At the 2021 Tobacco Plus Expo in mid-May, Maya Selva will be unveiling the second vitola in its Cumpay Maduro line, a 4 3/4 x 50 robusto, to the U.S. market.

It will join the Volcán, a 5 x 60 gordo, and like its bigger sibling, features an all-Nicaraguan blend, with the wrapper coming from Jalapa, the binder from Estelí, and the filler from throughout the country, though the company does not disclose where, other than that Ometepe was also mentioned as a region from which the tobacco is sourced. The company says that the blend is on the medium to fuller-bodied end of the spectrum.

The Cumpay Maduro Robusto has already gone on sale in France, where it is priced at €10.40 per cigar. In the U.S., the cigar will have an MSRP of $9.90 before taxes, and is offered in 20-count boxes. It is scheduled to begin shipping to U.S. retailers immediately following the TPE trade show, which runs from May 12-14.

It will become a regular production part of the Cumpay portfolio.

According to the company, Cumpay is the Tawakha Indian name for a rolled tobacco leaf.

Image courtesy of Maya Selva.

Overall Score

Avatar photo

Patrick Lagreid

I strive to capture the essence of a cigar and the people behind them in my work – every cigar you light up is the culmination of the work of countless people and often represents generations of struggle and stories. For me, it’s about so much more than the cigar – it’s about the story behind it, the experience of enjoying the work of artisans and the way that a good cigar can bring people together. In addition to my work with halfwheel, I’m the public address announcer for the Colorado Rockies and Arizona Diamondbacks during spring training, as well as for the Salt River Rafters of the Arizona Fall League, the WNBA's Phoenix Mercury and previously the Arizona Rattlers of the Indoor Football League. I also work in a number of roles for Major League Baseball, plus I'm a voice over artist. Prior to joining halfwheel, I covered the Phoenix and national cigar scene for, and was an editor for Cigar Snob magazine.