General Cigar is putting a fresh spin on one of it’s iconic brands. The company is shipping a limited-edition version of Macanudo Café called Heritage Nuevo, and unlike the original Café, it’s rolled with a cover leaf from Ecuador rather than Connecticut. The cigar starts shipping to retailers tomorrow.
Heritage Nuevo marks the first time that a Macanudo Café cigar has been rolled with a Connecticut-seed wrapper from Ecuador. Traditionally, Macanudo Cafés are made with wrappers grown in the Connecticut River Valley under shade—mesh tenting that filters direct sunlight for a lighter, golden-brown leaf.
In Ecuador, Connecticut seeds are planted for wrapper, but no shade tents are necessary, as the region’s heavy cloud cover naturally filters the rays of the sun.
Much like the original Café blend, Heritage Nuevo is made with a Mexican binder and Dominican and Mexican fillers—though Nuevo has a bit of Nicaraguan leaf in the filler as well.
Billed as a medium-bodied smoke by General, Heritage Nuevo comes in three sizes: Robusto, 5 inches by 50 ring gauge ($12.99); Toro, 6 by 52 (13.99); and Churchill, 7 by 50 ($14.99). Heritage Nuevo ships in 10-count boxes and only 6,000 boxes will be released. The cigar is rolled at General Cigar Dominicana in the Dominican Republic.