Drew Estate is expanding its value-priced Factory Smokes line with a new candela option that will be an exclusive to Thompson Cigar.

As the name implies, the cigar uses a candela wrapper of undisclosed origin, while the binder and filler are both from Indonesia, both of which are traits the Factory Smokes Candela shares with the other varietals in the line.

The Factory Smokes Candela will be available in four sizes:

  • Factory Smokes Candela Robusto (5 x 54) — $1.60 (Bundle of 25, $40)
  • Factory Smokes Candela Toro (6 x 52) — $1.70 (Bundle of 25, $42.50)
  • Factory Smokes Candela Churchill (7 x 50) — $1.80 (Bundle of 25, $45)
  • Factory Smokes Candela Gordo (6 x 60) — $1.70 (Bundle of 25, $42.50)

This becomes the fifth release in the Factory Smokes by Drew Estate line, which debuted in 2018. It joins the Factory Smokes Sweets, Factory Smokes Maduro, Factory Smokes Habano and Factory Smokes Shade.

The Factory Smokes Candela from Drew Estate is currently available for purchase via Thompson Cigar’s website.

Correction (July 9, 2020) — The original version of this story indicated that the Factory Smokes Candela was an exclusive to Cigars International, which was information provided to halfwheel by a spokesperson for Drew Estate. Additionally, while Thompson Cigar—which is owned by Scandinavian Tobacco Group (STG), the same parent company as Cigars International—had announced in its July catalog that the line would be available in August, it currently lists it as in stock and for sale on its website.

We regret the error and any confusion.

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