Casa Turrent is closing out 2017 with the release of 1880, a new line that pays tribute to the year the Turrent family entered the tobacco growing business.

As would be fitting for the release, it is made primarily with Mexican tobacco grown by the Turrents, with a San Andrés wrapper, criollo 98 binder, and fillers of a 2007 crop Negro San Andrés, along with Mexican criollo 98 and a bit of Nicaraguan criollo 98. “I believe this is our best blend ever,” Alejandro Turrent told halfwheel.

The 1880 is being released in a single, 6 1/2 x 54 toro vitola, which comes in 10-count boxes. The cigars are made at Nueva Matacapan de Tabacos S.A. de C.V., Casa Turrent’s factory, and retail for approximately $16.

The company has been shipping small amounts to retailers over the past few months, but will have a much more widespread release right before the end of the year. “We are running a bit late due to some customs issues, but some shops already have the product,” Turrent said.

While the line doesn’t use the Serie prefix, it builds on a trio of cigars that celebrate notable years in the Turrent family’s history. The Serie 1901 honors the birth year of company president Alejandro Turrent’s grandfather, Serie 1942 is named for the birth year of Turrent’s father, and Serie 1973 is named for Turrent’s birth year.

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