At this week’s Total Product Expo 2023 (TPE) trade show, Sinistro Cigars will be unveiling a new limited edition that celebrates the company’s 10th anniversary and uses a rather rare Dominican-grown broadleaf wrapper.

It’s called the Sinistro 10 Year Anniversary, and underneath that wrapper leaf is a Dominican-grown criollo 98 binder and a filler that contains tobaccos from Nicaragua and Pennsylvania, along with Dominican piloto cubano and criollo 98. The blend was created by James Agopian of Sinistro Cigars, with the company calling it full-bodied and medium-full strength.

“The Rodriguez family has been working on this leaf for the last six years to perfect the wrapper quality,” the company said in a press release. “We’ve tried to use it a few other times before, but had issues due to not having enough perfect wrapper. We’ve waited three years ourselves with this blend in our back pocket just waiting for the right amount of good leaf quality. We want to make this item a regular production cigar but we can only go at the pace of what good wrapper we are able to grow.”

It is produced at Tabacalera Artista in the Dominican Republic and offered in two sizes:

  • Sinistro 10 Year Anniversary Robusto (5 x 52) — $13.20 (Box of 10, $132)
  • Sinistro 10 Year Anniversary Toro (6 x 54) — $14.20 (Box of 10, $142)

Both sizes are being limited to 150 boxes at this time, though the company said there could be more produced, or it could even become a regular production line. The boxes and bands bear the phrase “coast to coast” in recognition of the company’s growth over its first decade.

“The pure grade on this is like no other, most pure grades are singular with the same flavor notes constantly shining through on your palate,” said Coleman Fine, co-owner of Sinistro Cigars, in a press release. “When James and I tried the pure grade of Dominican Broadleaf, there was no singular flavor profile, it’s as though you can smoke just this wrapper alone and it would make a fantastic cigar.”

The company says that the cigars are scheduled to ship next week.

Image courtesy of Sinistro Cigars.

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