There’s a new vitola in the San Lotano Oval Connecticut line and it’s exclusive to Elite Cigar Cafe in Addison, Texas.

The new size is a 4 1/2 x 54 Petit Robusto that will retail for $8 and will be sold in boxes of 20. It joins six other vitolas in the line: Robusto (5 1/2 x 54), Toro (6 1/2 x 54), Torpedo (6 1/2 x 54), Double Corona (7 1/2 x 54), Gordo (6 x 60) and Corona (5 x 44). While there was already a 4 1/2 x 54 Petit Robusto in the San Lotano Oval Habano line, that cigar has been discontinued, and the San Lotano Oval Maduro line does not include the size as of yet.

San Lotano Oval Connecticut Petit Robusto box

“We wanted to do an exclusive cigar with A.J. Fernandez, available to our customers,” said Kent Pennington, owner of Elite Cigar Cafe. “This is the first in a series of exclusives that we are doing with the company.”

The San Lotano Oval Connecticut blend is composed of an Ecuadorian Connecticut shade wrapper covering a binder from Nicaragua as well as filler tobaccos from Honduras, Nicaragua and “AJ’s Secret Filler.”

The initial shipment was for just 400 cigars and arrived in late February. Todd Vance, national director of sales for A.J. Fernandez Cigars, told halfwheel that Elite Cigar Cafe had the option for more cigars in the future.

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Brooks Whittington

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.