Manifatture Sigaro Toscano will attend the International Premium Cigar & Pipe Retailers Association (IPCPR) Convention, happening June 28 -July 2 in Las Vegas.
During the IPCPR, MST will launch a new Toscano cigar, made with the Caribbean technique of using a wrapper and binder: Stilnovo. This is a limited edition for lovers of handmade cigars.
Stilnovo gets its name from innovation, in that is produced in a different way from the traditional Toscano cigars. Hand-crafted by the hands of the most expert cigar rollers of Lucca, it is the meeting point between the Toscano tradition and Caribbean technique.
“Stilnovo” reflects an important poetic movement of the fourteenth century, which embraced a new style of writing spearheaded by Dante Alighieri. Dante and the Toscano cigar are two icons of a united Italy both originating from the city of Florence. What do poetry and cigars have in common? Both have always been a way to break away from reality, with rhymes and rhythms that fill the air like a graceful wisp of smoke.
Utilizing long-filler made from Italian Kentucky seed grown in the Val di Chiana (Tuscany) area, with the stems very carefully removed by hand before aging for four years.
Also, for the first time in the history of Toscano cigars Stilnovo incorporates a binder of fermented Italian Kentucky tobacco.
Finally, American Kentucky is used for the wrapper, with its typical dark color and intense flavor and aroma. The tobacco is fire-cured, followed by four-week long fermentation to refine the flavor and improve combustion. Aging is lengthy, lasting 4 years.
The combination of the wrapper, binder, and filler allows Toscano Stilnovo to be smoked both whole and ammezzato (half-length). Smoked full-length, the slow change in ring gauge allows for a complex crescendo of strength that develops over time. When smoked ammezzato, an immediate release of the characteristic aromatic notes can be detected, also allowing for an instant introduction to the strength of the cigar.
Longer fermentation was chosen for the Toscano Stilnovo to obtain a smooth, balanced experience. Some micro-fermentation may continue over time and produce positive refinements, which do not change the main characteristics of aroma and taste of the product overall as they are determined by the year the tobacco was harvested and the particular blend.
Even with the extra binder leaf, Stilnovo still has the ability to maintain a good moisture content even outside the humidor.
Intensity: 5 – Taste: Peppery, Roasted – Aroma: Fruit, Wood
This article was originally written by Aaron Loomis on Developing Palates. To view original article, click here.