Date: July 2020
Author: Inspector Z

VegaFina Gran Reserva 2020 released. The third annual Grand Reserva from the Dominican brand VegaFina is being released. VegaFina is a brand founded in 1998 by Tabacalera, the Spanish tobacco monopoly. The cigars are produced at the world-famous Tabacalera de Garcia factory in the Dominican Republic. Tabacalera de Garcia is the largest cigar factory in the Dominican.

Gran Reserva

Since 2018, VegaFina has released an annual limited-edition Gran Reserva. The VegaFina Gran Reserva 2020 is thicker than the previous editions. For this year, the blenders of VegaFina opted for a 5½x50 Robusto Extra. The cigars are all hand made with tobacco aged for at least five years.

The blend consists of Nicaraguan and Dominican tobaccos. But how that tobacco is divided, what exactly wrapper, binder, and filler is hasn’t been disclosed yet. Only 7560 boxes of 10 cigars are made. The black lacquered boxes have a luxurious and contemporary look.

According to the tasting card provided by VegaFina, the cigar is medium-bodied. The aroma is woody, roasted, with slightly spicy and sweet notes. And the taste has tobacco, wood, coffee, almonds, cinnamon, and white pepper. We will do a review as soon as the cigars arrive at our office.

VegaFina

VegaFina is founded in 1998 by Tabacalera. Tabacalera is the Spanish tobacco monopoly. The cigars are mostly marketed in the international market. Altadis USA does not actively promote them in the United States. 

When Tabacalera merged with the French tobacco monopoly SEITA, they formed Altadis. Altadis partnered up with Cubatabaco and formed Habanos. Both parties are 50% owners. Altadis was acquired by Imperial brands. But Imperial brands recently sold the premium cigar division to two separate parties. Altadis USA, JR Cigars, online cigar stores, and the Casa de Montecristo retail outlets were sold to Gemstone Investments. The activities for the rest of the world were sold to Allied Cigar Corp. That includes the stakes in Habanos and several official Habanos distributors worldwide.

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