As part of the company’s 50th anniversary this year, Antillian Cigar Corp. is relaunching its Imperio Cubano brand with production heading to Miami and the first batch being released later this month.

“It’s like we are going back to our roots to celebrate our time in the industry,” Arby Sosa told halfwheel. The company’s first factory was opened in Little Havana by Sosa’s grandfather, Arturo, and his father, Juan, in 1965. That factory closed in 1980 and production was moved to the Dominican Republic, until the Imperio Cubano Factory was in operation in Miami from 1995 until 2000, before production moved back the Dominican Republic and Fuente Factory #4. That factory will continue to produce the Imperio Cubano Cameroon for McLean Cigars in Virginia.

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Sosa said that he and Santiago Cabana have been working for some six months to replicate the original Imperio Cubano blends, and he believes that not only has the original blend been matched but made better. There are two blends coming out, one with an Ecuadorian Connecticut wrapper and the other with a Mexican San Andrés Capa Negra. Both use a Dominican binder and filler from the Dominican Republic, Nicaragua and Peru, and are being produced at Cabana’s factory in Miami.

It is being released in three sizes, a robusto (5 x 50, $10), toro (6 x 50, $12.20) and torpedo (6 1/2 x 52, $16), all in 20 count boxes. Sosa said that he will be limiting the cigar to between 50 and 75 accounts this year to make sure that he can adequately supply those retailers while maintaining quality.

He also added that a lancero is in the works, but no timeline for its release is in place.

(Images courtesy of Antillian Cigars Corp./Sosa Cigars)

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