Marrero Cigars has begun shipping its latest Artistico Series cigar, the Aquatico45.

The cigar gets its name from its two most distinct features: the 45 degree cut given to the foot of the cigar, as well as the marine-themed designs on the wrapper, which are created by using tobacco leaves of different shades and varietals. It’s a Dominican puro, with Dominican-grown habano rosado, Connecticut and candela used for the wrapper and design, according to Joel Vazquez-Marrero. Underneath that is an olor binder and a filler mix of habano 2020, criollo 98 and corojo. The cigar is available in a figurado that measures 6 inches long with a ring gauge that varies from 54 to 62, finished off by a head that is similar to the company’s Artistico Salomon, a series that also features intricate designs made out of tobacco. Marrero was quick to note that while the blends and designs are similar, the Aquatico45 is a completely different blend than the Salomon.

Marrero told halfwheel that there are approximately 20 different designs in the series, though each box of 10 cigars will contain 10 different designs. The cigar is priced at $16, with 250 10-count boxes being produced by the MCR Factory in Tamboril, Dominican Republic. That factory is co-owned by Marrero and Felix Gonzalez, who oversees the production and art design of the Artistico Series.

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