This year, at the IPCPR trade show in Las Vegas, Nick Melillo will release an extension to his release from last year’s The Wise Man Maduro in a lancero format. The cigar scored a 95 in our blind review and earned #1 Cigar of the Year.
This release follows the way the lancero extension was released a year later for the original El Güegüense. The cigar will measure 7 ½ x 40 in a Cuban-box-press Lancero and will come in boxes of 13. It is produced at TABSA in Esteli, Nicaragua with a suggested MSRP of $13 per stick or $169 for a box. Production on the first run is limited to 500 boxes.
Nick Melillo says, “I was inspired by the reputation of the Lancero format, known for an appeal that tends to run deeper into the cigar connoisseur realm, to use an artistic rendering of El Güegüense, also known as Macho Raton, as the central figure on our 13count box. As this deeper story goes, El Güegüense traveled between the different colonial territories of Mexico and Central America in order to sell his goods. Accompanied by his sons, Don Forisco (his right hand) and Don Ambrosio (his detractor), they, and four mules (machos), ‘Machomoto, Macho-viejo, Macho-Mohino and Machoguajaqueno were used for his heavy work, and symbolized how the indigenous population was being treated by the Spanish colonizers.”