Next month, Epic Cigars will release its third line when the IPCPR convention and trade show opens in Las Vegas, Nev. The Epic Habano predictably uses a habano wrapper from Ecuador along with a Dominican binder and filler tobaccos from the Dominican Republic and Nicaragua. While it does share similar filler and binder tobaccos as the other two Epic lines, Corojo Reserva and Maduro Reserva, Dean Parsons, founder of Epic Cigars, told halfwheel there is more Nicaraguan viso in the filler of the Habano blend.

“The reason I chose the Habano wrapper was to add something completely unique and different to our Epic line up” said Parsons. “Habano wrapper is a large part of the retail industry from a consumer standpoint. I really enjoy the sweetness, texture as well as the earthiness and spice that (it) brings to a premium cigar.”

Epic Habano Cigar

The Epic Habano will debut in four different vitolas, all of which will be sold in boxes of 20: Corona Extra (5 1/2 x 46, $6.25), Robusto (5 1/2 x 52, $7.00), Fat Rothschild (4 1/5 x 56, $8.00) and a Gordo (6 x 60, $9.00).

Parsons told halfwheel he anticipates shipping all four sizes of the new blend to current and new retailers at the end of July, along with the new 6 x 60 Gordo vitola in the Corojo Reserva line. All three Epic lines are made at the Charles Fairmorn Factory in the Dominican Republic.


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Brooks Whittington

I have been smoking cigars for over eight years. A documentary wedding photographer by trade, I spent seven years as a photojournalist for the Dallas Morning News and the Fort Worth Star Telegram. I started the cigar blog SmokingStogie in 2008 after realizing that there was a need for a cigar blog with better photographs and more in-depth information about each release. SmokingStogie quickly became one of the more influential cigar blogs on the internet, known for reviewing preproduction, prerelease, rare, extremely hard-to-find and expensive cigars. I am a co-founder of halfwheel and now serve as an editor for halfwheel.