El Septimo has drawn on the classical arts and some of the greatest arts for its previous releases, now it is turning to the culinary arts for a new line that it will release at the 2024 Premium Cigar Association (PCA) Convention & Trade Show in late March. Specifically, the inspiration comes from celebrating pairing El Septimo cigars with the world’s best wines.

The blend features an Ecuadorian Connecticut wrapper, an Ecuadorian habano 2000 binder, and fillers from the Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Nicaragua and Brazil. The tobaccos used in the blend have been aged for a minimum of five years, with the blends described as being in the mild to medium range.

The line is produced at the company’s factory in Costa Rica and offered in four sizes:

  • El Septimo Culinary Art Collection Rioja (5 x 54) — $9 (Box of 20, $180)
  • El Septimo Culinary Art Collection Nigori (6 x 46) — $12 (Box of 20, $240)
  • El Septimo Culinary Art Collection Toscana (6 x 52) — $15 (Box of 20, $300)
  • El Septimo Culinary Art Collection Bordeaux (6 x 60) — $18 (Box of 20, $360)

In the case of the Rioja, this will be the first time the company has released a cigar with an MSRP of $9, while the line is one of the lowest-priced that the company has offered, which it said is being done to allow everyone to experience and enjoy El Septimo cigars.

Those familiar with wines will recognize the inspiration for the names of the four sizes. Rioja gets its name from a region of southern Spain, known for producing tempranillo, grenache and malvasia grapes, while Nigori is named for a sweet style of Japanese sake known for offering a fruity nose and mild flavor.

The Toscana is named for the Tuscany region of Italy, which is known for the sangiovese grape and the wines created with it. Bordeaux is named for the French region that could be the most well-known wine-growing region in the world. In particular, the company said that the Bordeaux’s profile was heavily influenced by the aroma of red fruits ad blackcurrants found in Châteaux Zaya’s Saint-Emilion Grand Cru 2019.

The El Septimo Culinary Art Collection will begin shipping during the trade show.

Images courtesy of El Septimo.

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halfwheel's coverage of the 2024 PCA Convention & Trade Show is sponsored by Drew Estate.
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