IPCPR 2018: CLE Cigar Co.

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CLE had a new booth, though it was very reminiscent of its 2016 booth.

Last year the booth had no walls and was open, sprawling and a little more difficult to tell where each brand under the CLE distribution umbrella was. This year CLE went back to a walled booth, with specific corners for each brand, and a slightly larger layout than 2016, allowing for easier maneuverability around all the retailers inside.

Four of CLE’s core lines got short, stubby size extensions. Very reminiscent of the NUb line from Oliva, the new sizes are all a consistent four inches long, with three different ring gauge options.

CLE Azabache Extensions

  • Wrapper: Mexico (San Andrés)
  • Binder: Honduras
  • Filler: Honduras, Nicaragua & Peru

 

  • CLE Azabache 54 x 4 — $7.66 (Boxes of 25, $191.50)
  • CLE Azabache 60 x 4 — $8.66 (Boxes of 25, $216.50)
  • CLE Azabache 69 x 4 — $9.66 (Boxes of 25, $241.50)

Production: Regular Production

Launch Date: August 2018

CLE Connecticut Extensions

  • Wrapper: Ecuador (Connecticut)
  • Binder: Honduras
  • Filler: Honduras, Nicaragua & Peru
  • CLE Connecticut 54 x 4 — $7.62 (Boxes of 25, $190.50)
  • CLE Connecticut 60 x 4 — $8.16 (Boxes of 25, $204)
  • CLE Connecticut 69 x 4 — $9.62 (Boxes of 25, $240.50)

Production: Regular Production

Launch Date: August 2018

CLE Corojo Extensions

  • Wrapper: Honduras (Corojo)
  • Binder: Honduras
  • Filler: Honduras, Nicaragua & Peru
  • CLE Corojo 54 x 4 — $7.62 (Boxes of 25, $190.50)
  • CLE Corojo 60 x 4 — $8.16 (Boxes of 25, $204)
  • CLE Corojo 69 x 4 — $9.62 (Boxes of 25, $240.50)

Production: Regular Production

Launch Date: August 2018

CLE Habano Extensions

  • Wrapper: Honduras
  • Binder: Honduras
  • Filler: Honduras, Nicaragua & Peru
  • CLE Habano 54 x 4 — $7.62 (Boxes of 25, $)
  • CLE Habano 60 x 4 — $8.16 (Boxes of 25, $204)
  • CLE Habano 69 x 4 — $9.62 (Boxes of 25, $240.50)

Production: Regular Production

Launch Date: August 2018

CLE Prieto Box-Pressed Diadema (Not Pictured)

The CLE Prieto line was introduced in 2016 and this year it’s getting a Diadema size. Like the rest of the line, it too will be box-pressed.

  • Wrapper: U.S.A. (Connecticut Broadleaf)
  • Binder: Nicaragua
  • Filler: Nicaragua
  • CLE Prieto Box-Pressed Diadema (7 x 52) — $16

Production: Regular Production

Launch Date: September 2018

CLE Sampler

Along with some size additions, there was a 10-count CLE sampler. It contains two of each of the CLE Azabache, CLE Connecticut, CLE Corojo, CLE Habano and the CLE Signature Series.

  • CLE Sampler — $89.20

Production: Regular Production

Launch Date: August 2018

Eiroa Sampler

Lastly, it also showed off an Eiroa sampler. The 10-count box contains two each of the Eiroa Classic and CBT Maduro, along with three each of the Eiroa The First 20 Years and the Eiroa The First 20 Years Colorado.

  • Eiroa Sampler — $121.60

Production: Regular Production

Launch Date: August 2018

Update: An original version of this article indicated that the Eiroa The First 20 Years Diadema was being offered to non-TAA accounts, that is not the case. It remains a TAA exclusive until Spring 2019.

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Brian Burt
About the author

I have been smoking cigars since 2005 and reviewing them as a hobby since 2010. Initially I started out small with a 50-count humidor and only smoking one or two cigars a month. Not knowing anybody else that smoked cigars, it was only an occasional hobby that I took part in. In March of 2010 I joined Nublive and Cigar Asylum, connecting me with many people who also shared an interest in cigars. Reading what they had to say about brands I had never heard of, I quickly immersed myself in the boutique brands of the industry and it was then that cigars transformed from a hobby into a passion. Besides my cigar hobby and job in the IT industry, my wife and I love traveling, trying new restaurants and relaxing at home with our two dogs.

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