Expected to head to shops in August, the Alfonso Gran Selección is going to be making it’s official debut this Summer. A sequel to the popular Alfonso Añejo, released during last year’s Premium Cigar Association trade show in Las Vegas, the Gran Selección promises to deliver an even richer and darker flavor profile. Announced today by United Cigars, the limited edition blend features an Ecuadorian Habano wrapper, Peruvian binder, and a combination of filler tobaccos from the Dominican Republic and Nicaragua.
As with the Alfonso Añejo and Byron 1850 lines, Nelson Alfonso – Owner of Selected Tobacco – subjects these cigars to an extended aging period that is finished in a room lined with French Oak. “Our experimentation with French Oak aging has lead to amazing cigars,” he explains, “the Alfonso Gran Selección is the next great example of our dedication to patience and exploration.” Launching in 5 different sizes, each Alfonso Gran Selección cigar represents 5 years of post-roll aging.
Production has been limited to 5,000 cigars per size. Packaged 25 cigars to a box, that breaks down to just 200 boxes of each vitola. The formats that have been announced so far are as follows: Estelares 5.5 x 54, Exclusivos 6 x 54 Torpedo, Enormes 6.5 x 60, Preciosos 7.5 x 40, and Grandiosos 8 x 50. Rolled at Tabacos de Costa Rica in Puriscal, these cigars will only be made available to shops that attend July’s PCA show. If you want to see where these cigars are made, check out the Tabacos de Costa Rica travel documentary produced by Privada Cigar Club: