General cigar has announced the fourth iteration of Cohiba Spectre, the brand's small batch, ultra luxury cigar. The blend for Cohiba Spectre uses five varietals of tobacco, each some of the highest quality tobaccos of the growing regions, soils and microclimates from which they were harvested.
"As soon as I lit this cigar, I could taste sweetness and roasted nuts. Almost like honey roasted peanuts. As I continued to indulge, a little white pepper was introduced, adding a little complexity to the cigar. The sweetness eventually gave way to the pepper notes, only to return as the cigar began to wind down. Would I smoke this cigar again? Absolutely! I enjoyed the experience so much I would have immediately smoked another one upon setting this one down. " -Jai P. (Jai)
"I don't usually go for the bigger cigars but this was excellent start to finish. The sweet cocoa at the beginning that morphed into buttered toast and warm cinnamon at the midway point was perfectly balanced by charred oak and black pepper on the retro. The final inch or so got a little heavy on the wood notes but I would definitely smoke this one again after a big dinner with a nice rye to pair." -Vance T. (Vance)
CAO Blender and Brand Ambassador is stepping down after more than 20 Years with General Cigar. The move is effective April 29, 2022.
General Cigar's Punch is adding another cigar to their Chinese New Year Series: Punch Fu Manchu. This cigar celebrates the Year of the Tiger following 2021’s Kung Pow!, 2020’s Chop Suey and 2019’s Punch Egg Roll. This makes the fourth entry in the series.
General Cigar is adding a Connecticut version to their Chillin' Moose line. The new cigar joins the original Chillin' Moose and Bull Moose. The new cigar will ship to retailers on March 1, and will be a regular production cigar.
General Cigar and Espinosa Cigars have announced a new, and final size in their Warzone line. This marks the fourth vitola to be available, following the original (2020) Robusto and Toro, and 2021's Short Churchill. This new size is one of Espinosa's signature sizes, the Rabito, a 6” x 46 corona gorda.
"Overall, this was a solid straight-shooter flavor-wise. Comprised of mostly leather, brown sugar, white & black pepper with some wood notes, this cigar meandered from medium to full body while it burned down. While it didn’t absolutely thrill me, it was an okay cigar that is sure to please somebody!" -John A. (Bostoneo)
Last year, General Cigar and their Cohiba brand launched a new line, Serie M. This was the first Cohiba cigar made in the United States and none other than the famed El Titan de Bronze factory. At launch, it came in just one size, a toro. Now, that line gets a new size in 2022, a Corona Gorda. You can read our review of the original here.
General Cigar has announced that they are bringing back the Cohiba Spectre for a third release. The Spectre is one of the most expensive cigars ever released by General Cigar and uses four varietals of tobacco, each paying homage to the growing regions, soils and microclimates from which they were harvested.