Espinosa Premium Cigars has launched a new collection of cigars called Rare Species, with the first cigar, Wendigo, debuting at

The cigar is a 6 x 52, unbanded toro that uses a Mexican San Andrés wrapper over a Nicaraguan binder and filler, with the cigars made at La Zona Cigar Factory in Estelí, Nicaragua. It is packed in 10-count bundles that come with an MSRP of $100, but are currently for sale at $69.99.

The initial production was limited to 250 bundles of 10 cigars, a total of 2,500 cigars, though it appears more could be released in the future.

It is the first of a series that will be launched at the retailer, who will have an exclusive on the cigar before they are considered for nationwide distribution, as they were the brainchild of Jeff Brown, merchandising and marketing director of

As for the name, it comes from Algonquian folklore and the name of a mythical, man-eating  creature of the northern forests of the Atlantic Coast and Great Lakes regions of the U.S. and Canada.

In a Facebook video about the launch, Espinosa said more releases were in the works, though declined to go into specifics, with Jason Harding of confirming that to halfwheel but saying no details have been released yet. An email to Espinosa Premium Cigars seeking additional information has not yet been returned.

Patrick Lagreid

I strive to capture the essence of a cigar and the people behind them in my work – every cigar you light up is the culmination of the work of countless people and often represents generations of struggle and stories. For me, it’s about so much more than the cigar – it’s about the story behind it, the experience of enjoying the work of artisans and the way that a good cigar can bring people together. In addition to my work with halfwheel, I’m the public address announcer for the Colorado Rockies and Arizona Diamondbacks during spring training, as well as for the Salt River Rafters of the Arizona Fall League, the WNBA's Phoenix Mercury and the Arizona Rattlers of the Indoor Football League. I also work in a number of roles for, plus I'm a voice over artist. I previously covered the Phoenix and national cigar scene for, and was an editor for Cigar Snob magazine.