Black Star Line Cigars has announced that it has signed a distribution agreement with Illusione Cigars.

“This is going to be a great partnership,” said Aric Bey, founder of Black Star Line Cigars, via a press release. “We are a very small organization that is growing extremely fast. It is to the point we needed help with the growth and advice on how to grow bigger. Illusione with definitely be able to help us achieve those goals,” he added.

Bey launched Black Star Line Cigars in 2019, and currently produces its cigars at El Titan de Bronze in Miami, Fla. and Tabacos Valle de Jalapa S.A. in Estelí, Nicaragua. The company recently announced that it has added Binny’s Beverage Depot in Chicago to its list of retailers, which marked an achievement not only in terms of the brand’s growth, but had special meaning for Bey as he is a Chicago native and served on the city’s fire department.

The move adds to a growing portfolio of brands that Illusione distributes, a group that includes German Engineered Cigars, Carolina Blue Cigars, Amendola Cigars, Casdagli, Wildfire, Casa 1910, Apostate, Toscano and Cavalier Gèneve.

Patrick Lagreid

I strive to capture the essence of a cigar and the people behind them in my work – every cigar you light up is the culmination of the work of countless people and often represents generations of struggle and stories. For me, it’s about so much more than the cigar – it’s about the story behind it, the experience of enjoying the work of artisans and the way that a good cigar can bring people together. In addition to my work with halfwheel, I’m the public address announcer for the Colorado Rockies and Arizona Diamondbacks during spring training, as well as for the Salt River Rafters of the Arizona Fall League, the WNBA's Phoenix Mercury and the Arizona Rattlers of the Indoor Football League. I also work in a number of roles for, plus I'm a voice over artist. I previously covered the Phoenix and national cigar scene for, and was an editor for Cigar Snob magazine.