The Vegas del Purial Gran Reserva, a new cigar line from El Galan Cigars, is beginning to show up at retailers across the country.

The cigar was inspired by Félix A. Mesa’s desire to honor his family legacy and the name of the farm where his paternal grandparents, Felipe and Caridad Mesa, grew tobacco in the Cuban province of Las Villas. It was on this farm that Mesa took his first steps, learned to be a man and began his life as a cigar maker, he said, and the new line is his opportunity to memorialize his grandparents for the many years during which they lovingly sacrificed not only for their land, but for the cigar industry itself.

For this project, Mesa selected an Ecuadorian Sumatra wrapper, a Nicaraguan binder leaf that is called FFMC96, and a Nicaraguan filler. It is being released in four sizes, all made at the El Galan Cigars S.A. factory in Estelí and packaged in 20-count boxes:

  • Vegas del Purial Gran Reserva Robusto (5 x 50) — $8.90
  • Vegas del Purial Gran Reserva Belicoso (5 1/2 x 52) — $9.20
  • Vegas del Purial Gran Reserva Lancero (7 x 38) — $9.80
  • Vegas del Purial Gran Reserva Super Toro (6 3/4 x 52) — $10.00

“Vegas del Purial is a manifestation of a Mesa family tradition that was born on the beautiful island of Cuba as well as an expression of gratitude to Estelí, Nicaragua for offering this tobacco family an opportunity to put down new roots and continue its Cuban-born legacy,” said Mesa.

Image courtesy of Aroma de Vuelta Abajo, Inc./El Galan Cigars.

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