El Septimo has begun shipping The Emperor Collection, a series of 10 cigars that both pays tribute to some of history’s greatest emperors and marks the first time that the company has used a Connecticut seed wrapper on any of its cigars.

  • Alexandre III Connecticut (6 x 54) — $15 (Box of 20, $300)
  • Augustus Connecticut (5 x 52) — $10 (Box of 20, $200)
  • Napoleon Connecticut (9 x 55 Salomon) — $32 (Box of 20, $640)
  • Napoleon Maduro (9 x 55 Salomon) — $32 (Box of 20, $640)
  • Yao Connecticut (6 1/2 x 60 Torpedo) — $25 (Box of 20, $500)
  • Yao Maduro (6 1/2 x 60 Torpedo) — $25 (Box of 20, $500)

The company is not disclosing specific details about the blends in the line, other than the cigar that use the Connecticut seed wrapper, while the other four cigars use a maduro wrapper of undisclosed origin. A representative of the company did tell halfwheel that the blends feature tobaccos from four different regions of the world, but declined to go into further detail. All six of the above cigars are regular production offerings.

While the blends of the four King Sargon cigars are not being disclosed, the company described them as a limited edition crossover between the company’s The Gilgamesh Collection and this new The Emperor Collection.

  • King Sargon Connecticut Toro (7 1/4 x 50) — $17
  • King Sargon Maduro Toro (7 1/4 x 50) — $17
  • King Sargon Connecticut Robusto (4 1/4 x 54) — $10
  • King Sargon Maduro Robusto (4 1/4 x 54) — $10

The King Sargon line is only available as part of a Gilgamesh Collection humidor that is offered in five sizes, as well as through two limited edition humidors that comes with all four cigars and a bottle of El Septimo Cognac. A larger version with 200 cigars and the cognac is priced at $5,000, while a smaller humidor the comes with 150 cigars and the cognac is priced at $3,500. Production of both versions is limited to 100 units each, while total production of the King Sargon line is undisclosed.

The company previewed The Emperor Collection at the 2022 PCA Convention & Trade Show, which was held in July.

Update (March 31, 2023) — El Septimo informed halfwheel that it has changed the name of the Augustus Cesar, dropping the name Cesar and now referring to it as the Augustus Connecticut.

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