Alec Bradley has announced that their Alec & Bradley Gatekeeper cigar will be moving production from Ernesto Perez-Carrillo’s (EPC) Tabacalera La Alianza in Santiago, Dominican Republic to Tobacos De Oriente in Danli, Honduras. The company says the change is due to increased demand from a combination of EPC Pledge Prequel and Gatekeeper receiving #1 and #7 Cigar of the Year from Cigar Aficionado magazine. The blend remains unchanged.
Bradley and I want to assure our brand advocates that absolutely nothing has changed with the Gatekeeper blend. Our relationship with Ernesto is everlasting and he will still be very much involved in the process, ensuring only the highest quality standards.
This was a very tough decision for all of us. My brother Alec and I had an amazing journey working with Ernesto to create the Gatekeeper blend! Changing factories doesn’t at all negate our experience and relationship with Ernesto. The name, after all, is an homage to Ernesto opening the gates to us, allowing us to expand our tobacco knowledge.
I believe we’ve alleviated a bunch of headaches for everybody. Juggling our needs with Alec & Bradley’s needs was a challenge. I value my relationship with everyone at Alec Bradley and am very proud of what Alec, Bradley and I have achieved. Those young men have a bright future and I’m honored to continue being a part of the process!