Positioned as one of the most premium non-Cuban Cohibas in production, the Spectre by General Cigar Co. is back for a third release in a new size. Retailers can expect it to start shipping next Tuesday, but it won’t be cheap. At more than $100 per smoke, it’s General’s most expensive Spectre to date.
The new Cohiba Spectre Toro measures 6 1/2 inches by 52 ring gauge and consists of tobaccos from four different countries, some of which have undergone extra age. The Dominican Piloto Cubano fillers, according to the company, come from a 2014 harvest and have been aging in dried palm-leaf bales, or tercios, since.
The Nicaraguan fillers from Jalapa hail from a 2017 harvest and have spent time aging in a Spanish sherry barrel, while the dark Ecuador Habano wrapper received a secondary fermentation period of six months. The tobaccos are all brought together by a broadleaf binder from the Connecticut River Valley.
Cohiba Spectres are rolled at the General Cigar Dominicana factory in the Dominican Republic, and come in matte black boxes of 10. The box has a suggested retail price of $1,199.90 or $119.99 per cigar, which makes it one of the most expensive smokes in General’s portfolio.
Production of the cigar is limited to only 500 boxes, as the cigars are made by just one roller and one buncher.
The upcoming Cohiba Spectre is second in price only to the limited-edition Cohiba C8, which is intended for duty-free channels and select retailers.