Sinistro Cigars’ Habana Vieja line is getting a third varietal, with a soft launch currently scheduled for mid-January.

The Sinistro Habana Vieja Corojo uses a Dominican corojo wrapper, a Nicaraguan HVA binder that has been aged for 10 years, and a mix of Dominican and Nicaraguan tobacco in the filler. The line is made at the La Aurora Cigar Factory in the Dominican Republic.

It is being released in a 5 x 50 robusto vitola, though the company is exploring other sizes to include in the line’s eventual full launch. Coleman Fine of Sinistro Cigars told halfwheel that the company is looking at a full release in spring 2021, though that could fluctuate due to ongoing issues related to the COVID-19 pandemic.

As it has done with previous soft launches, Sinistro is doing the launch through a single retailer. This time, it is 5 Star Tobacco in Los Angeles, who will be receiving 200 boxes of 10 cigars for the launch and release them on January 14. Pricing is set at $80 per box, before taxes, and according to Coleman Fine of Sinistro Cigars, 140 of those boxes have already been pre-sold.

This is the second new addition to the Habana Vieja line this year, as the company released the Habana Vieja Maduro via a similar soft launch in October. That line wears a primarily black band, while the Corojo’s is silver and the original Habana Vieja Habano, which was released in April 2018, wears a gold band.

Image courtesy of Sinistro Cigars.

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