In response to consumers’ requests for a smaller size in the Don Fernando Maduro line, Katie 1901 Cigars has announced that a new 5 1/2 x 40 vitola called the Petit Perla will be added to the line this spring.

The new size will be a regular production addition the line and sold in 50-count cedar boxes, with an MSRP of $4.99 per when it begins arriving on store shelves in April.

Kafie 1901 Don Fernando Maduro Petit Perla

The Don Fernando Maduro line uses a Nicaraguan wrapper, Honduran binder and blend of fillers from Nicaragua and the Dominican Republic. The Petit Perla becomes the sixth size in the line, joining a Robusto (5 x 50), V Sixty (5 x 60), Torpedo (6 1/2 x 52), Toro Bello (6 x 54), and a VI Sixty (6 x 60), all of which are produced at Tabacalera Puros Aliados in Honduras.

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