As we noted on the 2/8/14 Cigar Industry Report, General Cigar Company is getting ready to launch a second blend in its Partagas 1845 line. Retailers have been informed that this new cigar, the Partagas 1845 Extra Fuerte is expected to ship in March and will be a brick and mortar exclusive.
The Partagas 1845 Extra Fuerte is based off the Partagas 1845 Heritage that was introduced two years ago. While it contains a similar tobacco profile; the Extra Fuerte will utilize tobaccos from higher primings, contain extra ligero, and its tobaccos will have extra barrel aging and fermentation.
In addition to the Partagas 1845 Extra Oscuro, an internet and catalog exclusive, the Partagas Extra Oscuro was released. In a press release announcing both of these releases, Alan Willner, vice president of marketing for General Cigar explains, “These new collections enhance the taste spectrum of Partagas 1845 which is one of the best-selling blends in our portfolio. We anticipate that the appeal of these new Partagas 1845 cigars will be shared equally among those who favor the heritage and craftsmanship of classic brands, and those who seek to expand their smoking repertoires with exciting new tastes.”
The cigars will be packaged similar to the original Partagas 1845 Heritage.
At a glance here is a look at the Partagas 1845 Extra Fuerte:
The Partagas 1845 Extra Fuerte contains a four country blend:
Wrapper: Ecuadorian Habano Ligero
Binder: Connecticut Habano
Filler: Dominican Piloto Cubano, Nicaraguan (Guadian, Esteli, ASP)
The Partagas 1845 Extra Fuerte will be launched in four sizes:
Robusto Gordo: 5 1/2 x 52 (SRP $7.49)
Gigante: 6 x 60 (SRP $7.99)
Supremo: 7 x 58 (SRP $8.99)
Double Corona: 7 3/8 x 54 (SRP $8.49)
Update 3/5/14: Included information about being a brick and mortar exclusive.
Update 3/13/14: Included press release statement, photos, and pricing.