Cornelius & Anthony is set to release its debut cigar at the upcoming IPCPR Convention & Trade Show, a line called Meridian.

The cigar comes wrapped in an Ecuadorian gordo leaf with a double binder from Ecuador and the Dominican Republic underneath and fillers from Nicaragua and the Dominican Republic. The company says the cigar has a layered complexity of sweetness and spice with cedar undertones.

Meridian is being offered in four sizes for its launch with prices between $7.60 and $9 per cigar: a Lonsdale (6 3/4 x 46), Gordo (6 x 60), Toro (6 x 54) and Robusto (5 x 52), all in 20-count boxes. PDR Cigars in the Dominican Republic is handling production, with shipping of orders placed at the show scheduled to begin by Sept. 1.

Cornelius & Anthony is making its IPCPR debut this year and is part of the Bailey family’s S&M Brands, which is best know for the Bailey’s cigarette brand. The company recently hired Courtney Smith as director of business development and Spence Drake as national sales director.

Davidoff is the official sponsor of halfwheel's coverage of the 2015 IPCPR Convention & Trade Show.
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