General Cigar Company has informed retailers that their new tribute cigar to the recently retired Benjamin “Benji” Menendez will be available in early January.
The Partagas Benji Homage 62 uses a Honduran Olancho San Agustin (OSA) wrapper, Connecticut Broadleaf binder and a filler blend consisting of Dominican, Honduran and Mexican seco and ligero. It will be available in two sizes, a 6 1/2 x 54 toro and 5 1/2 x 52 robusto gordo. The robusto gordo will have a suggested retail price of $9.00 per cigar and $90.00 per box, while the toro will be $9.50 per cigar and $95.00 per box, before taxes.
Production is being limited to 1,500 boxes of each size, meaning 15,000 cigars per size and a total run of 30,000 cigars.
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.