Luciano Cigars showed off a brand new cigar line, Foreign Affair, at the TPE trade show in Las Vegas. The company says this new cigar is an ode to the globalization of the cigar industry and its smokers, to the capacity we have of connecting with one another by experiencing a great cigar together.
There is something extraordinarily magical that occurs in the shared space of smoke, cigars, and people. It’s as if barriers are bridged, and guards lowered. The experience goes beyond language, culture, gender, or any sense of otherness. Varied pathways lead to this common ground, a sacred ambience where we can connect and understand that no matter how foreign we may be to one another, the humanity in us overwhelms our perceptive differences. Those once strangers to one another are brought together, under the influence of a worldly cigar.
Luciano Meirelles – CEO & Co-founder of Luciano Cigars
This reverence found between premium tobacco, passion, and the relationships built from them was also reflected in the friendship between Luciano Meirelles, Frank Cossio (Co-founder of Astorian Cigar Co.), and Mike Dounoulis (Luciano Cigars’ Regional Sales Manager & Co-founder of Astorian Cigar Co.). The trio worked on the cigar for over a year, led by Cossio’s attentive palate, Dounoulis’ creativity, and Meirelles’ blending complexity. At the end of this journey, Foreign Affair is a cigar designed to appeal to the differing perceptions of all smokers.
The idea was to convey the unique and transcendent connection we experience in the shared space of smoke, cigars, and people. This cigar to me is emblematic of the relationships and bonds we’re able to build in our industry.
Mike Dounoulis, Luciano Cigars Florida Sales Manager & Co-founder of Astorian Cigar Co.
It’s a cigar with a taste profile that contradicts itself. You find boldness alongside sweetness, and it’s so balanced you can fully enjoy it without becoming overwhelmed.
Frank Cossio, Co-founder of Astorian Cigar Co.
The cigar will be offered in the following four sizes packaged in 24 count boxes:
● Corona – 5 ⅝ x 42 $9.50 MSRP ● Rothschild – 4 ½ x 48 $10.35 MSRP ● Toro Extra – 6 ½ x 52 $11.80 MSRP ● Belicoso – 6 x 54 $12.50 MSRP
The blend uses an Ecuadorian Sumatra wrapper, Nicaraguan & Ecuadorian binders, Nicaraguan Costa Rican & Dominican fillers. Foreign Affair is made at the Luciano Cigars Factory in Esteli, Nicaragua.