A bit ago we mentioned that Berger & Argenti was announcing the Entubar V32 and now we have some of the details. When I spoke to Mike Argenti back at the IPCPR show in New Orleans he told me about a bunch of ideas that he had for the future of the Entubar line, and the V32 represents one of them. The Berger & Argenti Entubar V32 will be a limited 1,000 box release of a Maduro that uses 32 RG worth of Ligero in the center. Unlike the Entubar QUAD Maduro, these will be round and not box-pressed. Four vitolas will be offered,
presumably Double Corona, Robusto, Torpedo and perhaps the Gran Toro monstrosity. Still trying to get details on pricing, sizes, box count and blend.
Updated (June 27, 2011): this is an entirely different blend with filler from Estelí, Condega, Jalapa and Jinotega — all Nicaraguan. Boxes of twenty in four sizes:
- Khilla Korona (4 7/8″ x 50)
- Rogue Rothschild (5 5/8″ x 54)
- Tremendo Toro (6 1/4″ x 56)
- Bruto Belicoso (6 3/8″ x 60)
MSRP is $10.99 to $13.99 more details to follow.
Updated (July 5, 2011): Press release from Berger & Argenti, we told you so:
ENTUBAR™ V32 TO BE UNVEILED AT IPCPR 2011
MIAMI – Berger & Argenti Premium Cigars today announced ENTUBAR V32 will make its long awaited debut at the 79th Annual IPCPR Convention and Trade Show in Las Vegas, Nevada next month.
ENTUBAR V32 is a highly limited production run that prominently features a unique half-inch (32/64”) diameter channel of ligero positioned in the center of the cigar barrel extending 3/8” beyond the trimmed foot. Utilizing a bold new blend,ENTUBAR V32 is a Nicaragua ‘puro’ uniting deeply aged filler and binder tobaccos from the Esteli, Condega, Jalapa and Jinotega growing regions – and enveloped in a prime Jalapa Valley Cuban-seed Maduro wrapper. ENTUBAR V32 is exquisitely packaged in dark cedar boxes of 20 cigars and available in four (4) unique sizes: Khilla Korona (4 7/8” x 50); Rogue Rothschild (5 5/8” x 54);Tremendo Toro (6 1/4” x 56) and Bruto Belicoso (6 3/8” x 60).
“ENTUBAR V32 is the most difficult and explosive cigar I’ve ever produced, but I’ve done so without compromising the brand’s balance or complexity,” said Michael Argenti, president of Berger & Argenti. “I was only able to produce 80,000 cigars on a limited run, not only because it is very challenging to make, but also due to the scarcity of top quality materials we’ve used to produce this exceptional cigar.”
ENTUBAR V32 is the latest ENTUBAR brand extension to pay tribute to the time-honored Cuban cigar making technique known as ‘entubado’ while also establishing a revolutionary new process of manufacturing premium cigars. Each deeply aged Nicaraguan filler leaf that comprises all ENTUBAR cigars are carefully rolled creating delicate ‘scrolls’ of rich, flavorful tobacco. This age-old method ensures open chambers of air flow from the foot to the head of the cigar. The ligero tobacco, which lends the cigar its unique full body, are bunched independently and then placed into the center of the remaining ‘entubado’ rolled filler blend. This ‘channel’ of ligero tobacco ranges the full length of the cigar and extends 3/8” beyond the finished trimmed foot, creating a startlingly unique ‘fuse like’ appearance that assures a superior draw, flawless conical burn with a long white ash, and a myriad of complex flavors channeled directly onto the palate.
(Originally published March 8, 2011; updated July 5, 2011.)