November 2020

It is the fourth time that the former Spanish tobacco monopoly is releasing a cigar for the Chinese zodiac calendar. The previous editions were The Year of the Dog, Year of the Pig, and the Year of the Rat. 

Year of the Ox cigar

This year, Tabacalera is releasing a 6¼x56 Toro Gordo. The cigars are using a Nicaraguan Habano 2000 wrapper over a Nicaraguan binder. The filler comes from the Dominican Republic and Nicaragua. Tabacalera de Garcia is making the cigars. There are only 4300 boxes available for a worldwide release, excluding the United States.

The cigars are made for the Chinese New Year. So it is not surprising that the packaging is red and gold. The colors of prosperity and wealth. There are 16 cigars in each box, 2 rows of 8. That has its root in Chinese tradition as well. Because 8 is a lucky number.

The Chinese Zodiac Calendar consists of a 12-year cycle. It starts with the Year of the rat, followed by the ox, tiger, rabbit, dragon, snake, horse, goat, monkey, rooster, dog, and pig. The tradition can be traced back to the Han dynasty that started in 201 BC. Each animal has a different character and that knowledge is used in Chinese astrology. 

VegaFina is one of the many companies creating a cigar for the Chinese New Year. The tradition started with Davidoff, but VegaFina, Drew Estate, Habanos, Brun del Re, J.C. Newman, Flor de Selva, and Plasencia are amongst the companies tapping in on the celebration. The Chinese brand Great Wall even releases two limited editions for the occasion.

 

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