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General cigar adds new extension: Macanudo Inspirado Red

General Cigar is adding an extension to its popular Macanudo Inspirado line. The Macanudo Inspirado Red features an Ecuadorian Habano ligero wrapper around Nicaraguan tobaccos from Ometepe (aged 12 years) and Estelí (aged five years), as well as Honduran tobacco from Jamastrán (aged 10 years).

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“As we celebrate the 50th anniversary of Macanudo, we created Macanudo Inspirado Red to speak to the brand’s unique ability to adapt to the preferences of today’s cigar lovers. Nicaraguan cigars are hot right now,” said José de Castro, vice president of marketing for General Cigar’s Macanudo brand, in a press release. “With ‘Inspirado Red,’ we show how nimble the brand can be by introducing a unique, Nicaraguan-forward blend to the line, while highlighting the expertise of the torcederos from our cigar factory in Esteli.”

Macanudo Inspirado Red, made at STG Esteli in Nicaragua, will be available in late March and come in three formats: a 5 x 50 box pressed Robusto ($6.49), a 6 x 50 Toro ($6.69) and a 6 x 60 Gigante ($7.49).

General Cigar launches Partagas Heritage

General Cigar announced a new blend called Partagas Heritage, which the company says “honors the heritage of Partagas in blend, box and band.”

Partagas Heritage featured a Honduran wrapper that General says it developed for this launch. The remainder of the blend comprises a Connecticut Broadleaf binder and fillers from from Honduras, the Dominican Republic and Mexico.

“We set out to create a retrospective blend that celebrated the very best of Partagas to date, and took great pride in putting together the ingredients, just like coming up with a very special recipe. This was a group effort, with our blenders in the Dominican Republic and Central America working with the marketing team to achieve the final taste,” said Jhonys Diaz, who led blend development, in a General Cigar press release.

The cigars are packaged in 20-count boxes and are available in four vitolas: Rothschild (4 ½ x 50; $8.49 per cigar), Churchill (7 x 49; $9.99 per cigar), Gigante (6 x 60; $9.59 per cigar) and Robusto (5 ½ x 52; $9.59 per cigar).

Toraño launches two new blends


General Cigar issued a press release announcing the launch of two new Toraño blends.

One of those blends is called E-021. It features an Ecuadorian Sumatra, Connecticut Broadleaf binder, and fillers from Honduras, Nicaragua, and the Dominican Republic. The cigar is available in two sizes: 4½ x 50 and 5 x 52 (priced at $5.49 and $5.99, respectively).

A second blend, W-009, features Nicaraguan wrapper, Honduran binder, and fillers from Honduras. This second blend is also available in two sizes: 5½ x 54 and 6 x 50 ($6.49 and $6.49, respectively).

“Our blending team in Nicaragua re-envisioned a couple of dynamic blends from my family’s original recipes. Both new lines round out the sizes available in the Vault line while continuing the tradition of exceptional blends in stand-out packaging and affordable prices. I look forward to sharing the new Vault lines with Toraño fans at cigar shops and special events across the country,” said Jack Toraño, who was recently hired as a full-time brand ambassador for Toraño, in a press release.

Punch Gran Puro Nicaragua launches

General Cigar announced the launch of Punch Gran Puro Nicaragua, an extension of the brand’s Gran Puro line which comprises four formats ranging in price from $5.29 to $6.99: 4.875 x 48, 5.5 x 54, 6 x 54, and 7 ½ x 54.


“For the extension of the Gran Puro line, our artisans built a blend that balances Nicaraguan tobaccos with a Maduro wrapper to deliver a layered, dimensional flavor not traditionally found in Nicaraguan-based cigars. We are confident that Punch Gran Puro Nicaragua will be a fast favorite among tenured smokers,” said Ed McKenna, director of marketing strategy for General Cigar, in a press release.

Produced at General Cigar’s HATSA factory in Danlí, Honduras, the blend features a Connecticut broadleaf wrapper along with Nicaraguan binder and filler tobaccos.

Hoyo to start hitting retailers in April


Hoyo is a new collection of Hoyo de Monterrey cigars that General Cigar announced would start to ship on April 1. Packaged in 20-count boxes and priced from $5.49 to $6.99 per cigar, the blend comprises tobaccos from four countries; it features a Nicaraguan wrapper (shade-grown Habano), Ecuadorian binder and fillers from Pennsylvania and Nicaragua. Hoyo will be manufactured at General’s Honduran factory.

The new cigar will be available in four vitolas: Gigante (6 x 60), Toro (6 x 50), Robusto (5 x 54), and Rothschild (4 ½ x 50).

“We’re taking the legendary brand Hoyo de Monterrey and moving it into the future.  The new Hoyo is about keeping the brand’s rich history of Honduran craftsmanship and infusing it with new ideas, new tobacco and new packaging,” said Alan Willner, vice president of marketing, in a press release.


Two new sizes for CAO Steel Horse

General Cigar announced that the CAO will be adding two vitolas to its Steel Horse. Both of the new formats are on the smaller side; Handbrake is a 4 ½ x 50 (retail price: $6.99 per cigar) and Roadkill is a 5 ½ x 54 ($7.00 per cigar).

Steel Horse is an extension of CAO’s popular Flathead line. It features a Connecticut Habano Grueso wrapper, with the blend comprising four tobaccos (from four countries) in total.

“Made with a signature flat-head top, Steel Horse was released in 2015 and is known for its easy-smoking flavors of leather and spice,” according to a release issued by General.

Punch Rare Corojo returns

Image: General Cigar

Image: General Cigar

General Cigar issued a press release announcing that “Punch Rare Corojo has begun making its annual return to retail. The seasonal collection welcomes a new, limited edition frontmark, while one of its original sizes will be retired this year.”

The Double Corona (6 ¾ x 48) will be retired this year; once the limited production of that size is depleted, that’ll be the end of it. Meanwhile, a 7.25” x 54 perfecto called Regalias Perfecto will be added to the Rare Corojo lineup. That size will come in a 10-count box and retail for $7.99 per cigar.

Punch Rare Corojo is made in Honduras and features an Ecuadorian Sumatra wrapper, Connecticut Broadleaf binder, and a filler blend that includes tobaccos from Nicaragua, Honduras and the Dominican Republic.

2016’s Punch Rare Corojo offering will include a total of nine vitolas ranging in price from $4.19 to $8.29 per cigar.

You'll soon be seeing an overhauled logo for Macanudo cigars

General Cigar announced in a press release yesterday that it has "modernized the design of its iconic Macanudo logo for the U.S. market." Starting January 15, the following brands will be sporting the new logo: Macanudo Café, Macanudo Maduro, Macanudo Crü Royale and Macanudo 1968. In addition, the release announced various changes to packaging, namely for Macanudo Crü Royale, Macanudo 1968, and Macanudo Café.

The major change, though, is in the logo, which had bene unchanged in 50 years.

General Cigar provided this GIF to illustrate the way in which the logo has been changed.

CAO Honor cigars to raise funds for surfing warriors

CAO announced that it will donate a portion of the proceeds generated by the small-batch CAO Honor to Amazing Surf Adventures' (ASA) Operation Surf, which is "a program benefitting wounded military heroes," according to a press release issued by General Cigar Company.

Specifically, those funds will go to ASA’s 13th Operation Surf event. It'll start today and end October 19. Twenty four wounded active-duty soldiers and veterans from various military branches in the U.S. and U.K. will take part in the weeklong surfing program led by ASA founder Van Curaza and a team of world-class surfers and instructors.

“This donation will provide the funding needed to hold more surf clinics for our active duty military and veteran heroes, thereby allowing us to continue providing a life-changing experience for them, one wave at a time," said Curaza in General's release.

The Nicaraguan-made CAO Honor is a limited-edition cigar packaged in 14-count boxes ($8.50 per cigar or $119 per box).

General Cigar announces two new vitolas for Punch Rare Corojo

Punch Rare Corojo Rare Lapiz will be made available in 10-count boxes.

Punch Rare Corojo Rare Lapiz will be made available in 10-count boxes.

General Cigar has announced that Punch Rare Corojo will debut with two new vitolas for retail on Feb. 16, 2015.

El Diablo, a 6 1/2 x 66 cigar, is a permanent new item for the Punch Rare Corojo collection. It will be packaged in a traditional wooden cabinet-style box and sell for an MSRP of $8.25 per cigar.
Rare Lapiz is the brand’s limited-edition cigar, launching side by side with El Diablo. The 6 3/4 x 56 cigar will sell for $7.99 each and come in a 10-count box.

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Diablo is a new regular-production vitola within the Punch Rare Corojo line.

Diablo is a new regular-production vitola within the Punch Rare Corojo line.