Alec Bradley has announced that its newest Fine & Rare release is scheduled to hit store shelves beginning in April, approximately six months after the company’s original target date of November. It’s a delay that the company has attributed to supply chain issues.
This version is called the BC-(13)4EV, keeping with the series’ pattern of using a code system for its releases. It will be a 7 x 50 Churchill with a blend that uses a Honduran criollo 98 from the country’s Trojes region, dual binders from Honduras and Nicaragua, and seven different fillers that hail from Nicaragua and Honduras. It is being made at the Raíces Cubanas factory in Honduras, which has produced all of the previous Fine & Rare releases.
It is being offered in 11-count, blue high gloss boxes priced at $260, though there will only be 10 of the BC-(13)4EV blend inside. The 11th cigar is being called the BC-(13)4EV-B and marks the 11th year of Fine & Rare being released, as the series debuted in 2011. Its blend and dimensions have not yet been disclosed, but it will come in its own coffin.
The company has indicated that it is “urging” tobacconists to sell the box as a single unit and not offer single cigars, which is why there is no single cigar MSRP being disclosed by the company.
Alec Bradley made the announcement of the cigar’s upcoming release via Cigar Aficionado. A person familiar with the release has confirmed the accuracy of the report, though declined to share official information and images about the cigar.
Update (Jan. 22, 2022) — Added images and details on how the cigars are intended to be sold.