El Artista has been making the Big Papi cigar line since 2016. In 2019, they added a line extension called “The Slugger which was a new, fuller-bodied blend, but it only came in one size, a 6 x 60 Gordo. Now, the company is releasing that same blend in a 5 x 50 format.
David’s brand continues to grow, and since The Slugger’s launch two years ago we have had requests to bring out a new size to complement the existing Gordo XL.
Radhames ‘Ram’ Rodriguez, President of El Artista Cigars
The new blend for The Slugger starts with a San Andres maduro wrapper, Dominican Negrito binder, and fillers from Dominican Republic, Nicaragua and US. The Slugger includes more ligero tobaccos for a stronger profile then the original Big Papi line.
We have hosted many dozens of events with Big Papi since 2018 and gathered a lot of feedback from fans and retailers about The Slugger. There were many requests over the last 24 months for a Robusto, and this year we happy to bring it to PCA ‘21.
Kevin Newman Director of Sales & Marketing for El Artista Cigars
The Slugger uses the same red and white Big Papi band as the regular line of Big Papi, but also features a secondary navy blue foot ribbon. It comes in boxes of 20 in a glossy blue and white box. Each cigar has an MSRP of $10.50. The Slugger Robusto will be shown off at the PCA trade show in less than two weeks and will ship August.