A new limited edition release from the Diesel brand has begun arriving on store shelves, as Forged Cigar Co. began shipping the Diesel Sunday Gravy San Marzano last week.

The cigar is the first in a new series of limited edition, seasonally released cigars that will not only be affordable, but will feature blends focused on Nicaraguan tobacco that have been blended by Abdel “A.J.” Fernandez and Justin Andrews, senior brand manager of Diesel.

The series kicks off with San Marzano, a 6 x 54 toro that features three varieties of Cuban-seed tobacco. The wrapper is an Ecuadorian habano leaf, the binder is from Nicaragua’s Estelí region, while the filler is from Nicaragua’s Jalapa region. It has an MSRP of $4.99 per cigar and is available in 10-count boxes, with Fernandez producing the cigars at his factory in Estelí, Nicaragua.

“When I first started working with AJ Fernandez and even to this day, I’m impressed by his method of making cigars,” Andrews said in a press release when the line was announced. “He ferments and ages his tobacco meticulously to achieve the taste he wants. His process actually reminds me of my mom and how she cooked her Sunday sauce slowly over a low flame, knowing she had the luxury of being able to cook all day on a Sunday to get it just right.”

Andrews went on to say that the comparison is what inspired the project as well as how the cigar line got its name.

The second cigar in the Sunday Gravy series is slated for an October release.

Images courtesy of Forged Cigar Co.

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