E.P. Carrillo has created a new box-pressed toro for retail members of the Tobacconists’ Association of America (TAA), which it expects to deliver to those stores in June.

The blend uses an Ecuadorian-grown wrapper, a binder grown in the U.S., and fillers from the Dominican Republic and Nicaragua. Ernesto Perez-Carrillo calls it “a cigar with many nuances…a cigar that is balanced and complex and can be enjoyed at all times of the day.”

It is being released in a 6 x 52 box-pressed toro vitola, the first time that E.P. Carrillo has released a pressed cigar for the TAA, and it wears a band that puts the TAA’s logo front-and-center, trimmed in red and gold. Pricing is set at $13 per cigar and $130 per box, with 1,000 boxes produced by Tabacalera La Alianza S.A., making for a total production of 10,000 cigars.

The TAA is a membership group, which also includes approximately 40 manufacturers, that gathers annually to discuss issues facing the industry and retailers, as well as to have its annual trade show, a unique event that works on a group buying format in order to secure exclusive deals for these generally high-volume merchants.

Beyond E.P. Carrillo, CLECrowned Heads, Espinosa, Ferio Tego, General Cigar Co.’s La Gloria Cubana and Sancho Panza brands, Gurkha, J.C. NewmanJoya de Nicaragua, Kristoff, La Palina, Miami Cigar & Co.My Father, PlasenciaRocky Patel, QuesadaQuality Importers Trading Co.Tatuaje and Villiger Cigars North America have announced exclusive releases for retail members of the TAA.

Image courtesy of E.P. Carrillo.

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