Privada Cigar Club’s Ghost Series has a new name—Wraith—and the first release under that new name is scheduled to be released on Monday to retail members of the Limited Cigar Association as well as via Privada’s online store.

The Wraith Series is billed as a project that brings iconic cigars from history back to life, going back to the factories that produced those cigars and having them recreate them as closely to how they were originally made. However, because of the history of the cigars, Privada says it cannot disclose the cigar that inspired this release, the factory that made it or even all of the blend’s components.

The Privada Wraith Series #1 is a 7 x 40 lancero that uses a Nicaraguan habano wrapper over an undisclosed binder and filler. As noted above, Interestingly, the original release was a 7 1/2 x 38 lancero; the vitola was changed as it was determined that a slightly bigger ring gauge and shorter length was closer to capturing the flavor experience of the original release.

“We can not even hint at what cigar Wraith Series #1 is a recreation of,” said Clark Thornton of Privada Cigar Club and the Limited Cigar Association. “The only way a factory would ever agree to recreate a blend for us that they originally made for a different brand is if we promise to never say a word. This series is a way for us to give people an opportunity that would otherwise never exist to enjoy a blend that we believe to be really significant and special while not disrespecting the original brand that put out the cigar.”

The Privada Wraith Series #1 is sold in a five-count box, with each cigar in a glass tube, and retails for $75 per box. Production numbers are not being disclosed.

The Wraith Series is slated to be an annual release that comes out in October ahead of Halloween, with each year’s release different from previous releases.

Image courtesy of Privada Cigar Club.

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