Valentino Siesto Premium Cigars, a Dominican-based cigar company, has announced that it will be releasing eight new cigars in September that will be released to the U.S. market.

While some of the cigar names overlap, the company told halfwheel that each cigar is its own distinct blend:

  • Pico Pato Maduro — A 6 x 54 toro that uses a Mexican San Andrés wrapper, Dominican olor binder, and Dominican fillers including criollo 98 and ligero. It has an MSRP of $16 per cigar.
  • Robusto Connecticut — a 5 x 52 vitola with an Ecuadorian Connecticut wrapper, Dominican olor binder, and fillers that include Dominican San Vicente and criollo 98. It is priced at $10.50 per cigar.
  • Robusto Habano — A 5 x 52 vitola that uses a Ecuadorian habano wrapper, Dominican olor binder and a filler that includes tobacco from the Dominican Republic’s San Vicente region. Each cigar has an MSRP of $11.
  • Robusto Maduro — Like the other robustos, this measures 5 x 52. It uses a Mexican San Andrés wrapper, Dominican olor binder, and a filler of Dominican criollo 98 and ligero. It is priced at $11.75 per cigar.
  • Toro Habano — The first of three toros the company is releasing, this 6 x 52 vitola uses an Ecuadorian habano wrapper, Dominican olor binder, and fillers that include Dominican San Vicente ligero, along with other Dominican ligero and seco leaves. It has an MSRP of $12 per cigar.
  • Toro Maduro — Also a 6 x 52 vitola, it uses a Mexican San Andrés wrapper, Dominican olor binder, and Dominican criollo 98 seco and ligero, along with additional Dominican ligero. It is priced at $12 per cigar.
  • Toro Connecticut — This 6 x 52 toro uses an Ecuadorian Connecticut wrapper, Dominican olor binder and a filler that includes Dominican San Vicente tobacco, including criollo 98 ligero.
  • Robusto Real #5 Habano — Rounding out the new cigars is this 5 1/2 x 50 cigar that is part of the company’s Anniversary Series. It uses a Ecuadorian habano wrapper, a Dominican olor binder, and fillers that include Dominican San Vicente seco and ligero. This release is priced at $21 per cigar and is the lone limited edition, with production capped at approximately 150,000 cigars.

After a career as a jeweler, Valentino Siesto founded his cigar brand in 2014 as a partnership with Juan Gomez, who is the company’s master blender. Siesto purchased the El Hoyito Tobacco Factory in Tamboril, Dominican Republic, which produces the company’s portfolio of cigars.

Its core line features four blends, a Habano, indicated by a red band; a Maduro, which wears a black band; a Connecticut, which has a green band, and a Doble Capa, which the company said will be imported at a future date. Each line has its own selection of vitolas, with each size having its own blend of leaves. Additionally, the company produces an Anniversary Series released on an annual basis that uses rare blends and aged leaves. In a press release, the company said that its portfolio includes cigars that use tobacco that has been aged for between six and 10 years in its blends.

The core line offerings are all offered in 20-count boxes, while the Anniversary Series is presented in 24-count boxes.

It currently offers its portfolio to international retailers, including stores in the Dominican Republic, Panama, Switzerland, Spain, Belgium, Montenegro and Monaco, as well as servicing duty free retailers. Valentino Siesto Cigars are distributed in the United States by J&B Premium.

Patrick Lagreid

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