Mombacho Cigars S.A. has announced a new series of small batch cigars that it will be releasing under the Factory Blend name, with the first release, Factory Blend C, shipping to stores in Canada ahead of a U.S. release in late October.

It’s a 5 1/2 x 50 robusto that uses an Ecuadorian Connecticut shade grown wrapper, a Nicaraguan binder from Jalapa, and Nicaraguan fillers. The series will be released by way of 6-count packages, with this release having an MSRP of $65.50 in both the U.S. and Canada, which works out to about $10.92 per cigar. It will also be extremely limited, as the production in the first batch of this release is just 600 cigars.

Jared Michaeli, director of global sales for Mombacho Cigars S.A., noted that it looks like future releases in the Factory Blend series will have no more than 250 packs released, meaning just 1,500 cigars. Because of the limited allotment, different blends will be offered to specific regions throughout the U.S. and Canada.

As for the origins of the cigars, Michaeli said they come from blends that are produced for a new vintage program as well as factory exclusives for Casa Favilli in Granada, Nicaragua, where the company produces its cigars. The factory is also a popular tourist destination, conducting an average of 430 group tours per year, and the company offers certain cigars just for visitors. “The blends are created in small batches as we explore tobaccos, if a blend works we have a little fun depending on the rolling and bunching pair and create just a small batch of cigars,” Michaeli said. He added that they have the potential of becoming full production in the future, but for now are being used for this project.

Images courtesy of Mombacho Cigars S.A.


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