General Cigar Co. Ships 2019 Edition of Cohiba Spectre

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The 2019 edition of the Cohiba Spectre is beginning to arrive at retailers, and like last year, it comes with a premium price tag.

General Cigar Co. began shipping the cigar to select accounts holding launch events last week, with the full shipment beginning this week. The 2019 version comes in a 6 x 49 vitola, with production limited to just 180 boxes of 10 cigars, a total run of 1,800 cigars, and each one of those cigars has an MSRP of $90

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As for the blend, the Cohiba Spectre uses a wrapper grown in Nicaragua’s Jalapa region, though during the curing process, a small percentage of upper-priming leaves were set aside for deeper aging. That led to an additional six months of fermentation, with the company saying it was able to fill just eight barrels after the selection and sorting process.

Under that wrapper is a Connecticut broadleaf binder and fillers from Brazil and the Estelí and Jalapa regions of Nicaragua, the latter two of which underwent a special finishing in Spanish Sherry barrels to elicit notes of wood and molasses.

Once those leaves were ready, they were assigned to a single pair of cigar makers. Mr. Ruben Dario Perez Peña handled the bunching of the fillers and application of the binder, while Ms. Xirolma Céspedes applied the wrapper, with production of the cigars occurring at General Cigar Dominicana. The pair have been producing cigars for nearly five decades, with General Cigar Company noting that both are renowned for their exceptional dexterity and meticulous attention to detail.

As with the debut release in 2018, the Cohiba Spectre comes in fairly elaborate packaging, with individual cigars packaged in a coffin before and then inserted into the humidor-style box, a more traditional presentation than the round boxes that won halfwheel’s 2018 Packaging Award of the Year.

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