Altadis U.S.A. is relaunching Oliveros Gran Retorno, a small batch series of cigars featuring tobaccos that have been aged at three different stages of production over five years.
The Oliveros Gran Retorno’s process calls for aging the tobaccos in traditional bales for 24 months. The cigars then remain in the factory Cedar Room for six months before being packed and aged for more than 33 months in their individual cedar boxes in the company’s Tampa humidor.
“This unique three-stage aging process revealed different characteristics at every step of the way,” Rafael Nodal, head of product capability for Tabacalera USA, parent company of Altadis U.S.A., said in a statement.
The Oliveros Gran Retorno is presented in three vitolas named after different music genres – the Swing (50 x 6), Banjo (52 x 4 ½) and Fiddle (54 x 6). The cigars are packed in 20-count boxes and prices run from $7.70 to $8.13. They will come in three different wrappers: Connecticut, Habano and Maduro. The Oliveros Gran Retorno Connecticut will be released in late August, the Habano in October, and finishing off the line will be the Maduro in December.
All blends are 100% Nicaraguan Tobacco from the Plasencia family’s private reserves, with the exception of the shade wrapper, which is a Connecticut seed grown in Honduras by Plasencia.