Sinistro Cigars is pushing the upper end of its portfolio with a new limited production cigar coming out this week, the NV.

It’s a line that uses a Dominican corojo maduro wrapper that has been aged for 10 years, and which comes from a small farm that the company purchased several years ago with Tabacalera El Artista, who had been partially running the farm and saved some of its previous crops. Underneath that aged wrapper is an Indonesian Sumatra binder and a filler that includes Dominican piloto cubano ligero, Nicaraguan ligero, Pennsylvania ligero and Dominican olor. The cigar is made by Tabacalera El Artista at its factory in Tamboril, Dominican Republic.

The Sinistro NV is available in two sizes:

  • Sinistro NV Remus (5 x 52) — $20 (Box of 20, $400)
  • Sinistro NV Romulus (6 x 54) — $25 (Box of 20, $500)

Production is being limited to 150 boxes of each size for its debut release, which Coleman Fine, co-owner of Sinistro Cigars, told halfwheel was dictated by the company losing 35 to 40 percent of the wrapper during the fermentation process to achieve the desired maduro result. Because of the limited production, Sinistro is only releasing the NV to 10 of its retailers:

  • Boiling Springs Cigars — Boiling Springs, S.C.
  • Cigar Box — Las Vegas, Nev.
  • Hi-Times — Costa Mesa, Calif.
  • Lean & Bean — Pittsburgh, Pa.
  • Luxury Cigar Club —
  • Mardo Cigars — Laguna Niguel, Calif.
  • Old Allegheny Smoke Shop — Pittsburgh, Pa.
  • Privada Cigar Club —
  • Puro Cigar House/Omerta Cigar Co. — Oklahoma City, Okla.
  • The Vault — Meridian, Idaho

“The NV project is very dear to James (Agopian) and I,” said Fine, noting both the age of the wrapper being used, the fact that it comes from a farm the company now has partial ownership in, and that the cigar includes nods to the heritage of its co-owners. “On the cigar band are 2 gold coins; an Armenian ‘N’ and a Syrian (Arabic) ‘V’ symbolizing James’ and my heritage,” he added.

There are plans to make the Sinistro NV an annual release, though the company has not announced whether or not there will be additional sizes added in the future.

An earlier version of this article referred to Coleman Fine as a co-founder of Sinistro; he is a co-owner. We apologize for the error.

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