Another day, another new cigar line stealthily appears at retail. The cigar: the Alec Bradley-distributed Medio Fuerte Liga de Reyes from Raíces Cubanas; the retailer: Atlantic Cigar.

The store says that the cigar uses a Nicaraguan habano wrapper with a Nicaraguan binder and fillers from Nicaragua and Honduras, with production handled by Fabrica de Tabacos Raíces Cubanas S. de R.L., the fairly well known factory located in Danlí, Honduras. Atlantic Cigar calls it a “solid medium-bodied smoke.”


The cigar is offered in seven sizes, all of which come in 20-count boxes: 770 (7 x 70, $7.50); Churchill (7 x 48, $7); Corona (5 1/2 x 44, $5.50); Gordo (6 x 60, $7.50); Robusto (5 x 50, $6); Toro (6 x 50, $6.50); and Torpedo (6 x 52, $7).

A spokesman from Alec Bradley told halfwheel that this is not an Alec Bradley project as it had originally been identified, but rather a project coming from Fabrica de Tabacos Raíces Cubanas S. de R.L., the Danlí, Honduras factory that produces a number of Alec Bradley’s lines and which has begun releasing its own lines of cigars in recent years. It is the second such release from the factory to be released without an official announcement since the FDA’s Aug. 8 deadline to have cigars on the market went into effect, joining the Designio, which came to light earlier this month. A representative from Atlantic Cigar confirmed that they received the Medio Fuerte Liga de Reyes before the Aug. 8 deadline and only recently put them on sale.

Alec Bradley has released several new cigars in a similar fashion, including Project 50, Post Embargo Zenith, Pedro Pan, Black Market Phantom, Magic Toast, Havana Sun Grown and Project 60.

Update (Oct. 24, 2016) — A spokesperson for Alec Bradley told halfwheel that this is not an Alec Bradley release, but rather one from Raíces Cubanas that the company is distributing. This story was originally published on Oct. 20, 2016.


Image courtesy of Atlantic Cigar.

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