Stogie Road Cigars has announced that it will be releasing a new line called the Sweet Grass Gringo, a barber pole design highlighted by a Nicaraguan candela leaf.

There will be two versions released, the first a natural version using a shade grown Ecuadorian Connecticut leaf helps create the design. Under the barber pole sits a Honduran-grown binder and fillers from Nicaragua and Honduras. It is expected to arrive at retail in mid-March.

This summer, a maduro version will be released, using a wrapper of undisclosed origin in place of the Ecuadorian Connecticut, while the filler is being tweaked to make a bit “beefier,” according to Kerry Horney of Stogie Road Cigars. A specific release date has not yet been announced for that version.

Both are being released in a single 6 x 52 vitola priced at $12 and available in 10-count boxes.

“I fell in love after smoking the Fuente 8-5-8 candela,” Horney said. “When Gaby (Kafie) and I were discussing what was next for Stogie Road Cigars, I wanted to produce a unique barber-pole using candela. Not in the look, but in the flavor; the Sweet Grass Gringo delivers!”

The cigar is made at Tabacalera Kafie in Danlí, Honduras, which produced another barber pole for the Stogie Road in recent months, the Stogie Road Edición XXXV Lancero.

Image courtesy of Stogie Road Cigars.


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