Next Orchant Seleccion will be Plasencia. In The Philip & Ferdy Cigar Show episode from last Friday, we smoked the Alec Bradley Orchant Seleccion. Halfway the show, Mitchell Orchant called in from England to explain all about the Orchant Seleccion.
It all started close to 20 years ago. The British Habanos distributor Hunters & Frankau allowed Mitchell Orchant to select between 32 and 64 boxes of certain cigars of which he thought were outstanding. He looked for specific factory coded, rolling dates, wrappers and all. The cigars he found to be excellent received his stamp of approval. Those cigars were ringed with a secondary band and sold as the Orchant Seleccion.
Orchant still works with Hunters & Frankau and Cuban cigars for the Orchant Seleccion. But the program expanded. In the last few years, several New World cigar brands created a limited edition Orchant Seleccion. Again, with the stamp of approval from Mitchell Orchant. Before a cigar is released, many test blends are smoked by Orchant and his test panel. Once a final blend is selected, a limited number of cigars are rolled. These cigars are only sold at C.Gars Ltd and the connected Turmeaus Tobacconists in the United Kingdom.
Oliva, Alec Bradley, Drew Estate
In the recent few years, several brands made cigars under the Orchant Seleccion flag. And Orchant doesn’t discriminate. The cigars hailed from the three largest manufacturers of New World Cigars. Davidoff made a Dominican Orchant Seleccion. Alec Bradley made them in Honduras. Oliva, Regius, and Drew Estate make them in Nicaragua. Reviews of the Drew Estate Lightweight, middleweight, and heavyweight were published on Ministry of Cigars. Just as a review of the Alec Bradley Orchie, Pointy, and Twisty.
During the video call, Orchant revealed who’s going to be the next producer for the Orchant Seleccion. It may or may not have been accidental, but Orchant said he’s working with Plasencia for the next installment. But that’s all the info he released. We will keep a close eye on any news about sizes, blends, and release dates. Stay tuned.