Caldwell Cigar Co.’s Eastern Standard line has recently expanded as the company has released a 7 1/4 x 40 lancero called The Silk Road. The limited edition cigar was shown off at the 2014 IPCPR Convention and Trade Show and has begun to arrive at retailers.

The cigar comes in 24-count boxes with an MSRP of $288, or $12 per cigar, with just 500 boxes are planned for The Silk Road. Like the rest of the Eastern Standard line, the cigar uses an Ecuadorian Connecticut wrapper, Dominican binder and a filler blend of Dominican criollo ’98 viso, Dominican corojo ligero and Nicaraguan habano seco. The cigars are made at Tabacalera William Ventura in the Dominican Republic.

It’s the fourth size for the Eastern Standard line, joining the 5 1/2 x 44 Euro Express, 5 x 50 Corretto and 7 x 48 Cream Crush.

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