At the 2014 IPCPR Trade Show, visitors to the Esteban Carreras booth were told of a forthcoming release called Black Cross. In an interview with Mark Thompson of Esteban Carreras conducted at the Southern Cigar Festival, he revealed information about the Esteban Carreras Black Cross


Photo Credit: Mark Thompson


Photo Credit: Mark Thompson

Black Cross is a project that Esteban Carreras owner Craig Cunningham has been working on for the past two years.  The cigar features a Habano Cafe wrapper  over Nicaraguan binder and includes Jalapa valley ligero. There will be six sizes in the line. The cigar is being made at Tabacalera Carreras S.A.


Esteban Carreras Black Cross Robusto

Esteban Carreras was a freedom fighter in Cuba who helped get people out of Cuba as Castro was coming into power. To identify “like minded people” against the Castro regime, a black cross was used to accomplish this.  A black line would be drawn with charcoal.  If the other person crossed that line, then that person knew they were dealing with a like minded person.

Thompson indicated that a soft-launch is expected to ship on June 19th being done to select retailers who pre-ordered the cigar.  The cigar will then be showcased at the 2015 IPCPR Trade Show where it will be generally available.


Esteban Carreras Black Cross Bonita; Photo Credit: Mark Thompson

Esteban Carreras Cervantes; Photo Credit: Mark Thompson

Esteban Carreras Cervantes; Photo Credit: Mark Thompson

Our conversation with Thompson from the Southern Cigar Festival appears below:

At a glance here is a look at the Esteban Carreras Black Cross:

Blend Profile

Wrapper: Habano Cafe
Binder: Nicaraguan
Filler: Nicaraguan, includes Jalapa valley ligero.

Vitolas Available

While Thomspson mentions 4 sizes, it turns out there are six sizes in the line. All sizes are in 20 count boxes except the Cervantes which comes in 10 count boxes.

Bonita: 4 x 43 (Figuardo)
Corona: 5 1/2 x 46
Cervantes: 5 3/4 x 46 (Figuardo)
Robusto: 5 x 50
Toro 6 x 50
60: 6 x 60

Update 6/28/15: Added photo

Update 6/29/15: Added additional box photos as well as Bonita and Cervantes photos.  Also added size dimensions