A box-pressed 6 1/8 x 52 torpedo version of the Jaime Garcia Reserva Especial blend has arrived at Tobacconists’ Association of America (TAA) stores.
If that sounds familiar, it’s because My Father Cigars S.A. released that size of the Jaime Garcia Reserva Especial to TAA retailers in 2011. The blend is back, once again a Connecticut broadleaf wrapper over a Nicaraguan binder and Nicaraguan fillers from the García family’s farms.
Yosef Joudeh of My Father Cigars, Inc. told halfwheel the tobaccos used for the cigar are “aged longer” than the original 2011 release.
Pricing is once again $9.50 per cigar. It is once again being sold in boxes of 16.
The TAA is a fairly small group of some of the country’s top tobacconists, about 80 retailers as well as 40 or so manufacturers. The association gathers annually to discuss issues facing the industry and retailers, as well as to have its annual trade show, a unique event that works on a group buying format in order to secure exclusive deals for these generally high-volume merchants.
In recent years, many of those manufacturers have made exclusive cigars for the organization.
Alec Bradley, Crowned Heads, Kristoff, La Flor Dominicana, La Palina and Tatuaje have also announced their 2017 TAA releases. There is also a release from CLE Cigar Co., though the company is declining to discuss details.