262 Cigars Launches The Internship Program


262 Cigars will be releasing a new cigar in 2017 called The Intern, but to get to that point, the company is asking its fans to help pick the blend that will become that release.

The company has narrowed the choices down to four blends that have been dubbed The Search, The Resume, The Interview and The Offer. The first of those cigars, The Search, has gone up for sale on 262 Cigars’ website. Three sizes are available, each in five-count soft packs: a Corona (5 1/2 x 42, $35), Robusto (5 x 50, $35) and Toro (6 x 54, $40). For the Robusto, 55 were produced, while there are 100 of the Toro and 130 of the Corona.


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Inside each pack is a note card where the smoker can jot down notes and a score about the cigar, which can then be submitted online at a yet-to-be-announced website.

The remaining three blends are planned to be released one per quarter according to Clint Aaron, founder of 262 Cigars, who added that those next three releases will likely only be released in one size option. While the factory—or factories—isn’t being disclosed, he did add that all of the cigars are coming from Nicaragua.

As part of the process, 262 Cigars said that the company will be “pulling the curtain back on much of what we do behind the scenes here at 262 HQ; we want to show you how we decide on cigar names, designs, box styles, and a lot more.”

The winning blend is scheduled to be selected at the end of 2016 and then made available to all 262 Cigars accounts as a regular production release in 2017. Aaron added that it will most likely be available in several vitolas, though that part of the process is still to be finalized.

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