Lou Rodriguez Cigars has announced a pair of new big ring gauge cigars that will be joining the company’s Lou Rod line, the 4 1/2 x 60 Snub Nose and the 6 x 60 Jawbreaker.

The Lou Rod Snub Nose uses an Ecuadorian sungrown wrapper with proprietary Nicaraguan tobacco used for the binder and filler. It will come in 50-count boxes with a single stick of MSRP of $4.95 and a box price of $247.50.

The Lou Rod Jawbreaker will be the third addition to the line and the biggest cigar that the company has made to date. The 6 x 64 vitola is made from a Nicaraguan maduro wrapper with the company’s proprietary Nicaraguan tobacco used for the binder and filler. It too will come in 50-count boxes but with a bit heftier price tag appropriate for its heftier size, $8 per cigar and $400 per box.

Both cigars are being made at the company’s G&G Cigars in Estelí, Nicaragua and are expected to begin shipping in the middle of August.

Additionally, the company announced the La Mano Negra, the limited edition that debuted at last year’s trade show, is being added to the company’s portfolio on a regular basis, but don’t expect to see it everywhere. It is only being made available to the company’s top 20 accounts and only for pre-order at the trade show. Like last year, this year’s version is a 6 x 52 torpedo that will come in 10-count boxes with a single-stick MSRP of $14 before taxes.

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.