Another limited edition exclusive cigar is on its way to retail members of the Tobacconists’ Association of America (TAA) this week.

It’s the Asylum 13 11/18, a unique perfecto that measures 6 x 48/54/48 and is a size that has long been associated with the Eiroa family. This is the first time the Asylum 13 has been offered in this size, a blend that is a Nicaraguan puro highlighted by a habano wrapper. It is produced at The CLE Factory in Danlí, Honduras.

Production is limited to just 500 boxes of 25 cigars, with pricing set at $9 per cigar and $225 per box.

The Asylum brand has used the 11/18 vitola before for other cigars in its portfolio, while the Asylum 13 has previously been offered the Super 11/18 size, a perfecto that measures 8 inches long with a double tapered body that has a 60 ring gauge at the head and foot, while the center of the cigar is a 70 ring gauge.


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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.

During the event—which began Sunday and ends today in Cabo San Lucas—the organization holds two selling events, one known as the Dream Machine where the retailers collectively order to secure larger discounts, while the other is a more traditional trade show. Typically, around a dozen manufacturers release new exclusive cigars for the retail members of the organization under the TAA Exclusive Series Program banner. Those manufacturers agree to give a portion of the proceeds to the organization, a minimum of 50 cents per cigar.

This will be the second TAA Exclusive Series Cigar to arrive on store shelves recently, as Villiger began shipping its TAA 2022 release this week.

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