Earlier this week, the Alfonso Añejos line began arriving at stores in the U.S.

The new line is notable because Selected Tobacco S.A. used both cedar and French oak to age the cigars for five years. The company says it typically ages its cigars in rooms lined with cedar for between two and five years. The humidity is intentionally raised and lowered during that period during the aging process. After being inspired by the use of French oak in winemaking, Nelson Alfonso—Selected Tobacco’s founder—wanted to use it for a cigar release.

“Cedar is to cigars as oak is to wine,” said Alfonso in a press release. “The years we take to age the cigars in this process have a purpose and we hope this is appreciated in the smoke.”

Blend-wise, the cigars use an Ecuadorian Connecticut wrapper and binder over Nicaraguan ligero and Peruvian fillers.

It’s offered in six sizes:

  • Alfonso Añejos No. 1 (4 x 50) — $29.99 (Box of 25, $749.75)
  • Alfonso Añejos No. 2 (5 x 52) — $34.99 (Box of 25, $874.75)
  • Alfonso Añejos No. 3 (6 x 54) — $39.99 (Box of 25, $999.75)
  • Alfonso Añejos No. 4 (6 3/4 x 56) — $44.99 (Box of 25, $1,124.75)
  • Alfonso Añejos No. 5 (7 1/2 x 58) — $49.99 (Box of 25, $1,249.75)
  • Alfonso Añejos No. 6 (9 x 50) — $49.99 (Box of 25, $1,249.75)

While it’s not a limited edition, there are just 200 boxes per size being released for 2022.

Selected Tobacco S.A. said that it used the same French oak process for the upcoming Byron 1850 line.

United Cigars distributes Selected Tobacco in the U.S.

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