General Cigar Co. is once again using tercios, a method of aging tobacco, as the inspiration for a limited edition release.
During the first week of April, the company will release the Macanudo Inspirado Tercio Aged, a two-size line centered around Dominican piloto fillers that were aged in tercios for six months.
The tercios can be seen on the left.
Tercios are a way of wrapping raw tobacco leaves inside of royal palm leaves as a method of aging the tobacco. The end result looks like a crudely wrapped present with the plan leaves tightly bound against the tobacco leaves. General Cigar Co. and E.P. Carrillo are the only two companies that consistently talk about using tercios, so it’s unclear how prevalent their usage is. Ernesto Perez-Carrillo Jr. worked for General for a decade before launching E.P. Carrillo.
In addition to the piloto cubano, the filler blend uses tobaccos from Colombia and the Dominican Republic. It’s wrapped in a Mexican San Andrés wrapper over an Indonesian binder. Like most Macanudos, it is made at General Cigar Dominicana.
- Macanudo Inspirado Tercio Aged Toro (6 x 54) — $10.49 (Box of 10, $104.90)
- Macanudo Inspirado Tercio Aged Churchill (7 x 49) — $10.99 (Box of 10, $109.90)
General Cigar Co. says this release is limited to 1,700 boxes of each vitola in the U.S.