The Caldwell Eastern Standard Maduro is set to be released at this summer’s IPCPR Convention & Trade Show in July, but one size has already arrived at a retailer.

Last Friday, Anthony’s Cigar Emporium of Tucson, Ariz. hosted an event that featured soft packs of the Eastern Standard Maduro Midnight Express (6 x 49). The bundles describe the belicoso-shaped cigar as a “PRE PRE RELEASE,” albeit Anthony’s has started to sell some of the remaining cigars.

Robert Caldwell told halfwheel the company brought around 400 cigars to the event for a tasting, but this won’t be the last time you see the Midnight Express size before the trade show.

The company is planning a more formal soft launch with the Midnight Express size through select retailers in around “six weeks.” That release will come in five-count boxes, instead of bundles.

When the line fully launches this summer, three additional sizes are expected: Corona (5 3/4 x 44), Rothchilde (4 3/4 x 49) and Toro Gordo (6 x 50)

The Eastern Standard Maduro uses the same hybrid Connecticut Arapiraca wrapper found on the Last Tsar, but at a lower priming.

Anthony’s has priced the Midnight Express at $72.50 per five-pack or $14.50 per cigar. Caldwell confirmed the Maduro will cost a bit more than the regular line.

Charlie Minato

I am an editor and co-founder of Media, LLC. I previously co-founded and published TheCigarFeed, one of the two predecessors of halfwheel. I handle the editing of our written content, the majority of the technical aspects of the site and work with the rest of our staff on content management, business development and more. I’ve lived in most corners of the country and now entering my second stint in Dallas, Texas. I enjoy boxing, headphones, the Le Mans 24-hour, wearing sweatshirts year-round and gyros. echte liebe.