Viaje cigar brand owner Andre Farkas is releasing a cigar called The Geisha that is his tribute to the country of Japan. The cigars will be available in two different wrappers and boxes with two compartments made to resemble a bento box. Retailers can expect The Geisha to start arriving the first week of July.
“My interest in Japan goes back to my childhood,” Farkas told Cigar Aficionado. “My father is a seventh-degree black belt and world-renowned martial arts instructor, so I was exposed to Japanese culture at an early age. In 2010 I released my first Japanese-inspired line of cigars, Satori. In 2016 I took my first trip to Japan. The trip had a profound impact on me. It was during this trip I started to think about The Geisha.”
The Geisha comes in a single size, a perfecto that measures 6 3/4 inches by 52 ring gauge, and will have a suggested retail price of $15 each, before taxes.
Farkas also cited his interest in Japanese whisky as a factor in the creation of this release.
Viaje The Geisha is made at the Aganorsa Leaf factory in Nicaragua. Shipping in boxes of 28, the cigars are divided into two trays. When the lids of both the natural and maduro boxes are placed together, they form an image of a geisha, the left side being the natural version and the maduro being the right side.
The natural wrapper is a leaf of Nicaraguan Corojo ’99 tobacco, while the maduro is Mexican San Andrés. The internal tobaccos are all-Nicaraguan and grown by Aganorsa.
Production is limited to 400 boxes and Farkas told Cigar Aficionado that The Geisha will return to market again though there is no set date.