Concerto Cigars LLC, a regional brand based out of Charlotte, North Carolina, has announced that it is moving its production to Tabacalera G. Kafie y Cia. in Honduras and refocusing its portfolio around a new line, RTB Cigars.

The company is headed by Ronald Thomas Brown II, and had previously been offering its cigars under the Concerto name, with three blends and a handful of vitolas being produced by a U.S.-based factory. Citing challenges in sourcing tobacco as well as production efficiencies, Brown decided to move production to Dr. Gaby Kafie’s factory in Danlí. He is also streamlining the portfolio down to two lines, the Aria and Finale, with just a single size in each.

“We’re honored to have Ron Brown join our factory, we feel that his special gifts and qualities really marry well with our family owned approach to making boutique cigars,” said Kafie via a press release. “At Tabacalera G. Kafie y Cia, we treat everyone like family. We all help each other to ensure each other’s success.” He noted that in addition to producing the cigars themselves, the factory is also producing the boxes and cellophane for the release.

The RTB Cigars Aria features an Ecuadorian Connecticut wrapper over a Honduran binder and fillers from the Dominican Republic, Honduras and Nicaragua,  while the RTB Cigars Finale uses a Nicaraguan habano maduro wrapper, Honduran binder and Honduran and Nicaraguan fillers.

Both cigars are offered in a 6 x 52 toro vitola priced at $10 and presented in 10-count boxes. Their names are a nod to Brown’s background in music, as he is a composer, arranger and percussionist, which gets a nod in the company’s logo via two pairs of drumsticks.

The revamped lines are scheduled to get their launch and begin shipping to retailers on Friday, May 17.

Images courtesy of Dr. Gaby Kafie.

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