I was there when the picture was taken. If you are in Miami, stopping by his factory on Calle Ocho is required.
News: Gran Habano Adding American Puro (Update)
George Rico of Gran Habano has announced one of his new projects that will be formally unveiled at the 2013 IPCPR Convention and Trade Show: the George Rico STK Miami American Puro. On Thursday, he shared some details with halfwheel about it, and posted a picture of the new cigar to his Facebook page:
The new cigar uses a Connecticut wrapper and binder on top of a trio of filler leaves from Pennsylvania, Connecticut and Kentucky. It will be available in three sizes, 4 3/4 x 52, 6 1/4 x 54 and 5 5/8 x 46. Prices have not been announced as of yet.
Rico is also continuing the rollout of what he is calling “Big Boy Trays” for three of his lines, the Connecticut #1, the Habano #3 and Corojo #5. Each tray will feature three sizes from its respective line, a 6 x 60, a 6 x 66 and a 7 x 70. The red Corojo #5 trays have already been spotted at retail.
Update: George Rico said that the cigar will sell for approximately $8-$9 per stick are being made at his GR Tabacaleras Unidas Co. factory in Miami. While it will be a regular, full production cigar, he is projecting about 300 boxes a month to be produced between all three sizes.
Update (June 26, 2013): Gran Habano has sent over the following press release:
G.R. Tabacaleras Co. Cigar Factory announces the release of George Rico S.T.K. Miami “American Puro”.
June 26, 2013 (Miami, Fla.) – G.R. Tabacaleras Co. Cigar Factory of Little Havana, announces the release of the George Rico Miami “American Puro” cigar. This will be Rico’s first release from his new George Rico S.T.K. Miami line, made in his factory in Miami. The “American Puro” is 100% all-American, boasting tobaccos from Pennsylvania, Connecticut, and Kentucky, and manufactured in the U.S.A. The American Puro cigar will come in a 4 3/4 x 52, 5 7/8 x 54, and a 5 5/8 x 46. MSRP prices will range from $8 to $9.00 a stick.
G.R. Tabacaleras Co. is also manufacturer to the Barracuda from the S.T.K. Miami line of cigars created by George Rico and the G.A.R. Deli custom made-to-order cigars. The Barracuda also comes in three sizes: the Robusto 5 x 50, B-54 6 1/2 x 54, and Corona Gordas 5 5/8 x 46. MSRP prices for the Barracuda run between $7.50 to $9.00.