IPCPR 2015: MLB Cigar Ventures


Mike Bellody is no stranger to the IPCPR Convention & Trade Show, but this year he was showing off his new company, MLB Cigar Ventures and its debut cigar, Imperia.

MLB Cigar Ventures IPCPR 2015 booth


As you may recall, Imperia began shipping late last fall; it uses a high-priming Dominican HVA wrapper along with Nicaraguan and Dominican binder and filler, with production handled by The Quesada Factory in the Dominican Republic. The line is offered in four sizes, the Pita (5 1/2 x 44, $7.98), Robusto (5 x 52, $8.30), Toro (6 x 50, $8.70) and Gordo (6 x 60, $9.40). Each size comes in 20-count boxes.

While Bellody has been focusing much of his attention towards retailers in the northeastern U.S. since that is where he is based, he mentioned that a number of stores from around the country have been stopping by the booth and showing interest, which could have it coming to more stores soon.

MLB Cigar Ventures Imperia

Here’s Mike Bellody with a bit more on his Imperia line:

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