Drew Estate’s coffee-infused Tabak Especial line of cigars will be getting a new size in early 2023, though the new vitola won’t be coming to the U.S. Rather, it will be exclusive to the company’s international distributors.
The Tabak Especial Toraja is a 5 x 54 robusto extra cigar that uses two different wrappers. Most of the cigar is covered in an Ecuadorian Connecticut shade wrapper, the same one used on the Tabak Especial Dulce, while the top part of the cigar has a Mexican maduro wrapper that is used on the Tabak Especial Negra. Underneath is a Sumatran binder and fillers from Nicaragua. The Tabak Especial lines are infused with coffee flavors.
Its name is a reference to Toraja, Indonesia, more specifically the coffee that comes from the area, which is located 1,500 meters above sea level. The company says a small amount of Toraja coffee is grown in Nicaragua and is used for special occasions.
“Coffee and cigars have long been enjoyed for both moments of celebration and quiet and reflective times,” says Jonathan Drew, co-founder and president of Drew Estate, in a press release. “Toraja coffee is an important ceremonial premium coffee that our adopted family in Nicaragua uses to celebrate the lives of their lost loved ones, and the practice touched my heart from the very first time I experienced it. Tabak Toraja cigars bring together deep moments of reflection and causes of celebration in a respectful and tasty tribute to our shared experience of living life.”
Drew Estate will show off the Toraja at this week’s InterTabac 2022 trade fair in Germany, a trade show targeted at non-U.S. customers. It says the cigars will ship to stores in early 2023. Pricing has not been announced, but it will come in boxes of 12 cigars.
This is not the first time that Drew Estate has offered a Tabak Especial with dual wrappers. The company sells the Tabak Especial Cafe con Leche, but that cigar uses Connecticut shade and Connecticut broadleaf wrappers.