Date: July 2023
Author: Usman Dawood

Aging cigars has always been a topic of debate among aficionados, with some claiming it enhances the flavour and smoothness, while others argue that it may not necessarily improve the smoking experience. However, Maya Selva Cigars is taking a bold step by offering cigar enthusiasts a unique opportunity to compare the taste of a cigar aged for a decade with a freshly rolled version of the same blend.

The star of this one-of-a-kind tasting experience is the Flor de Selva No. 15, a cigar that boasts a Honduran Connecticut wrapper, a binder from Honduras’ Jamastran region, and a carefully selected filler blend from Honduras. The cigars are elegantly shaped into a 5 1/2 x 54 belicoso vitola and packaged in a 20-count box, comprising ten cigars rolled in 2012 and another ten rolled in 2022. This special edition is a testament to Maya Selva’s commitment to preserving the aging potential of their premium new world cigars.

The journey of these cigars started a decade ago when Maya Selva envisioned a market for top-tier new world cigars that would embrace and celebrate the aging process. To materialize this vision, the company set aside thousands of cigars in their well-controlled warehouse, each vitola resting in its dedicated space under optimal conditions of temperature, humidity, and light.

A remarkable feature of this side-by-side tasting experience is that the two cigars sport distinct banding. The vintage version is adorned with a black-and-red foot band, while the newer version boasts the line’s current bands, creating a visual distinction that adds to the excitement of the tasting.

The idea behind this unique offering is to provide cigar enthusiasts with an opportunity to discern the changes that aging imparts on a cigar’s profile. By smoking both versions together, passionados can explore how the tobacco leaves have beautifully blended over time, offering subtle nuances and enhanced flavours that only age can impart.

The Flor de Selva No. 15 2012-2022 is exclusively available to retailers in the United States and is set to start shipping in September. The pricing for this extraordinary experience is $395 per box, which includes ten cigars from each vintage, and for those who wish to sample a single cigar from each vintage, the cost is set at $39.50.

Maya Selva Cigars’ commitment to preserving the essence of their blends and providing a unique tasting experience sets them apart from traditional cigar offerings. While Cuban cigars are often revered for their aging potential, Maya Selva Cigars has dared to challenge the norm by presenting enthusiasts with an exciting journey into the world of aged cigars, showcasing how time can transform and refine the smoking experience.

For aficionados and cigar enthusiasts in the United States, this exclusive opportunity awaits in September, inviting you to savour the delights of the Flor de Selva No. 15 aged for a decade alongside its freshly rolled counterpart. An experience like this is sure to ignite a newfound appreciation for the art of aging cigars and the magic it imparts upon these exquisite tobacco creations. So, mark your calendars and prepare your palates for an unforgettable side-by-side tasting adventure.

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