Stallone Cigars has announced a new line called Mustang that will make its debut at the 2023 Premium Cigar Association Convention & Trade Show in July.

The Stallone Mustang comes in two sizes, with each size getting its own wrapper. The Mustang Rothschild, which measures 4 1/2 x 50, uses an Ecuadorian Sumatra oscuro wrapper, while the Short Toro, which measures 5 1/2 x 50, uses a natural Ecuadorian Sumatra wrapper. Both cigars use two binder leaves, one coming from Nicaragua and the other from Brazil, while the filler uses tobaccos from Nicaragua’s Condega, Estelí and Jalapa regions. The cigars are made at the Las Villas Cigars factory in Nicaragua.

Tony Barrios, owner and blender of Stallone Cigars, calls both blends medium strength, though he noted there are some nuanced differences between the two. He said the Short Toro offers flavors of nutmeg, brown sugar, hints of cinnamon and an underlying combination of cream and baking spices. The Rothschild, meanwhile, adds cocoa and light pepper on top of those other flavors due to the oscuro wrapper.

“These delicious smokes deliver tons of flavor towards the sweet side of carefully selected and well-aged long filler tobaccos I chose for these blends, offering a fantastic experience for everyday smokers,” Barrios told halfwheel. He added that this is the first Rothschild vitola in the Stallone Cigars portfolio.

Pricing is set at $5.45 for the Stallone Mustang Rothschild and $5.99 for the Stallone Mustang Short Toro. Both sizes are sold in bundles of 25, but retailers will have the option of getting a wooden display tray that holds 50 of each size.

The cigars are scheduled to begin shipping to stores immediately following the 2023 PCA Convention & Trade Show.

Image courtesy of Stallone Cigars.

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