A box-pressed 6 1/8 x 52 torpedo version of the Jaime Garcia Reserva Especial blend has arrived at Tobacconists’ Association of America (TAA) stores.

If that sounds familiar, it’s because My Father Cigars S.A. released that size of the Jaime Garcia Reserva Especial to TAA retailers in 2011. The blend is back, once again a Connecticut broadleaf wrapper over a Nicaraguan binder and Nicaraguan fillers from the García family’s farms.

Yosef Joudeh of My Father Cigars, Inc. told halfwheel the tobaccos used for the cigar are “aged longer” than the original 2011 release.

Pricing is once again $9.50 per cigar. It is once again being sold in boxes of 16.

The TAA is a fairly small group of some of the country’s top tobacconists, about 80 retailers as well as 40 or so manufacturers. The association gathers annually to discuss issues facing the industry and retailers, as well as to have its annual trade show, a unique event that works on a group buying format in order to secure exclusive deals for these generally high-volume merchants.

In recent years, many of those manufacturers have made exclusive cigars for the organization.

Alec BradleyCrowned Heads, KristoffLa Flor Dominicana, La Palina and Tatuaje have also announced their 2017 TAA releases. There is also a release from CLE Cigar Co., though the company is declining to discuss details.

Charlie Minato

I am an editor and co-founder of halfwheel.com/Rueda Media, LLC. I previously co-founded and published TheCigarFeed, one of the two predecessors of halfwheel. I handle the editing of our written content, the majority of the technical aspects of the site and work with the rest of our staff on content management, business development and more. I’ve lived in most corners of the country and now entering my second stint in Dallas, Texas. I enjoy boxing, headphones, the Le Mans 24-hour, wearing sweatshirts year-round and gyros. echte liebe.