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Micallef Expands With Stronger Cigar Line

Micallef Expands With Stronger Cigar Line

Micallef Cigars is new, having sold its first cigars in 2016, but it has a wide variety of smokes. Its website lists 13 varieties of cigars, but the Weatherford, Texas, company is still expanding.

For the upcoming IPCPR trade show in Las Vegas, Micallef is debuting a new and stronger line called Micallef Grande Bold. The company feels that the cigars it already has in its portfolio tend to be more nuanced, and medium in body. The Grande Bold line extension is crafted to take the company into a stronger flavor category.

Grande Bold, which is made in Nicaragua by the Gómez Sanchez family, is blended to provide “full flavor,” said Steven Henrickson of Micallef. He said they are expected to be ready in July.

There are five varieties, each offered in a minimum of four sizes, with suggested retail prices from $5.25 to $11.

  • Grande Bold Mata Fina, which has a Brazilian wrapper, contains all Nicaraguan tobacco on the inside. It comes in five shapes: 6 inches by 50 ring gauge, 6 by 54, 6 by 60, 5 by 56 and a diminutive smoke measuring 4 by 46.

  • Grande Bold Nicaragua is all Nicaraguan, save for the wrapper, which is Connecticut broadleaf. It comes in four vitolas: 5 by 48, 5 by 54, 6 by 54 and a 7 by 54.

  • Grande Bold Sumatra has a Sumatra leaf wrapper, a broadleaf binder and a combination of Dominican and Nicaraguan fillers. It comes in four shapes: 5 by 45, 5 by 54, 6 by 60 and 7 by 48.

  • Grande Bold Ligero, which is also wrapped in Sumatra leaf, comes in four sizes: 5 by 52, 5 by 54, 6 by 60 and 7 by 58. The binder on that blend is from Ecuador, and the filler is Dominican and Nicaraguan.

  • Grande Bold Maduro is wrapped in broadleaf tobacco the company says was grown in Ecuador, and has Nicaraguan filler and binder. It has five sizes: 5 by 44, 5 by 52, 6 by 50, 7 by 50 and 6 by 59.

Micallef is owned and named after entrepreneur Al Micallef, a longtime cigar smoker who owns fine dining establishments and a silicone plastic fabrication company. He started Micallef Cigars after a serendipitous meeting at a cigar lounge with two cigarmakers from the Gómez Sanchez family of cigarmakers.

Its premier selection is the $42 Micallef Reserva Limitada Privada.

This article first appeared in the May 1, 2018 issue of Cigar Insider.