As the Gregorian calendar begins to come to the close of its year, so too does the lunar calendar, which means that the Lunar New Year isn’t far away and with it, new cigars.

One of the first to be announced comes from Maya Selva Cigars, which will be releasing the Año del Tigre 2022 in December. It is a 6 x 52 toro and a Honduran puro that uses a wrapper from the Jamastran region, a binder from the Azacualpa Valley, and what the company calls a selection of the best filler tobaccos from Honduras. It is described as a creamy, medium strength profile that is highlighted by earthy aromas with nutty and roasted coffee notes.

The packaging combines traditional Chinese patterns with Mayan hieroglyphics. “The fauna of the ancient Maya, similar to the Chinese, have proven to play a significant part of their spiritual beliefs, symbolism and iconography,” the company said in a press release. “The Mayas believe we are all born with a ‘NAHAUL’ or animal spirit that guides through life.”

The cigars are slated to ship in December to retailers around the world, with an MSRP in the U.S. of $235 for a box of 10 cigars. The cigars are being made at Tabacos de Oriente in Danlí, Honduras. Production numbers are not being disclosed.

Lunar New Year is Feb. 1, 2022, which will begin the Year of the Tiger.

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 the Arizona Rattlers of the Indoor Football League. I also work in a number of roles for MLB.com, plus I'm a voice over artist. I previously covered the Phoenix and national cigar scene for Examiner.com, and was an editor for Cigar Snob magazine.