2024 in Las Vegas.
Vitola: Robusto Gordo
Size: 54 x 5
Wrapper: Ecuador, Binder: Costa Rica, Filler: Peru, Dominican, 3rd leaf undisclosed
Pricing: $30 per cigar in the US
Manufacturing: IGM boutique factory in San Jose, Costa Rica