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November 15, 2011 — “Our new boutique cigar line, Urbano Connecticut, fills out our portfolio of just-released boutique premium cigars,” reports Matt Urbano, founder and owner of Urbano Cigars. “It is mild-to-medium-bodied, yet has a startlingly opulent flavor profile. ‘Connecticut’ complements our previously-released ‘Corojo’ (medium-full body) and ‘Sumatra’ (medium-body) lines. We’ve blended all three cigars to offer the full spectrum of flavors and strengths, to satisfy all smokers’ palates.”

Urbano Connecticut is available in four shapes: Robusto, Torpedo, Churchill, and a new 6” x 60 shape. The cigars are protected by cellophane tubes, and are presented in high-quality, handsomely-decorated cedar boxes of 20 cigars.

The cigar’s Ecuadorian-grown Connecticut wrapper, and Dominican filler and binder tobaccos are triple-fermented naturally, without scalding or other artificial means. This process yields a refined smoke, and significantly reduces the tobacco’s nicotine and natural starches and sugars … no spinning heads and queasy stomachs from “untamed alkaloids,” which many mistake for a nicotine buzz. The wrapper matches the mild Dominican long-leaf filler and binder, with their smooth flavor and delicate fragrance. It also dresses the cigar in a silky, delicately-veined leaf, pleasing to the eye and touch. The tobaccos are aged a full two years, and the finished cigars rest for another four months.

Urbano Connecticut’s filler leaves are bunched in the traditional Cuban entubado style., as are Urbano Corojo’s and Sumatra’s fillers. Quoting Urbano, “Although more labor-intensive, it eliminates the two top smokers’ complaints. First, hard or plugged draw, caused by the folded or twisted leaves, more seen in conventional bunching. Secondly, the ligero is accurately centered by eye, avoiding off-center burn … seen more with commercial bunching.” When building the bunch, each base filler leaf is rolled lengthwise, resembling soda straws. The buncher arranges them in a circle around one or more similarly-tubed ligero leaves, visibly centered. With the smoke passing freely through each tubed leaf from foot to head, and the dead-centered ligero, the smoker is assured of an easy, uniform smoke.”

Manufacturer’s suggested retail pricing for the Urbano Connecticut is set at $5.00 to $5.50, and all three lines are currently available from Urbano Cigars. Urbano adds, “We sell all our cigars only to brick-and-mortar tobacconists, who will give these boutique-level cigars the attention they deserve. If your local retailer does not carry the Urbano line, buy direct off our website at www.UrbanoCigars.com. Interested retailers can also contact us there.”

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Charlie Minato

I am an editor and co-founder of halfwheel.com/Rueda Media, LLC. I previously co-founded and published TheCigarFeed, one of the two predecessors of halfwheel. I have written about the cigar industry for more than a decade, covering everything from product launches to regulation to M&A. In addition, I handle a lot of the behind-the-scenes stuff here at halfwheel. I enjoy playing tennis, watching boxing, falling asleep to the Le Mans 24, wearing sweatshirts year-round and eating gyros. echte liebe.