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Four new Variety Samplers from Tabacos de la Cordillera (Mountain Range Cigars) make it easy and economical for smokers to select which new Fundación Ancestral luxury cigars suit their palates.

The company, which produces 100% long-filler handmade premium cigars in Puriscal, Costa Rica, now offers one each of the 5 different Fundación Ancestral premium blends, in 5-cigar cartons. According to John Vogel, company director and 40-year tobacco geneticist, "We don’t claim to make Cuban cigars, or say they contain Cuban tobacco. What sets us apart from every other company is that we grow all Fundación Ancestral tobacco from our proprietary Cuban seed varieties that pre-date Castro by twenty years. These are the only surviving seeds from that era. They offer all the power, flavor, and aroma of the classic Havanas Antiguas."

Cuban farmers first grew these varieties in five different regions in the legendary Pinar del Rio, Villa Clara and (La) Habana Provinces. The five blends are named "Serie 1940" through "Serie 1944," to signify the year each variety was developed by Cuban researchers. These seeds produced tobacco varieties that became archetypes for decades of Cuban cigars, until the Embargo. These pure, "true-to-type" Cuban seeds came directly off the island, and each blend is a true puro, made with only tobacco from that one variety. The Variety Samplers are available in all four Fundación Ancestral shapes ... Churchill, Corona, Robusto and Torpedo.

Vogel reports, "Now, smokers can satisfy their curiosity and save substantially over the price of buying our regular 5-pack samplers of each of the Fundación Ancestral cigar lines. Serie 1940, 1941 and 1944 have neutral wrappers, while Serie 1942 and 1943 are maduros. The collection is offered in both medium- and medium-full-bodied cigars. MSRPs for the Variety Samplers falls between $56.25 (Robusto) and $58.50 (Churchill, Torpedo).

"Our Web page ( describes the flavor profiles," states Vogel, "but words can’t describe the experience of smoking cigars with tobacco from ancestral Cuban seeds, which not even Castro can obtain. All our cigars are noted for their deep complexity ... one reviewer compared them to, 'A piece of steak ... not strong, but with layers of flavor.'" The Fundación Ancestral Variety Samplers will be available at fine tobacconists in December, as well as on the company's Web site,

New Fundación Ancestral Variety Samplers from Tabacos de la Cordillera include one cigar each of their 5 premium cigar blends

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