The Pope of Greenwich Village, a 2015 release that was part of Smoke Inn’s Microblend Series, is coming back for a second release.

Today, Drew Estate announced that the 6 x 40 short lancero would be returning on May 27, launched as part of a virtual event co-hosted by Jonathan Drew and Abe Dababneh, the proprietor of Smoke Inn. Like the original, the 2021 version uses a Mexican San Andrés wrapper, a Connecticut stalk-cut habano binder, and a filler that includes Brazilian mata fina and Nicaraguan tobaccos.

“Working with Jonathan Drew and the folks at Drew Estate back in 2015 to create the Pope of Greenwich Village was a milestone in Smoke Inn’s history,” said Dababneh in a press release. “It has been a fan favorite. I am elated to see this Smoke Inn Micro Blend return for the public to enjoy!”

The cigar gets its name from a book and a 1984 film of the same name that was set in an Italian neighborhood in New York City. Drew said that like the movie, “Pope is a character study that’s bold and unusual, as the flavor characteristics are enhanced by the smaller ring gauge. The Pope of Greenwich Village is a concept cigar which reminds us that the cigar business is not just business, it’s also a lot of fun.”

The Pope of Greenwich Village is priced at $99.95 for a 10-count pack. Production numbers have not been disclosed, though a spokesperson for the company described it as a limited release. The original cigar was limited to 1,500 packs of 10 cigars.

Image courtesy of Drew Estate.

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