Based in Granada, Nicaragua, Mombacho Cigars will be previewing its new Mombacho Casa Favilli brand next month, and the cigars are covered in quite an unusual wrapper—Nicaraguan broadleaf.
Casa Favilli is named after the colonial, yellow mansion-turned-factory where the cigars are produced.
“It’s an homage to our Casa Favilli factory,” said Claudio Sgroi, president and master blender of Mombacho. “It’s a place full of history, almost 100 years, an old colonial building classified in Granada as a historical monument.”
The tobacco in Casa Favilli comes from the three major growing regions of Nicaragua, but the wrapper is uncommon in the premium cigar world: an American-seed broadleaf grown in Jalapa, Nicaragua.
“I was looking to make a maduro line for three years, but never found a wrapper that was different from anything in the market,” Sgroi said. “Even though it is not the darkest wrapper, when I saw the broadleaf in Jalapa and tasted its unique flavor I said that I’m going to blend the Casa Favilli line with it, no matter what.”
Casa Favilli comes in three sizes: Toro, at 6 inches by 52 ring; Robusto, 5 by 50; and Torpedo, 5 1/2 by 52. Packaged in 12-count boxes, the cigars will retail from $11 to $13.
While the cigars will not be officially released until early 2019, a few of Mombacho’s select retail accounts will be the first to receive preliminary shipments of the new brand in November.
Unlike most of Nicaragua’s handmande cigar industry based in Estelí, Mombacho Cigars is located about 106 miles south in the colonial city of Granada. Casa Favilli was converted into a cigar factory in 2014. It not only produces cigars, but is also a tourist attraction.