Zander-Greg, Inc., is celebrating its twenty years as a national distributor of tobacco products with a new, special edition New World boutique cigar line. The circumstances in which this cigar is offered are a rarity … it is a brand manufactured and owned by AJ Fernandez, but with a slightly “tweaked” blend that is solely Zander-Greg’s.
The New World/20th Anniversary cigar is manufactured by the Tabacaleras Fernandez factory in Estelí, Nicaragua. The company is operated by third-generation tabacalero A. J. Fernandez, whose grandfather first grew tobacco in pre-Castro Cuba.
Zander-Greg’s 20th Anniversary is available in the same four shapes as the New World … all are classically Cuban, but with 5/64” larger diameters. They are: Robusto (5″ x 55), Belicoso (5½” x 55), Toro (6½” x 55) and an extra-brawny Gordo (6″ x 60). The cigars are Nicaraguan puros … dark Nicaraguan wrapper, Jalapa binder, and a filler of Nicaraguan Ometepe, Condega and Esteli. The cigars are full-bodied, and have a flavor profile that includes coffee, pepper, wood and chocolate notes. An extraordinary shifting of nuances throughout the smoke reflect the complexity of this five-tobacco recipe.
All shapes are box pressed, even the tapered-head Belicoso. An eye-catching gold “20th” adorns a second band below the Fernandez “New World” band. The cigars are presented 21 to a traditional Cuban dress-up box. Manufacturer’s suggest retail pricing falls between $5.00 and $6.00, and they will appear in tobacco retailers’ stores this September.
In a relatively short five years, Zander-Greg has expanded its cigar offerings from value-priced to boutique and superpremium cigars like Aniversario 1965 and HHB. Their 20th Anniversary is the epitome of their prolific portfolio of fine cigars.