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At next month’s PCA Convention & Trade Show, Espinosa Premium Cigars will release the Las 6 Provincias LV, the third installment in its Las 6 Provincias line and one that honors the Cuban province of Las Villas.

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The cigar is a Nicaraguan puro that is offered in a 5 1/2 x 54 box pressed robusto vitola, and is produced at A.J. Fernandez’s San Lotano Factory in Ocatal, Nicaragua, though the company has so far not disclosed the blend. Each cigar comes in its own coffin and has an MSRP of $22, while 10-count curios are priced at $220. Only 1,000 curios of 10 cigars are being made, and are expected to begin shipping in late August.

Each curio, which measures approximately 16 inches tall and 7 1/2 inches wide, features designs from Eden Gutierrez, a Cuban artist based in south Florida, that depict scenes from Las Villas before the revolution. Gutierrez also did the artwork for the previous to Las 6 Provincias releases, which pays tribute to the original six provinces of Cuba. With Las Villas announced as the latest in the series, that leaves three more releases on the horizon to honor Pinar del Río, Camagüey and Oriente.

The line debuted in 2018 with LHB, which celebrated La Habana, and followed up by MTZ, which honored Matanzas and was released in 2019. This latest version is being referred to as the Espinosa Las 6 Provincias LV in keeping with that naming convention.

According to a press release from the company, the province was center of the Cuban cattle industry between the 18th and 19th centuries before shifting to sugar production in the 20th century. The original province of Las Villas was nestled between Matanzas to the East, Camaguey to the West, and the Atlantic Ocean to the North. In 1976, the province was divided, with Cienfuegos, Sancti Spíritus, and Villa Clara each becoming their own province.

“We are incredibly happy to continue this homage to our company’s Cuban roots and the Cuba of our forefathers, before Castro took power,” said Erik Espinosa in a press release.

Images courtesy of Espinosa Premium Cigars.

NullDrew Estate is the official sponsor of halfwheel's coverage of the 2021 PCA Convention & Trade Show.

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