7-20-4 has announced plans for a new cigar called Factory 57 that is slated to hit retail humidors this October. The cigar features tobacco from five countries, with a high-primed and triple-fermented Nicaraguan Jalapa Habano wrapper leaf, Costa Rican binder leaf from Nestor Plasencia, and a filler blend with Honduran, Nicaraguan, Mexican San Andréas and Colombian tobacco. The tobacco has been aged for three years, with the cigars receiving an additional six months of rest prior to release.

7-20-4 Factory 57 cigars

Kurt A. Kendall reached into the history of 7-20-4 Cigars for the name of this project: the name refers to the U.S. government’s official designation of 7-20-4 as a licensed and taxed manufacturer of premium cigars. The tax amounted to 20 cents per box of 20 premium cigars. The original 7-20-4 Cigars opened in 1874 and grew to become the world’s largest supplier of premium cigars, until the Cuban Embargo cut off its supply of Havana leaf, leading to the discontinuation of the mark in 1964. The original factory was located in Manchester, New Hampshire, near Kendall’s present headquarters.

Factory 57 is billed as a medium-to-full-bodied cigar, with Kendall describing the flavor profile as “bold, full, yet very smooth, with distinct creaminess.”

There will be four sizes released at the new line’s debut: a 6 x 46 Corona with an MSRP of $6.75; 5 x 50 Robusto, $7.25; 7 x 50 Churchill, $8.25; and 6 x 60 Gordo, $9.00. All are packed in 20-count, Spanish cedar boxes, with the cigars bunched in the entubado style with a double cap on the head.

Kendall added that the cigar is a small-batch, limited release–for now. “If Factory 57 goes the way its predecessors have, it’ll find its way into our regular catalog of boutique cigars,” he said via a press release.

7-20-4 Factory 57 Box

The cigars are being made at Nestor Plasencia’s Tabacos de Oriente S.A. in Honduras.

Patrick Lagreid

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