In the spring of 2018, CLE Cigar Co. released a new blend and new size in its Eiroa The First 20 Years Series to members of the Tobacconists Association of America (TAA). This coming spring, that same cigar will be available to all retailers.

Christian Eiroa told halfwheel that he is planning to make the 8 x 60/48 diadema available in March as an ongoing production release. It had previously been available as a limited release to the 80 or so members of the TAA, though production was never capped at a certain number.

The blend of the cigar has been changed from the original Eiroa The First 20 Years; this big cigar uses a Mexican seed tobacco grown at the family’s farms in Honduras, while the filler is Honduran Victoria seed, one originally grown by Generoso Eiroa, grandfather of Christian Eiroa. It is named for Generoso’s La Victoria farm.

Like the version sent to TAA retailers, it will come in 10-count boxes, with individual cigars priced at $18.

CLE first released the Eiroa The First 20 Years in 2015, a Honduran puro that came in three regular production sizes. In 2017, the line got its first extension, The First 20 Years Colorado, which used a Honduran corojo wrapper aged for five years over a Honduran binder and filler. That cigar came in four sizes, also a regular production release.

Patrick Lagreid

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