The trend of commemorative smokes continues. So far in 2014 we have seen cigars in honor of 50th anniversaries (Padrón, Sosa), 40th anniversaries (MATASA, Matilde), 25 (Miami Cigar), 20 (La Flor Dominicana) and five (EPC Cigar Co.), just to name a few. Now José Blanco is joining the celebration by releasing a cigar for his 65th birthday, which is today.
Señorial by José Blanco 65th Anniversary is an entirely Dominican cigar that comes in one size, a perfecto measuring 5 3/4 inches by 55 ring gauge that goes by the name Perfecto Elegance.
The wrapper is described as an older piloto Cubano leaf grown in La Canela, a part of the Dominican Republic known for stronger tobaccos.
The smokes will sell for $14 each, a considerable premium over the original Señorial line, which sells for $7 to $10. Like all Señorial cigars, 65th Anniversary will be sold only through brick-and-mortar stores.
All Señorial cigars are rolled at Tabacalera La Palma, a Tamboril, Dominican Republic, factory run by Blanco's cousin Jochy Blanco.
The entire Señorial brand has been on sale for a few months, debuting on June 4 in New York City with a launch party at Cigar Inn. The original line, which has five sizes, is made with wrapper from Ecuador, binder from Nicaragua, and a filler blend of Dominican leaves. In a vertical brand tasting conducted in the September 9 Cigar Insider, the line scored an average of 88.8 points. The best scores—two 90s—went to the Corona Gorda No. 5 and Paco Robusto.