At the 2015 IPCPR Trade Show, General Cigar unveiled its third installment of its Macanudo Estate Reserve Series. The Macanudo Estate Reserve is a annual limited edition series that offers a more premium offering in the Macanudo line. This year’s installment introduces the first Connecticut Broadleaf offering. Like the 2014 version of the Macanudo Estate Reserve, it incorporates Jamaican tobacco in the blend, but this one uses a rare varietal of Jamaican tobacco called Silver Tongue.
The history of Macanudo can be traced to Jamaica where for the first 30 years, the brand was produced at a dedicated factory in Kingston until the year 2000. The use of the Silver Tongue tobacco pays homage to this history. Silver Tongue is native to Jamaica organically grown in the Montego Bay region. It is described as a low yield tobacco that is one of the most expensive filler tobaccos in the world. This is an exclusive proprietary leaf to General Cigar.
In addition to the Jamaican tobacco, the blend consists of a 10 year old Connecticut Broadleaf wrapper.
Like the previous two years, each individual cigar is packaged in a coffin. There are ten coffins packaged per box. The cigars are available in three sizes (Belicoso, Churchill, and Robusto) with a total 1,800 boxes produced per size.
There are some packaging changes. There is a new box design adorned with the Jamaican flag colors. The band also has a new color (silver).
The Macanudo Estate Reserve 2015 is expected to ship to retailers in October.
At a glance, here is a look at the Macanudo Estate Reserve 2015:
Wrapper: Connecticut Broadleaf (10 Year Aged)
Binder: San Andres Mexican
Filler: Jamaican Silver Tongue, Nicaraguan, Dominican
Country of Origin: Not Disclosed
No. 7 (Churchill): 7 x 50 (SRP $17.00)
No. 8 (Belicoso): 6 x 57 (SRP $18.00)
No. 9 (Robusto): 5 x 50 (SRP $16.00)