The Garcia family, owners of My Father Cigars, has acquired a hybrid wrapper grown in Connecticut and, with it, created a new brand: El Centurion H-2K-CT. Scheduled for release at the IPCPR trade show next month, this will be a spinoff of the core El Centurion line.
The new cigar is named after the H-2K-CT Connecticut wrapper type, which the company said is proprietary to El Centurion. But it isn't a Connecticut wrapper in the usual sense. This isn't shade grown or broadleaf, but a Cuban-seed strain of tobacco grown in open sunlight and cultivated in the Connecticut River Valley.
"This new creation was a team effort between my father and me," said Jaime Garcia of My Father Cigars, which produces the El Centurion and My Father brands. "It is a lot different than My Father Connecticut. And different from the regular El Centurion. This new version is a medium-bodied cigar with full flavor, but it's also box-pressed. We were looking for a blend that is accessible to every palate but different from all our other brands."
Though the wrapper is grown in Connecticut, the binders and filler tobacco is Nicaraguan. El Centurion H-2K-CT is made in Nicaragua at the My Father Cigars S.A. factory and will come in two box-pressed sizes: Corona, at 5 1/2 inches by 48 ring, and Toro at 6 by 52. They will retail for $7.10 and $8.10, respectively.
The first El Centurion brand debuted as a limited-edition in 2007, but customer demand prompted the Garcias to turn it into a regular-production brand in 2013. The new H-2K-CT line is the first offshoot and is also slated to be a regular-production brand as well.
For a rating and tasting notes on the new El Centurion H-2K-CT cigar, see an upcoming issue of Cigar Insider.
This story first appeared in the June 2, 2015 issue of Cigar Insider.