Macanudo and Flint Knoll, a Napa Valley-based boutique winery that crafts limited production wines, have collaborated to create Macanudo Estate Reserve Flint Knoll. This cigar is meant to highlight the similarities between two crafts, cigars and wine.
This special release gets inspiration from the French Oak barrels that age Flint Knoll’s single vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon to take the smoker on a journey through an exotic range of nuances that vary between vibrant, dense and subtle.
The cigar itself is rolled, like more other Macanudo’s, at General Cigar Dominicana. The blend is uses six tobaccos from five different countries. It beings with an Ecuadoran-grown Connecticut Shade wrapper leaf, then a proprietary Connecticut Broadleaf binder leaf grown exclusively for Macanudo, The binder underwent a special aging process during which it took on characteristics of the French Oak barrels, imparting notes favored by Flint Knoll Proprietor Aaron Michaelis. The blend is finished with Brazilian Mata Fina, Dominican Olor, and Nicaraguan Jalapa and Dominican Piloto Cubano.
The collaboration with Flint Knoll is the first of its kind for Macanudo and gives us the opportunity to explore the synergies between cigar and winemaking. We look forward to future collaborations with Aaron and his team as we expand the notion of what it means to be a Macanudo by bringing terroir, craftsmanship and innovation to life.
Steve Abbot, director of marketing for Macanudo
As a seasoned cigar smoker, I admire Macanudo’s ability to remain consistent and true, decade after decade, because I’ve come to learn that this is as challenging for a cigarmaker as it is for a winemaker. You can imagine that having the chance to contribute to the brand’s legacy in some small way has been nothing less than thrilling for me personally, as it has been for my team. Macanudo Estate Reserve Flint Knoll represents the desire of both brands to expand their horizons and I believe that together, we will bring increased excitement to the worlds of wine and cigars.
Macanudo Estate Reserve Flint Knoll comes in two sizes: Toro 6” x 54 $19.99, and Churchill 7” x 52 $21.99. The cigar bands are white with deep embossing, accented in copper filigree. The cigars come in handmade wooden boxes of 10. Only 2,500 boxes of each size were made.