Steve Ysidron, formerly of Savenelli, is preparing his two new lines, Armando Gutierrez and Gonzo, in March of 2012. The pair will be the first two releases of Ysidron’s Epicurean Cigars, which was formally known as Del Fuego S.A. Both cigars will be made in Estelí, Nicaragua at Plasencia Cigars S.A.

Armando Gutierrez

The first of the two lines is Armando Gutierrez, named after Ysidron’s great grandfather, who was a roller himself. Armando Gutierrez features a Jalapa-grown Habano Colorado wrapper over a Honduran and Jalapa dual binder and Nicaraguan fillers. Ysidron described this as a different fermentation than the Plasencias have done in the past. The line will be packaged in boxes of 20, each cigar wrapped in a cedar sleeve.


Ysidron’s other new line is Gonzo. The limited edition line will be limited to 500 boxes of 20 for each of the five sizes. It again uses a double binder, this time San Andrés (Mexico) and Jalapa with a four year-old Connecticut Broadleaf wrapper on top.

Both lines will come in the same five sizes, however Gonzo will be box-pressed:

  • Lancero (6 1/2 x 38)
  • Petit Corona (5 1/2 x 48)
  • Pyramid
  • Toro (6 x 52)
  • Trabajador (5 x 56)

Ysidron said pricing should be between $8.00 and $9.75, with the Gonzo sizes being about $.20 more due to the difference in tobacco. Both lines are expected to launch in early March.

In addition, Ysidron said that he is working on projects with other projects which should come to light in the next month or so.

Charlie Minato

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