The Limited Cigar Association has officially revealed the details of February’s releases. For the uninitiated, the LCA drops its featured cigar on the first Friday of every month. The first Friday of February is on the 3rd and will showcase two limited offerings – the featured cigar for the month, as well as an LCA Plus selection. LCA Plus offerings are usually made available by partner shops as soon as they receive their allotment, while everyone waits until LCA day to sell the featured blend. Use the LCA store locator to plan your next visit or online order.
Next month’s featured LCA is actually the first cigar to have ever been produced at Tabacalera Annex, the A.J. Fernandez factory dedicated to Privada Cigar Club projects. Massacre, a 6.5 x 46 Lonsdale, has been aging ever since being rolled 24 months ago and set aside as part of Fernandez’s personal collection. Utilizing an Ecuadorian Habano Maduro wrapper, this blend showcases Nicaraguan binder and filler. The LCA says that Massacre, and the band that adorns it, signifies Valentine’s Day and the infamous St.Valentine’s Day Massacre that took place in Chicago in 1929. They also share that enthusiasts can expect notes of chocolate, black pepper, cedar, and dried fruits (apple and apricot in particular).
February’s LCA + is a cigar by Blackbird Cigar Co. called Dragon Fruit. The Brazilian Mata Fina wrapper is complemented by a Mexican San Andres Binder. Within, primarily Nicaraguan fillers with what the Association refers to as a “pinch” of Dominican tobacco. Once rolled, Dragon Fruit was allowed to age for 4 years prior to its release. Notes include strong white pepper, oak, and something distinctly tropical.
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