Ahead of the upcoming Chinese New Year, Tabacalera S.L.U. is getting ready to deliver the new VegaFina Year of the Ox.

The VegaFina Year of the Ox is a 6 1/4 x 56 toro gordo. It uses a Nicaraguan habano 2000 wrapper over a Nicaraguan binder and Dominican and Nicaraguan fillers. The company describes the release as “full-bodied.”


As with most cigars made for the Chinese New Year, it uses the colors of red and gold in the packaging. In Chinese culture, red symbolizes good fortune and joy; while yellow or gold symbolizes wealth. In addition, the cigars come packaged in boxes of 16 split into two rows of eight, which is a lucky number in Chinese culture.

Production is limited to 4,300 boxes and pricing will be €8 ($9.48) in Spain. Like most VegaFinas, it will not be sold in the U.S.

This is the fourth time VegaFina has made a release for the Chinese New Year, following the Year of the Dog, Year of the Pig and Year of the Rat.

Like most VegaFina releases, it is being produced at Tabaclaera de García in the Dominican Republic.


Charlie Minato

I am an editor and co-founder of Media, LLC. I previously co-founded and published TheCigarFeed, one of the two predecessors of halfwheel. I handle the editing of our written content, the majority of the technical aspects of the site and work with the rest of our staff on content management, business development and more. I’ve lived in most corners of the country and now entering my second stint in Dallas, Texas. I enjoy boxing, headphones, the Le Mans 24-hour, wearing sweatshirts year-round and gyros. echte liebe.