The name of a new cigar from Don Doroteo translates to The Mayor from Spanish.

El Alcalde is a 6 1/4 x 52 belicoso made up of an Ecuadorian Sumatra wrapper and binder covering a filler blend of tobaccos grown in Brazil and the Cibao region of the Dominican Republic. According to the company, the El Alcaldes were rolled in 2008 at the La Aurora Cigar Factory in the Dominican Republic, meaning the cigars are more than 15-years-old.

The new cigar will have an MSRP of $29.75 eachor $148.75 for a five-count box. In an email, Lugo told halfwheel that there were only 3,000 cigars made, for a total of 600 five-count boxes.

The new limited edition was created to celebrate the life and accomplishments of Doroteo Fermin Delgado, grandfather of Juan Lugo, who is the founder of Don Doroteo Cigars. In a press release, Delgado is described as having “humble beginnings as a young tobacco farmer” before eventually becoming town mayor of El Caimito Afuera in La Vega, Dominican Republic.

“My grandfather and his example will always be a guiding light for me,” said Lugo in a press release. “Coming from poverty and with little education, he was able to become a respected tobacco grower, and a leader within his community. This cigar is in honor of his accomplishments. El Alcalde is a blend that has gone through extensive aging (15 years), and we are confident that it will be well received.”

According to Don Doroteo, El Alcalde will debut during the 2024 PCA Convention & Trade Show, which takes place next week in Las Vegas and boxes are schedlueld to begin shipping right after the show ends.

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halfwheel's coverage of the 2024 PCA Convention & Trade Show is sponsored by Drew Estate.
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I have been smoking cigars for over eight years. A documentary wedding photographer by trade, I spent seven years as a photojournalist for the Dallas Morning News and the Fort Worth Star Telegram. I started the cigar blog SmokingStogie in 2008 after realizing that there was a need for a cigar blog with better photographs and more in-depth information about each release. SmokingStogie quickly became one of the more influential cigar blogs on the internet, known for reviewing preproduction, prerelease, rare, extremely hard-to-find and expensive cigars. I am a co-founder of halfwheel and now serve as an editor for halfwheel.