Positioned as one of the most premium non-Cuban Cohibas in production, the Spectre by General Cigar Co. is back for a third release in a new size. Retailers can expect it to start shipping next Tuesday, but it won’t be cheap. At more than $100 per smoke, it’s General’s most expensive Spectre to date.
The new Cohiba Spectre Toro measures 6 1/2 inches by 52 ring gauge and consists of tobaccos from four different countries, some of which have undergone extra age. The Dominican Piloto Cubano fillers, according to the company, come from a 2014 harvest and have been aging in dried palm-leaf bales, or tercios, since.
The Nicaraguan fillers from Jalapa hail from a 2017 harvest and have spent time aging in a Spanish sherry barrel, while the dark Ecuador Habano wrapper received a secondary fermentation period of six months. The tobaccos are all brought together by a broadleaf binder from the Connecticut River Valley.