For the first time in the brand’s long history, a non-Cuban Partagas will be available in a barbershop format, rolled with two contrasting wrappers. Called Partagas Añejo, the cigars are crafted with a dark Cameroonian wrapper and lighter Connecticut-hued foil to create a striking barber effect.
According to General Cigar Co., Cameroon tobacco comes from a 1998 crop while Connecticut shade cover leaf was grown in 2013. The word anjo translates to “old” in Spanish. Beneath the vintage packaging is a Dominican binder and a filler from Mexico and the Dominican Republic.
Partagas Añejo heads to retailers March 1 in two sizes: Petit Robusto, measuring 4 1/2 inches long by 49 rings, and Esplendido, at 4 1/2 by 60. Packaged in boxes of 25, both sizes are made in the Dominican Republic and will have suggested retail prices of $6.99 and $7.99, respectively. The relatively short prunings were dictated, the general says, by the size of the leaves in Cameroon.
The company wants Partagas Añejo to be a seasonal release.
General Cigar is a subsidiary of Scandinavian Tobacco Group, a giant corporation based in Denmark.
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