In April, Epic Cigars began shipping its debut line, the Epic Corojo, roughly two months after the cigar was originally scheduled to debut. Dean Parsons told halfwheel his second line, the Epic Maduro Reserva, arrived at retailers in late May, and he’s not done.

Epic Reserva Maduro Robusto Box 2

Next week, Parsons anticipates that the Epic Corojo Gordo (6 x 60, $9), the fourth for the line, will leave the Charles Fairmon Factory in the Dominican Republic and will begin arriving after the IPCPR Convention & Trade Show which takes place next month in Las Vegas, Nev.

The two blends share the same internal components: a Dominican olor binder and Dominican piloto cubano, seco and ligero fillers. The difference lies in the wrappers: the Epic Corojo Reserva uses a Ecuadorian corojo, while the Maduro Reserva uses a Brazilian ariparaca.

After five years of development, Parsons launched Epic Cigars earlier this year. He told halfwheel the company had pre-sold cigars to roughly 15 retailers before the cigars began shipping.

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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.