El Artista has announced a new line that will debut at the IPCPR trade show this week. There are three versions of the cigar, and only two are going to the USA. The Maduro and Connecticut versions will be making to the USA with the Maduro using a San Andres wrapper and the other a Connecticut Shade. The binder for both is a rare Negrito leaf grown by El Artista on their farms around Tamboril. The fillers are a multiple coulty blend including a T-13 Hybrid developed by Radhames Rodriguez.
The first Smoke with a Legend event for 2018 has been announced by Tabacalera El Artista and David Ortiz. This year’s first event will take place at the Cigars International Bethlehem Super-Store on April 7, 2018. David Ortiz is scheduled to be there to sign boxes and for photo ops with the first 500 visitors.
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Each of our panelists were given 10 votes to towards our Top 25 Cigars of the Year - 2018. As with previous years, the order of their votes mattered as their #1 vote is worth twice as much as their #10. Our list is made up of cigars that had a wide release this year. The cigars that are eligible do not have to have been reviewed on Blind Man's Puff, but the reviewer must have smoke it at some point to vote for it.
El Artista announces new SKUs for retail promotion of Big Papi by David Ortiz cigar brand. The first, titled “Big Slugger” is a baseball bat shaped figurado cigar in a keepsake box with a large display window. Featuring two different wrappers with the familiar Big Papi blend, the cigar can be smoked or displayed. Made in the Dominican Republic, Big Slugger retails for $45.00 and is available as of February 1, 2018. The second is a Big Papi branded cigar humidor that holds up to 50 cigars. The piece is offered in two SKUs, empty (MSRP: $120) and with 20 cigars (MSRP: $330). The humidor is made in the Dominican Republic and is available as of February 1, 2018. “We wanted to produce items that really stand out,” says Radhames Rodriguez, President of El Artista USA. “Anyone can make a hat or lighter in China. This is something special,” says Kevin Newman National Sales Director, “We launched both the Big Slugger and Humidor at Tobacco Plus Expo in Las Vegas and it was a huge hit with premium cigar retailers!”.
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