In the last few years, Jas Sum Kral released a Swedish exclusive Sota Kakor. The first edition was a Habano wrapped cigar, the second edition came with a Maduro wrapper. Jas Sum Kral owner Riste Ristevski and his Swedish distributor Karl Martin Brix Nelson from Kind Cigars had been working on the project since 2017. The name Söta Kakor is Swedish for sweet cookies. The name of the cigar isn’t the only reference to Sweden, as the ring contains traditional elements from the Dalarna region of Sweden.
“When it comes to detail, I am my worst enemy. Working on the band, I knew I wanted to incorporate the history of Sweden. Complete with traditional art, colors, and regal looks,” Ristevski said. “This was the last band Nuzli Hakiim designed for me before he went on to new things in life. Going back and forth with Martin picking his brain to get that authentic Swedish look and feel we finally agreed on prob the best band design I have seen in a long time.”
The original blend, a cigar with an Ecuadorian Habano wrapper around a Nicaraguan Criollo 98 binder and filler from Condega, Jalapa and Somoto is now making a comeback with only 200 boxes of 12 being released by Kind Cigars. Again it’s a 5½x48 sized cigar, just like the original. “The maduro will come back too, but I won’t reveal when,” says Riste Riatevski. “The response from the Swedish cigar aficionados is overwhelming so I have to release another batch soon.”