A trio of cigars from Alec Bradley are on their way to retailers, as today the company announced it has begun the widespread shipping of the new Prensado Lost Art and Black Market Estelí lines, as well as the second release of the Fine & Rare BR12-13.

The Prensado Lost Art uses Honduran tobacco for the wrapper, one of the binders, and part of the filler, as it joins a Nicaraguan tobacco in the latter two locations. It is offered in five sizes:

  • Prensado Lost Art Churchill (7 x 50) – $12.50 (Boxes of 20, $250)
  • Prensado Lost Art Double T (6 x 60) – $12.85 (Boxes of 20, $257)
  • Prensado Lost Art Gran Toro (6 1/4 x 52) – $10.95 (Boxes of 20, $219)
  • Prensado Lost Art Robusto (5 x 52) – $9.90 (Boxes of 20, $198)
  • Prensado Lost Art Torpedo (6 1/2 x 52) – $12.50 (Boxes of 20, $250)

Production is being handled by the Raices Cubanas factory in Honduras.

The Black Market Estelí builds on one of the company’s more popular lines by way a new line that uses Nicaraguan tobacco for the wrapper, binder, and filler, with a good bit of that coming from the Estelí region of the country. A leaf of Honduran tobacco is used to create a double binder. This too comes in five sizes:

  • Black Market Estelí Churchill (7 x 50) – $8.75 (Boxes of 22, $192.50)
  • Black Market Estelí Gordo (6 x 60) – $9.20 (Boxes of 22, $202.40)
  • Black Market Estelí Robusto (5 x 52) – $7.55 (Boxes of 22, $166.10)
  • Black Market Estelí Toro (6 x 52) – $8.50 (Boxes of 22, $187)
  • Black Market Estelí Torpedo (6 1/2 x 52) – $8.75 (Boxes of 22, $192.50)

The cigars are made at Plasencia Cigars S.A., which is located in Estelí, Nicaragua.

For a company that has been no stranger to producing new lines in recent years, they are the first official new lines in two years, despite a significant number of phantom brands released ahead of the FDA’s deadline for cigars to be commercially available without needing the agency’s prior approval.

Joining the two new lines on the journey to retailers is a cigar getting its second edition, the Fine & Rare BR12-13, which was originally released in 2012. It uses Honduran tobacco for the wrapper and binder, with Honduran and Nicaraguan tobacco found in the filler, with a total of 10 different tobaccos used in the cigar. Additionally, only one pair of tabaqueros are entrusted to create the cigar, one bunching the tobacco and the other applying the wrapper.

It comes in a single 6 x 54 torpedo vitola, priced at $17.75 and packed in 10-count boxes, of which 2,000 were produced.

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 MLB.com, plus I'm a voice over artist. I previously covered the Phoenix and national cigar scene for Examiner.com, and was an editor for Cigar Snob magazine.