At the 2023 Premium Cigar Association Trade Show, Esteban Carreras launched the Taken from the Devil’s Hand Corojo Maduro. This is the second release in the Taken from the Devil’s Hand Series. Last year, Esteban Carreras launched the original Taken from the Devil’s Hand in a Dark Corojo. This year, the company is adding a Maduro counterpart. What is also different is that Esteban Carreras is saying this will be a more limited cigar. While it won’t be one-and-done, it will have a limited production.
The cigar itself an Ecuadorian Corojo wrapper that has been fermented for an extra two years. The remainder of the blend consists of all-Nicaraguan tobacco for the binder and filler. It’s being launched in three sizes: Bootlit (4 3/4 x 46, SRP $8.00), Toro (6 x 50, SRP $11.50), and Sixty (6 x 60, SRP $13.00). Both the Toro and Sixty are packaged in 20-count boxes, while the Bootlit will come in 32-count boxes.
The story of the name Taken from the Devil’s Hand goes back to the 1990s in Cuba. At the time, Gonzalo Puentes, the Minister of Tobacco, was tasked with enhancing the Corojo. This was done through positive selection by growing 100 plants, taking the best five, and regenerating them several times. Eventually, the positive selection seeds from the best plants were selected. It turns out these seeds from the project were smuggled out of Cuba to Ecuador and Nicaragua – leaving the negative selection seeds to Cuba (or the “Devil” a.k.a. Castro).
The cigars shipped to retailers shortly after the PCA Trade Show.
At a glance, here is a look at the Esteban Carreras Taken From the Devil’s Hand Corojo Maduro
Blend and Origin
Wrapper: Ecuadorian Corojo Maduro
Country of Origin: Nicaragua
Factory: Tabacalera Carreras
Bootlit: 4 3/4 x 46
Toro: 6 x 50
Sixty: 6 x 60
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