After a bit of a delay, the limited edition Alec Bradley Black Market Estelí Diamond is on its way to stores.

It is notable for the box press that it receives; instead of a traditional box press that results in a rectangular shape, the cigar is given a diamond shape, with two obtuse angles and two acute angles.

The Alec Bradley Black Market Estelí Diamond measures 6 1/4 inches long with a 54 ring gauge, and uses the same basic blend as the other sizes in the line: a Nicaraguan wrapper, dual binders from Nicaragua and Honduras, and  fillers from Nicaragua. However, there is an extra leaf of ligero in the filler, giving the cigar a stronger and bolder profile than the core line, which debuted in 2017.

Only 1,500 boxes of 16 cigars are being made, a total of 24,000 cigars, with production handled by the Plasencia factory in Estelí, Nicaragua, Individual cigars are priced at $9.85 while boxes are $157.60, before taxes.

The Black Market Estelí Diamond joins the line’s five regular production sizes:

  • Alec Bradley Black Market Estelí Churchill (7 x 50) — $8.75 (Boxes of 22, $192.50)
  • Alec Bradley Black Market Estelí Gordo (6 x 60) — $9.20 (Boxes of 22, $202.40)
  • Alec Bradley Black Market Estelí Robusto (5 x 52) — $7.55 (Boxes of 22, $166.10)
  • Alec Bradley Black Market Estelí Toro (6 x 52) — $8.50 (Boxes of 22, $187)
  • Alec Bradley Black Market Estelí Torpedo (6 1/2 x 52) — $8.75 (Boxes of 22, $192.50)
  • Alec Bradley Black Market Estelí Diamond (6 1/4 x 54) — $9.85 (Box of 16, $157.60)

The cigar had been originally scheduled to ship in June, but the COVID-19 pandemic delayed the cigar’s release until now.

Alec Bradley has used the unique diamond press vitola before, first in 2014 with the Nica Puro Diamond Rough-Cut and bringing it back in several subsequent years as a limited edition release. That cigar is also made at the Plasencia factory and also measures 6 1/4 x 54.

Patrick Lagreid

I strive to capture the essence of a cigar and the people behind them in my work – every cigar you light up is the culmination of the work of countless people and often represents generations of struggle and stories. For me, it’s about so much more than the cigar – it’s about the story behind it, the experience of enjoying the work of artisans and the way that a good cigar can bring people together. In addition to my work with halfwheel, I’m the public address announcer for the Colorado Rockies and Arizona Diamondbacks during spring training, as well as for the Salt River Rafters of the Arizona Fall League, the WNBA's Phoenix Mercury and the Arizona Rattlers of the Indoor Football League. I also work in a number of roles for, plus I'm a voice over artist. I previously covered the Phoenix and national cigar scene for, and was an editor for Cigar Snob magazine.