The latest release in General Cigar Co.’s summer program of new cigars is the Macanudo Vintage 2010.
General says this cigar is special because of the 2010 crop in Connecticut, which had high humidity and, according to the company, “optimal rainfall.” That leads to the cigar’s gold wrapper, which has been aging for the last decade.
Underneath that is a Honduran binder and fillers from three different countries: the Dominican Republic, Honduras and Nicaragua. That Dominican leaf is notable as it is piloto cubano 94, which General says is a proprietary tobacco varietal for the company, one that it spent a decade trying to bring back. The fillers are aged between three to five years.
The Macanudo Vintage 2010 will be offered in three sizes when it ships to stores on Aug. 17:
- Macanudo Vintage 2010 Toro Grande (6 5/8 x 54) — $11.99 (Box of 20, $239.80)
- Macanudo Vintage 2010 Torpedo (6 1/4 x 52) — $11.99 (Box of 20, $239.80)
- Macanudo Vintage 2010 Churchill (7 1/4 x 48) — $12.29 (Box of 20, $245.80)
“We could not have asked for a better growing season than we had in 2010,” said Ernest Gocaj, director of tobacco procurement for General Cigar Co., in a press release. “Yet this is only part of the story. After such a beautiful crop is harvested, the hard work begins again because the most critical process for growing tobacco is curing. Given how unique and special this crop was, we were obsessive in monitoring the tobacco throughout the eight-week curing process, and ultimately brought its very best attributes to life.”