The H.R. Habano line that bears the initials of Hirochi Robaina will be getting to new siblings.

At next month’s IPCPR Convention & Trade Show, the company will add H.R. Blue, a maduro line that will use an Ecuadorian habano maduro wrapper.

“We utilized some different primings of the same tobaccos used in the original H.R. blend and covered it with a gorgeous Habano Maduro wrapper from Ecuador,” said Spence Drake, owner of White Hat Distribution, which distributes H.R. in the U.S. “We fermented this leaf for almost two years ‘low and slow’ and ended up with a flawless wrapper.”

It will be offered in four sizes: Corona Gorda (5 1/2 x 46, $7.95), Petit Edmundo (4 1/2 x 52, $8.50), Toro (6 x 50, $8.95) and Gordo (6 x 60, $9.95).

Also joining the portfolio is H.R. Claro, a line the company describes as “Cubanesque.” While it’s not disclosing the blend, it will be offered in four sizes: Rothschild (5 x 48, $8.95), Robusto Gordo (5 1/2 x 46, $10.95), Toro (6 x 52, $10.95) and 109 (7 1/4 x 50, $10.95).

Both lines will be offered in 20-count boxes and begin shipping immediately following the trade show, which begins July 25 in Las Vegas.

The original H.R. line will see some changes as well.

A Corona (5 x 42, $9.95) is being offered to select accounts. In addition, the line is moving from 20- to 16-count boxes.

The lines are produced by Omar González Alemán at his La Corona factory in Estelí.

González recently announced that he had settled a lawsuit with Cubanacan’s former distributor, Cubanacan.

Davidoff is the official sponsor of halfwheel's coverage of the 2016 IPCPR Convention & Trade Show.
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