Altadis Releasing Next Generation Saint Luis Rey

Altadis is giving its Saint Luis Rey brand a facelift and a newer, bolder flavor with the new SLR Gen2, which comes out this month.

SLR Gen2 is a blend of Honduran and Nicaraguan fillers, a Nicaraguan Binder and a wrapper leaf of Ecuadoran Sumatra (the original blend features a Honduran wrapper and includes filler from Peru).

In an interview with Cigar Aficionado executive editor Gordon Mott, Altadis U.S.A.'s general manager Javier Estades said of the new line, "This is a fuller-bodied Saint Luis Rey. The traditional Saint Luis Rey was medium bodied, so this newer Saint Luis Rey is a completely different blend, but has the same identity to play off those same sweet spots."

Altadis is releasing Gen2 in three sizes: Robusto at 4 1/2 inches by 54 ring, Toro at 6 by 54 and Titan at 6 by 60. Despite the supercripted "2" in the name, which could be read as "squared," the cigars are round rather than box-pressed. They all come in boxes of 21, and will range in price from $5.75 to $6.75 per cigar.

Float Dub May 15, 2013 10:45am ET
no one cares. it'll prob make your top 10 though.
David Savona May 15, 2013 12:27pm ET
Dismiss it if you wish, but this company is making serious cigars, and the Romeo by Romeo y Julieta (our current No. 3) is a fantastic cigar.
Greg Mottola May 16, 2013 8:49am ET
The Torpedos from the core Saint Luis Rey line back in 2000 and 2001 were probably the best bang-for-buck hand-made long-filler cigar on the premium market at the time. Given its complexity, that cigar could have easily went for twice as much. Some may remember, some might not. Although I've yet to taste Gen2, I have no doubt that it has the same potential for greatness and I look forward to trying them.
David Griffith United States, May 23, 2013 7:02pm ET
I'm not sure why Float Dub has such a negative attitude towards a cigar he hasn't even tried, but I appreciate CA letting us know about this new San Luis Rey. I've been a SLR fan for a few years, and I too look forward to trying the Gen2. Hopefully, one of my local shops will carry it and I won't have to order it online.

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