Add Forged Cigar Co. to the list of companies trying to capitalize on the trend of medio tiempo tobaccos.
The La Gloria Cubana Medio Tiempo is a new line coming from the Forged Cigar Co., a sister company to General Cigar Co. According to listings from retailers, it will use an Ecuadorian Sumatran wrapper over an American broadleaf binder and three fillers: Dominican piloto cubano, Honduran La Entra and Nicaraguan Estelí. The La Gloria Cubana Medio Tiempo will be produced at General Cigar Dominicana.
It’s unclear which leaf or leaves are the medio tiempo tobacco.
Medio tiempo is a priming of tobacco—the way a plant is divided into sections vertically—that is found above the ligero priming, typically the highest priming. It’s only found on certain plans and only some growers go through the effort of classifying it separately from ligero. Given its position on the plant, medio tiempo should be the strongest tobacco found on the plants where it grows. In recent years, a variety of manufacturers have marketed their cigars as explicitly containing medio tiempo tobacco. Previously, the tobacco was largely just classified as ligero.
A spokesperson for Forged Cigar Co. declined to disclose further specifics but confirmed that the release was upcoming.
There will be at least three sizes:
- La Gloria Cubana Medio Tiempo Robusto
- La Gloria Cubana Medio Tiempo Toro
- La Gloria Cubana Medio Tiempo Churchill
Renderings of boxes show a dark color scheme and natural wood boxes.
Forged Cigar Co.’s portfolio includes five brands: Bolivar Cofradia, Chillin’ Moose, Diesel, La Gloria Cubana and Partagas. It only sells cigars in the U.S.