Forged Cigar Co. and Lost&Found have collaborated for a pair of new blends released under the Bolivar Cofradia brand.
Last year, Robert Caldwell of Lost&Found and Justin Andrews, new business development manager of STG North American Branded and Rest of World divisions, went to STG Danlí in Honduras to work on a new product together. While there, the two discovered bales of Connecticut broadleaf and Ecuadorian Sumatran tobaccos that were 5-8-years-old. Now, those bales are being released as part of two different collaboration blends.
The Bolivar Cofradia Lost & Found EMS uses an Ecuadorian Sumatran wrapper over a Connecticut broadleaf binder and fillers from the Dominican Republic, Honduras and Nicaragua. The Oscuro flips the wrapper and binders, using the Connecticut broadleaf tobacco for the wrapper over the Ecuadorian Sumatran tobacco as the binder. The filler remains a mixture of tobaccos from the Dominican Republic, Honduras and Nicaragua.
Each blend is offered in the same two sizes:
- Bolivar Cofradia Lost & Found EMS Robusto (5 x 54) — $6.99 (Pack of 5, $34.95)
- Bolivar Cofradia Lost & Found EMS Toro (6 x 54) — $7.49 (Pack of 5, $37.45)
- Bolivar Cofradia Lost & Found Oscuro Robusto (5 x 54) — $6.99 (Pack of 5, $34.95)
- Bolivar Cofradia Lost & Found Oscuro Toro (6 x 54) — $7.49 (Pack of 5, $37.45)
“Lost & Found started when a Central American factory gave me a rare blend to sell in the US, and today with the release of this capsule collection from Bolivar Cofradia, it feels like Lost & Found has come full circle,” said Caldwell in a press release. “I would have never imagined standing among a sea of bales at HATSA, knowing that any tobacco we wanted to blend with was available to Justin and me. This collection represents the power of a strong collaboration.”
The cigars are packaged in five-packs that look more akin to Lost&Found’s branding than Bolivar Cofrida. STG’s Forged Cigar Co., which sells Bolivar Cofrida, has already begun shipping the cigars to stores.
Lost&Found is a project started by Caldwell, Tony Bellatto and Jaclyn Sears. Historically, Caldwell goes into factories and purchases cigars that were previously rolled but not sold and still at a factory for a variety of reasons. Many of these cigars are small quantities of limited editions and other releases that have continued to age in factories. While many are difficult to pinpoint, some have been seemingly obvious like the Pepper Cream Chocolate Crush, which appeared to be the Camacho Liberty 2007. More recently, Lost&Found has been expanding the concept to include cigars produced just for Lost&Found.