Micallef Cigars, makers of Cigar Aficionado’s No. 17 cigar of 2018, is adding three new sizes to its cigar portfolio. The trio of smokes—Reserva Toro, Leyenda Special Edition and Migdalia Corona Extra—expand the lineup of three separate Micallef brands. The new vitolas will be on display at next month’s IPCPR trade show in Las Vegas.
The Reserva Toro is a shorter version of the company’s flagship Reserva Limitada Privada, a Churchill-sized smoke that earned a spot on our Top 25 last year. The Reserva Toro measures an inch shorter than its predecessor, at 6 inches by 52 ring gauge, and it’s rolled with the same tobaccos: a San Andrés Habano wrapper over a Nicaraguan binder with Honduran, Dominican and Peruvian fillers.
Like the original Reserva—which launched with a steep, $42 price tag—the Toro will not come cheap. The new size will retail for $37. The Reserva Toro will come packaged in five-count, high-gloss piano-black boxes. It’s expected to ship to retailers in October.
The Leyenda Special Edition is a limited-edition cigar measuring 6 inches by 54 ring gauge. It's made with an Ecuadoran Habano cover leaf over a Nicaraguan binder with Dominican, Nicaraguan and Honduran fillers. Only 500 boxes of 10 cigars will be released. The Leyenda Special Edition is priced at $28 per cigar and is expected to ship to retailers immediately following the IPCPR trade show.
The last addition to the portfolio is the Migdalia Corona Extra. At 6 inches by 46 ring, the Corona Extra is crafted with a San Andrés Habano wrapper over a Sumatran binder and filler tobaccos from Nicaragua and the Dominican Republic. The cigar is priced at $9 and will come packaged in 24-count boxes. Like the Leyenda Special Edition, the Migdalia is slated to ship to cigar stores after the Vegas show.
Micallef Cigars is a relatively new cigar company that started selling cigars in 2016. Its brands are rolled at the Micallef Cigars S.A. factory in Estelí, Nicaragua.