This is a bit odd, only because while I was at the Illusione booth at IPCPR, I talked with Dion about Nosotros and the overwhelming success they had with the first batch and how the second batch was going. I quote myself:
Dion also told me his partnership with Jonathan Drew was going extremely well and they easily sold out of the first batch.
Update: seems like Giolito terminated the partnership, which is what I read from the statement. Message from Dion Giolito below:
Effective immediately, Illusione cigars will no longer participate in the Nosotros brand project with Jonathan Drew DBA Drew Estate. After two and a half years, terms for a product delivery date still could not be negotiated. The Nosotros brand/trademark dies in the Drew Estate Factory as per Contractual agreement, and will not be made outside of the factory where it originated. – Dion Giolito, Illusione cigars
Cigar Aficionado quoted Jonathan Drew stating, “It was an interesting experience.”
That is the story of working in the “Heavy Leaf” business, my friends. One is constantly learning about tobacco and the business which surrounds it. Dion is a good friend, an exception(al) tobacco blender, and an asset to the industry. I will miss working on the project, quite honestly. JD