Legacy Brands owner Victor Vitale has announced plans for the release of two different sizes of a new blend under the Tortuga 215 line. Named Coyote Negro, the new cigars were first described on CigarChat last week and are expected to be available for order at the 2014 IPCPR convention and trade show in Las Vegas, Nev. this July. The two Tortuga 215 Coyote Negros will join four Tortuga 215 Reserva and three Tortuga 215 Reserva Cedro vitolas.

The new blend replaces the Nicaraguan wrapper from the Tortuga 215 Reserva with a mata fina leaf from Brazil. It will be available in two sizes: a 5 1/2 x 54 belicoso ($8.37) and a 6 1/2 x 56 toro grande ($8.02). Vitale told halfwheel that the internal tobaccos of the Coyote Negro were very similar to what is in the Tortuga 215 Reserva, but that some slight changes were made in the filler strength to match the complexity of the new wrapper. 

“It’s a limited production extension of my Tortuga Reserva and very rare like the black coyote”  Vitale told halfwheel. “There will be more to come on the name and images of the Coyote. This is just the beginning of the El Coyote Negro.”

The Tortuga 215 Coyote Negro is limited to 12,000 cigars which Vitale expects to be ready to ship by the trade show. The cigars are made at Tabacalera Aguilar in Honduras.


Brooks Whittington

I have been smoking cigars for over eight years. A documentary wedding photographer by trade, I spent seven years as a photojournalist for the Dallas Morning News and the Fort Worth Star Telegram. I started the cigar blog SmokingStogie in 2008 after realizing that there was a need for a cigar blog with better photographs and more in-depth information about each release. SmokingStogie quickly became one of the more influential cigar blogs on the internet, known for reviewing preproduction, prerelease, rare, extremely hard-to-find and expensive cigars. I am a co-founder of halfwheel and now serve as an editor for halfwheel.