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Island Lifestyle Adding Island Club Cigars at IPCPR

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Island Lifestyle Importers has announced the addition of the Island Club cigar line to its portfolio, which the company says will deliver a mild to medium profile with complexity, all at a wallet-friendly price.

The new line uses an Ecuadorian Connecticut wrapper over a Nicaraguan binder and filler. While the company acknowledges that Connecticut-seed wrappers can have grassy and bitter notes, it believes its leaf is different. “These Island Club cigars have notable flavors of light spice, leather and tea,” said Ryan Frailing, vice president of Island Lifestyle, via a press release. He added that the while the profile makes it a cigar fitting of a celebration, the price point also makes it perfect to enjoy on an every day basis while relaxing, working in the yard, hunting or fishing. “From a value proposition they are competing with cigars that are more than twice the price. We believe they are the perfect addition to our lineup of cigars,” he added.

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The Island Club is being offered in five sizes, each offered in bundles of 20 cigars:

  • Island Club Churchill (7 x 52) — $4.75
  • Island Club Toro (6 x 52) — $4.50
  • Island Club Torpedo (6 1/4 x 52) — $4.50
  • Island Club Robusto (5 x 52) — $4.25
  • Island Club Corona Gorda (5 7/8 x 46 — $3.95

The cigars are made at an undisclosed factory in Estelí, Nicaragua by a team of nine pairs of bunchers and rollers.

The Island Club will be on display at the upcoming IPCPR Convention & Trade Show, which happens in Las Vegas, Nev. from July 13 – 17. Island Lifestyle Importers offers several lines of cigars under the Island Lifestyle name, and is the exclusive manufacturer and distributor of Tommy Bahama-branded cigar accessories.

Update (July 5, 2018) — A picture of the cigars was sent by Island Lifestyle Importers and added to this story.

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Patrick Lagreid
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I strive to capture the essence of a cigar and the people behind them in my work – every cigar you light up is the culmination of the work of countless people and often represents generations of struggle and stories. For me, it’s about so much more than the cigar – it’s about the story behind it, the experience of enjoying the work of artisans and the way that a good cigar can bring people together. In addition to my work with halfwheel, I’m the public address announcer for the Colorado Rockies and Arizona Diamondbacks during spring training, as well as for the Salt River Rafters of the Arizona Fall League, the WNBA's Phoenix Mercury and the Arizona Rattlers of the Indoor Football League. I also work in a number of roles for MLB.com, plus I'm a voice over artist. I previously covered the Phoenix and national cigar scene for Examiner.com, and was an editor for Cigar Snob magazine.

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