A few weeks ago, there was word there’d be nothing new from FDG Cigars, the company who I—and I’m sure some other people—still think of as Flor de Gonzalez. At the time, Yadi Gonzalez-Vargas said she made the decision not to bring anything new out as a result of the lack of progress and results with FDA regulations.

But then, she changed her mind, and brought out a robusto version of the company’s 90 Miles R.A. Nicaragua line, which was best known for being available only as a lancero and which debuted in 2014.

Besides, that, the company is still keeping an eye on the future; they continue to produce and distribute a number of private labels and are working on revamping some pre-predicate date cigars that could see a release in the future. There aren’t plans to revamp packaging ahead of what had been the Aug. 8 deadline, as the company is opting simply to add the required stickers.

90 Miles R.A. Nicaragua Robusto

As is often the case, cigar makers will test their blends in a number of vitolas, some of which get marked as being a possible future release. However, the robusto version of the 90 Miles R.A. Nicaragua had largely sat untouched until being added to a sampler pack of other blends in the 90 Miles line, all in a robusto vitola. Gonzalez says she got a lot of requests for the blend in a larger ring gauge, and as such decided to set it free from the sampler and release it on its own.

The line was created in memory and honor of the company’s former director of sales and marketing, Roberto Alonso, who passed away in late 2013. Alonso was the creator of the name 90 Miles for Flor de Gonzalez, and Yadi Gonzalez Vargas said his death created “an irreplaceable loss to us; for he was my father’s best friend, my mentor and right-hand man.”

  • Wrapper: Nicaragua (Habano)
  • Binder: Nicaragua (Habano)
  • Filler: Nicaragua
  • 90 Miles R.A. Nicaragua Robusto (5 1/2 x 50) — $10 (Boxes of 10, $100)

Production: TBD

Launch Date: September 2018

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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 MLB.com, plus I'm a voice over artist. I previously covered the Phoenix and national cigar scene for Examiner.com, and was an editor for Cigar Snob magazine.