Kafie 1901 Cigars has announced a pair of new cigarillos that it will be releasing this fall to consumers in the U.S.

“Small cigarillos are really not part of our business model, but we were blessed to have a couple of rollers at the factory that had the ability to make them,” Dr. Gaby Kafie told halfwheel. “The demand for them has been exceptionally high; our international distributors have been asking us to make Cigarillos for them, so we responded. We took the time and designed special 4×22 molds, like traditional larger cigars,” he added, saying that each cigarillo is hand rolled and bunched by just two rollers at the Tabacalera Kafie factory in Danlí, Honduras.

There will be two blend options, both coming in the 4 x 22 ring gauge. One line features an Ecuadorian habano natural wrapper that has been aged for two years, while the other uses an Ecuadorian habano maduro leaf that has been aged for three years. Both have a filler of Honduran and Nicaraguan tobaccos. Kafie said that both are designed to offer bold flavors and a clean finish, all in a compact format for a memorable experience.

Both come in boxes of 50 cigarillos priced at $69.

In addition, the boxes feature the company’s new branding, which include images of Kafie’s grandfather, Don Chukri Kafie, and grandmother, Doña Regina Karra de Kafie. “My grandmother was born in 1901 in a small fishing village named La Union, El Salvador,” Kafie said. “It was this same year that my grandfather, a Palestinian Christian who fled the Holy Land to pursue his American dream, arrived to this port.” He feels that because of his grandfather’s exodus from his home land, he blessed every generation thereafter with the freedom to pursue their dreams, and why they are being honored on this new branding.

The first shipments are scheduled to arrive this fall at existing Kafie 1901 retailers.

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