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Henry Clay Rustic Cheroot Coming in April

Henry Clay Rustic Cheroot Coming in April

There’s a new spinoff of Altadis U.S.A.’s Henry Clay on the horizon—and it’s a tiny cigar that takes the form of a cheroot (a rustic-style smoke that’s typically rolled with an open head and foot). The new cigar is called Henry Clay Rustic Cheroot, and unlike most cheroots, it’s crafted with a pigtail cap and closed foot. The cigar is slated to ship nationally in April.

Henry Clay Rustic Cheroot will ship in just one size, a 5 5/8 inches by 38 ring gauge vitola with a wallet-friendly price of $4.25. The cigar is rolled with a Connecticut broadleaf wrapper and binder and long-filler leaves from the Dominican Republic and Honduras.

According to Altadis, the Honduran filler is made from tobacco leaves it calls capa dura—small, second-growth leaves that grow on the bare stalk of the plant after all its tobacco has been completely harvested. The second growth only produces two small leaves that sprout from the top corona portion of the plant.

Altadis says these “reborn” tobacco leaves are quite powerful, so Dominican and Connecticut broadleaf tobaccos were chosen to balance the blend of the cigar, which the company describes as full bodied.

Henry Clay Rustic Cheroot comes packaged in wooden 20-count boxes. This is the third entry in the modern Henry Clay Lineup, following Henry Clay Tattoo and Henry Clay Stalk Cut. Unlike its predecessors, which are rolled in the Dominican Republic, Rustic Cheroot is made in Honduras at Altadis’s La Flor de Copan factory.