Sinistro Cigars’ La Fabrica series launched in July 2020 as a way of releasing “previously undiscovered” cigars to the market, but its latest release now features five new blends made just for the series.

All five of the cigars were blended by James Agopian of Sinistro Cigars and produced at Tabacalera El Artista in the Dominican Republic. While three of the cigars share a name with a previous La Fabrica release—and thus are noted as reduxes—the company says that each is a completely new blend. Each of the five blends is being released in the same two sizes, a 5 x 52 robusto and 6 x 50 toro, with only 1,500 of each size available in each blend. They come in packs of five cigars, and while the company is disclosing a good bit of detail about each blend, it isn’t disclosing the country of origin for all of the tobaccos used.

No Entiendo, which is Spanish or “I don’t understand,” uses a Pennsylvania broadleaf wrapper, a negrito binder from an undisclosed country, and a filler that contains piloto cubano and corojo ligero from an undisclosed country, as well as tobaccos from Nicaragua and Pennsylvania. The robusto is priced at $8 and the toro is priced at $9.

Love Child features a criollo 98 wrapper, while the binder comes from Cameroon and the filler includes piloto cubano, olor and corojo, along with tobacco grown in Pennsylvania. The company is not disclosing the origin of the wrapper and some of the components in the filler. The robusto is also priced at $8, while the toro has an MSRP of $9.

The Butcher uses an Ecuadorian habano wrapper, an Indonesian binder, and a filler of Nicaraguan tobacco that has some olor of undisclosed origin included as well. It is priced at $7 for the robusto and $8 for the toro. While The Butcher was featured as an original release in the La Fabrica Series, this is a new blend and a new factory for the cigar, as the original was produced at Tabacalera Mi Terruno in Tamboril, Dominican Republic.

Thick as Thieves also uses an Ecuadorian habano wrapper, but its binder comes from Mexico’s San Andrés region. Its filler features criollo 98, corojo and olor of undisclosed origin, along with leaves from Pennsylvania and Nicaragua. The robusto is priced at $7.50 per cigar, while the toro has an MSRP of $8.50.

Finally, Morisoñando uses a broadleaf wrapper of undisclosed origin, a criollo 98 binder, and a filler of criollo 98, corojo and olor, alongside Pennsylvanian and Nicaraguan tobacco. Its name comes from an alternate spelling of a term that means “die dreaming.” It is priced at $8.50 for the robusto and $9 for the toro.

“The La Fabrica series was created as a way to help sustain us through the COVID pandemic,” said Coleman Fine, co-owner of Sinistro Cigars. “There was a major shortage of workers at the factories we use, disrupting production of our core line brands. At that time, a few of the La Fabrica releases were new blends, such as the original release of The Butcher. Going forward, Sinistro will be blending all new brands in the La Fabrica series. These five new brands are completely new blends that James Agopian worked on during his 8 month stay in the Dominican Republic. The Butcher is a completely different blend from the original version, same with No Entiendo and Love Child.”

All five of the new lines began shipping to retailers today.

Patrick Lagreid

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