For the third time in two weeks, General Cigar Co., and its affiliated companies, has announced a new cigar that features a binder that was aged in barrels that were previously used to make an alcoholic beverage.

While the other two cigars were made in collaboration with the Buffalo Trace Distillery, this time the barrels come from Flint Knoll, a small winery based in Napa Valley. The cigar is the Macanudo Estate Reserve Flint Knoll, a two-size line that features a Connecticut broadleaf binder that was aged in French oak barrels. On top of that binder is an Ecuadorian Connecticut shade wrapper, while inside is a filler mixture that includes Brazilian mata fina, Dominican piloto cubano, Dominican olor and Nicaraguan tobaccos from Jalapa.

It’s offered in two sizes, both of which will begin shipping to stores on Monday, Oct. 3:

  • Macanudo Estate Reserve Flint Knoll Toro (6 x 54) — $19.99 (Box of 10, $199.90)
  • Macanudo Estate Reserve Flint Knoll Churchill (7 x 52) — $21.99 (Box of 10, $219.90)

“As a seasoned cigar smoker, I admire Macanudo’s ability to remain consistent and true, decade after decade, because I’ve come to learn that this is as challenging for a cigarmaker as it is for a winemaker,” said Aaron Michaelis, founder of Flint Knoll, in a press release. “You can imagine that having the chance to contribute to the brand’s legacy in some small way has been nothing less than thrilling for me personally, as it has been for my team. Macanudo Estate Reserve Flint Knoll represents the desire of both brands to expand their horizons and I believe that together, we will bring increased excitement to the worlds of wine and cigars.”

Like most Macanudo cigars, it is made at General Cigar Dominicana in Santiago de los Caballeros, Dominican Republic.

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