The 2012 edition of the cigar has been announced: a 7 x 38 Lancero made by Drew Estate and sold exclusively through, the online shop owned by Tim Podwika.

The release will be limited to 200 boxes of 15 cigars, with a single stick retail price of $12.95. Podwika said he will also be offering the cigars in a five-pack for those not wanting to commit to a full box purchase. The boxes were designed by Joey Drew and Jonathan Drew of Drew Estate.

In the announcement post on the message boards, Podwika had this to say:

Now a little bit about the cigar. Many members here are big fans of smaller ring cigars as I am. Until recently DE hadn’t done much with smaller sizes. JD and Nicholas worked with me over at DE to make sure the blend worked. We also sent some over to Eric to make sure everything was satisfactory with him since he is the driving force behind all things BOTL. The cigars have now been sitting aging for about 8 months. The brothers on the BOTL Cigar Safari had a chance to sample them when they were in Nicaragua but weren’t told what it was when they smoked them. Also, I’ve shared samples here and there with guys over the course of time and Eric also had some to distribute. The cigar is medium-full to full with the filler being all Nicaraguan. The binder is Ecuadorian Connecticut shade and the wrapper is Connecticut Broadleaf. The wrapper is the same one used on the Feral Flying Pig. I hope everyone will enjoy it as I have and there are a few photos of packaging below.

Podwika says he was given a tentative date of June 7th for the cigars to arrive in Miami, where is located.

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