Sinistro Cigars is adding a new Connecticut blend to its value-priced El Burro line, and will be shipping the cigars to stores this week.

The blend uses an Ecuadorian Connecticut wrapper, a Pennsylvania broadleaf binder, and a filler made up of Dominican, Nicaraguan and Pennyslvanian broadleaf tobaccos. It is described as a medium-plus blend that was created by James Agopian of Sinistro Cigars and produced at El Artista in the Dominican Republic.

It is being offered in the same three vitolas as the El Burro Corojo and El Burro Maduro, which debuted at the 2021 Tobacco Plus Expo (TPE) trade show:

  • El Burro Connecticut Robusto (5 x 52) — $5.77 (Box of 20, $115.40)
  • El Burro Connecticut Toro (6 x 54) — $6.30 (Box of 20, $126)
  • El Burro Connecticut Presidente (7 x 60) — $6.82 (Box of 20, $136.40)

“El Burro is our value brand line that has gained a lot of popularity since its release last year,” said Coleman Fine, co-owner of Sinistro Cigars, via a press release. He added that the company uses Grade A wrappers and premium long fillers, but keeps the cost low by using less expensive boxes and bands.

While a regular production cigar, El Burro is part of Sinistro’s La Fabrica Series, which was created as a way to show off what it called “previously undiscovered cigars.”

Image courtesy of Sinistro Cigars.

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