The return of José Seijas to the premium cigar industry is taking a big step forward this week as the debut cigar from his Matilde Cigar Company, called Renacer, begins shipping to retailers this week.

The cigar arrived at the company’s Miami warehouse earlier this week, with an Instagram picture posted on Wednesday night by Guillermo Farre of retailer Cigar Country heralding the cigar’s arrival in the US. Enrique Seijas confirmed the post, saying that shipping starts this week.

News of Seijas’ return was announced in August, following 30 years with Altadis USA and a brief time with La Flor Dominicana. The cigars were originally planned to be at retail in November 2013, though unspecified delays pushed their arrival back. Several additional delays moved the shipping date from January to February, with the company beginning to take orders for the cigars on February 1.

The line will debut in four sizes, all coming in 20–count sliding lid boxes:

  • Matilde Renacer Corona (5 1/2 x 44) — February 2014 — $7.50 (Boxes of 20, $150.00)
  • Matilde Renacer Robusto (5 1/4 x 54) — February 2014 — $8.00 (Boxes of 20, $160.00)
  • Matilde Renacer Toro Bravo (6 1/2 x 54) — February 2014 — $8.50 (Boxes of 20, $170.00)
  • Matilde Renacer Grande (6 x 60) — February 2014 — $9.00 (Boxes of 20, $180.00)

The Matilde Renacer Corona was reviewed on halfwheel in February, earning a score of 90 points.


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