For the first time since 2012, Macanudo has a new vintage release. General Cigar has announced the launch of the Macanudo Vintage 2016. It’s a cigar that features a U.S. Connecticut Shade grown wrapper from the 2010 growing season.

According to General Cigar, the 2010 growing season had the highest temperatures in 25 years in the Connecticut River Valley, with high humidity and optimal rainfall that yielded an exceptional shade-grown wrapper tobacco. General Cigar says the wrapper has been curing and aging for a full decade. The Macanudo Vintage 2010 marks the first time this wrapper tobacco is being used.

In a press release, Ernest Gocaj who oversees the Connecticut growing operations for Macanudo said, “We could not have asked for a better growing season than we had in 2010. Yet this is only part of the story. After such a beautiful crop is harvested, the hard work begins again because the most critical process for growing tobacco is curing. Given how unique and special this crop was, we were obsessive in monitoring the tobacco throughout the eight-week curing process, and ultimately brought its very best attributes to life.”

In addition, the blend features a Honduran binder along with filler from Nicaraguan and Honduran leaves aged three to five years respectively. The filler also includes Dominican Piloto Cubano ’94, a proprietary Cuban-seed varietal regenerated by General Cigar’s agronomists over a ten-year process that ultimately resurrected the unique aroma and taste characteristics the tobacco possessed two decades earlier.

The Macanudo Vintage 2010 will be available in three sizes – each presented in 20-count boxes. The cigars will begin shipping on August 17th.

At a glance, here is a look at the Macanudo Vintage 2010:

Blend and Origin

Wrapper: U.S. Connecticut Shade (2010 Vintage)
Binder: Honduran
Filler: Nicaragua, Honduran, Dominican Piloto Cubano 94
Country of Origin: Dominican Republic
Factory: General Cigar Dominicana

Vitolas Offered

Torpedo: 6 1/4 x 52 (SRP $11.99)
Toro Grande: 6 5/8 x 54 (SRP $11.99)
Churchill: 7 1/4 x 48 (SRP $12.29)