While Valentine’s Day is most commonly associated with the color red, Cavalier Genève will be releasing a cigar that will have you thinking black.

The brand’s U.S. distributor, Dallas-based Cigar Art, will begin shipping the Cavalier Genève Black Series on Feb. 14, a cigar that will be an exclusive to the U.S. market. Previously, the cigar had only been available in limited quantities at events.

This cigar uses a Mexican San Andrés maduro wrapper, Brazilian Arapiraca binder, and fillers from Nicaragua and Honduras. Like the White Series, the Black Series features a piece of 24k gold foil cut into a diamond shape that is added to the wrapper right under the band.


“We blended the White Series with Geneva in mind, making a medium body cigar focused on subtleties in the flavor profile and low nicotine content,” said Sebastien Decoppet, owner of Cavalier of Geneva, via a press release. “The Black Series was blended for the United States. We sought to capture bold flavors…wearth, spice and wood, and medium-full in both flavor and strength, and we are excited to share this blend.”

The new line is being released in three sizes, Robusto (5 x 50, $10), Toro (6 x 54, $10.50) and Double Corona (7 1/2 x 52, $11), all in 20-count dress boxes. The cigars were produced by the San Judas Tadeo factory in Danlí, Honduras and blended by Decoppet and Adin Perez.

Cavalier Genève announced that it would be entering in the U.S. market in May 2016 and made its IPCPR Convention & Trade Show debut last summer, releasing its White Series and providing a first look at the Black Series, though the cigar would only be available through events at the time.

The company’s White Series uses a habano wrapper of undisclosed origin, Honduran Connecticut binder and filler tobaccos from the Dominican Republic, Nicaragua and Paraguay. It is available in three sizes: Diplomate (5 1/2 x 56, $9.75), Elegantes (4 1/2 x 52, $9.50) and Medio (3 1/2 x 58, $8.75).

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