At the 2022 PCA Convention & Trade Show, Apostate Cigars will be adding a fourth regular production brand to its lineup.

Feathered Serpent is a 6 1/2 x 46 corona extra made up of a Dominican corojo-seed candela wrapper covering a Mexican San Andrés binder and a filler blend containing all Dominican tobaccos. The new cigar is named after Quetzalcóatl, a 13th-century Mesoamerican god commonly depicted as a mix of bird and rattlesnake who was thought to have created both the world and the humans that inhabited it.

“The candela (wrapper) was chosen to play with the serpent theme,” said Brandon Oveson, founder and vp of Apostate Cigars, in an email to halfwheel. “This candela is creamy, sweet and more complex than it appears.”

As with all of the other cigars in Apostate’s portfolio, Feathered Serpent is being made at the Tabacalera Palma factory in Tamboril, Dominican Republic. Each cigar has an MSRP of $13 and will be sold in 12-count bundles wrapped in thick black butcher paper.

Feathered Serpent is scheduled to ship to retailers immediately following the 2022 PCA Convention & Trade Show, which takes place July 9-13 in Las Vegas.

Brooks Whittington

I have been smoking cigars for over eight years. A documentary wedding photographer by trade, I spent seven years as a photojournalist for the Dallas Morning News and the Fort Worth Star Telegram. I started the cigar blog SmokingStogie in 2008 after realizing that there was a need for a cigar blog with better photographs and more in-depth information about each release. SmokingStogie quickly became one of the more influential cigar blogs on the internet, known for reviewing preproduction, prerelease, rare, extremely hard-to-find and expensive cigars. I am a co-founder of halfwheel and now serve as an editor for halfwheel.