Kurt Kendall’s 7-20-4 brand has shipped its latest creation to retailers, Factory 57.
For this blend, Kendall used tobacco from five countries, including 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 company says that the tobacco has been aged for three years, with the cigars receiving an additional six months of rest prior to release. It’s a medium-to-full bodied cigar, described by Kendall as being “bold, full, yet very smooth, with distinct creaminess.”
The line was announced in mid-June and was expected to be in stores by October, though unspecified delays pushed the release back several weeks.
There are four sizes being released: a 6 x 46 Corona with an MSRP of $7.75; 5 x 50 robusto, $7.75; 6 x 52 toro, $8.50; and 6 x 60 gordo, $9.50. All are packed in 20-count, Spanish cedar boxes, with the cigars bunched in the entubado style with a double cap on the head. The cigars are being made at Nestor Plasencia’s Tabacos de Oriente S.A. in Honduras.
When the cigar was first announced, Kendall said that it is a small-brach, limited release for the time being. “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.
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 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.
Brett Bowersox, an independent sales rep in the northeastern U.S., posted a picture of the box to his Twitter account on Monday afternoon:
— Brett Bowersox (@ManchesterTCo) December 1, 2014
(An earlier version of this story listed different prices for the cigars; since the press release was issued those prices have changed and are corrected above. Additionally, while the company previously announced there would a Churchill in the line, that size is now a 6 x 52 toro.)