El Galan Cigars, known for its Semilla Cubana Habano and Reserva Especial cigar lines, is launching a new cigar next month called Vegas del Purial Gran Reserva. According to brand owner Felix Mesa, the cigar is named after the farm where his paternal grandparents, Felipe and Caridad Mesa, grew tobacco in the Cuban province of Las Villas.
Vegas del Purial is rolled with an Ecuadoran Sumatra wrapper, Nicaraguan binder and Nicaraguan filler. The cigar comes in four sizes: Robusto, measuring 5 inches by 50 ring gauge ($8.90); Belicoso, at 5 1/2 inches by 52 ring ($9.20); Lancero, 7 by 38 ($9.80); and Super Toro, at 6 3/4 by 52 ($10.00).
Mesa says the cigar is a tribute not only to his grandparents and the Cuban farm, but also to his family’s continued tobacco legacy in Estelí, Nicaragua.
Vegas del Purial cigars are produced at El Galan Cigars S.A. in Nicaragua.
Felix Mesa started El Galan Cigars in 2013. He says he chose his company’s name to honor his grandfather.
“El Galan means gentleman,” Mesa told Cigar Aficionado. “The people around my grandfather would call him ‘El Galan’ in Cuba because he was always dressed very elegantly with a cigar in his left shirt pocket.”
Earlier this year, Arturo Fuente Cigars announced that Felix Mesa would be in charge of operations at a new Fuente-owned cigar factory in Estelí, Nicaragua. The factory is currently under construction.