This month, El Mago Cigars will be shipping a new release to retailers named Solstice.

The new limited edition is a 6 x 48 “thin toro” made with a Nicaraguan Sumatra-seed wrapper covering an Ecuadorian habano binder and a filler blend made entirely of Nicaraguan tobacco.

The MSRP is set at $12 per cigar and it will come packaged in individual round tubes with 14 cigars in each box. Nick Fusco, founder of El Mago Cigars, there will only be 1,000 boxes of Solstice released when the cigars ship to retailers this month.

Fusco launched El Mago in 2o22 to honor his grandparents, Maria and Gonzalo Torre, who died in the collapse of Champlain Towers South in Surfside, Fla. The company’s debut lines are inspired by Maria and Gonzalo. For example, Pepe was Gonzalo’s nickname and Místico, Spanish for mystical, references the magic between Gonzalo and Maria.

As is the case with all of El Mago’s cigars, the Solstice is made at Miguel Pinto’s MGE Cigars Factory in Estelí, Nicaragua.

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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.