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COHIBA SPECTRE 2019

spectre1The artisans of Cohiba are proud to unveil COHIBA SPECTRE 2019, a small batch release that speaks to the highest art of tobacco mastery. For this, the second edition of Spectre, countless hours were spent in developing the blend.

An intimate knowledge of tobacco led the artisans to designate some leaves for aging in tercios to refine their flavors, while increasing the complexity of other leaves through a months-long finishing in fragrant Spanish Sherry casks. The result is not just a cigar, but an occasion unto itself.

The wrapper is deeply fermented, hand selected Nicaraguan Jalapa. During the curing process, a small percentage of upper-priming leaves were set aside for deeper aging. These extraordinary leaves underwent additional fermentation lasting six months, during which time the tobacco became profoundly more elegant. Ultimately, only eight barrels of wrapper tobacco were deemed worthy of adorning Cohiba Spectre.

spectre2The blend speaks to profound aging, as each leaf has been aged between four and sixteen years. The Nicaraguan Jalapa and Esteli filler leaves underwent a special finishing in fragrant Spanish Sherry barrels to bring forth intriguing notes of wood and molasses. When paired with Brazilian Mata Fina filler leaves and a Connecticut Broadleaf binder, the experience is one of complexity and refinement.

Only 180 boxes of Cohiba Spectre have been produced, and the exquisite cigars are made by just one roller, Ms. Xirolma Céspedes and one buncher, Mr. Ruben Dario Perez Peña. Representing a combined expertise spanning nearly five decades, these artisans are renowned for their exceptional dexterity and meticulous attention to detail.

To maximize the nuances of the tobaccos contained within, Cohiba Spectre has been made solely in a 6” x 49 vitola. The cigars are presented in a circular red and silver box, in which ten cigars are housed. A box can be purchased for $900, and individual cigars sell for $90.