Fort Worth, Texas-based Providencia Cigars has released its fourth cigar line, The Hostage, which it calls a bold, full-strength and complex profile geared towards the experienced palate.

It features a Mexican San Andrés wrapper, Indonesian binder and filler of Nicaraguan and Honduran ligero. It is being released in a single 6 x 52 box pressed toro vitola priced at $9.99 per cigar, and is offered in 10-count boxes and 11-count bundles, each priced at $99.90. The current production run is limited to just 1,050 cigars coming out of the La Pequena Vega Cigar Factory in Danlí, Honduras, which is owned by Javier Mendoza.

The story behind The Hostage is an especially personal one to Providencia Cigars’ founder Jim Faber, who was once held at gun point in the parking lot of a youth soccer field in Honduras during the time he lived in the country from 1997 – 2011.

“Through my soccer work and mission in Honduras I got close to the mayor of the town and was eventually asked if I would consider helping young members of a gang get off the street through my soccer camps and school,” Faber said in a press release. “Accepting the challenge, I developed a friendship with the young players and their parents as we helped to turn their lives by way of soccer.”

He said that one day at the field, he was abducted by some men who forced him into a car, and with the assistance of some of the kids’ fathers who stepped in to help him amidst a flurry of gun fire, he was eventually able to get free.

“I was later told by the U.S. military investigator that a Mexican gang had moved into the country and they believed it was these gang members that tried to kidnap me,” Faber added.

Despite that situation, Faber says he has a deep love for both the country and its citizens, and it was this love that drove him to create a cigar in tribute to those who saved his life that day.

Shipping of The Hostage is scheduled to begin this week. The artwork for the project was designed by JT Design Studio, whose owner, Jennifer Rose, is an avid cigar smoker.

Images courtesy of Providencia Cigars.

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.