Retailers who attend this summer’s PCA Convention & Trade Show will be able to order a pair of cigars from Kristoff, one of which is a new size for an existing line, while the other is a new, limited edition that will only be available to retailers who attend the trade show.

The Kristoff PCA 2022 Signature Series is a 6 1/2 x 60 box pressed figurado, a size similar to the one for the company’s 685 Woodlawn release, though that cigar was round. The blend features a Connecticut-grown broadleaf maduro wrapper, a Dominican binder and fillers from Nicaragua and the Dominican Republic. It is made at the Charles Fairmorn Factory in the Dominican Republic.

Production is being limited to 750 boxes of 20 cigars, which will be similar to the design used for the 685 Woodlawn as opposed to the rough cut cedar style used for the company’s core line. Pricing is still being finalized, but Glen Case, owner of Kristoff, told halfwheel that he expects individual cigars to be priced around $11. He expects them to begin shipping to stores in late August or early September.

Also new this year is the Kristoff Cameroon Belicoso, a 4 x 49 vitola. It features the same African-grown Cameroon wrapper, Dominican habano binder, and filler that is made up of Nicaraguan habano and Dominican habano. It is also made at the Charles Fairmorn Factory.

This will be the first time that Kristoff will use the size in its portfolio, something that Case told halfwheel was due to seeing a demand in the market that was short supplied. Its pricing is still being finalized, but Case expects it to be around $7.50 per cigar. He is planning to have it on store shelves in late July or early August, and will be offering it in 20-count boxes that use the company’s rough-cut cedar box design.

The Belicoso becomes the fourth size in the Kristoff Cameroon line, joining the Matador (6 1/2 x 56), Robusto (5 1/2 x 54) and Churchill (7 x 50), and will be an ongoing production size.

Update (June 1, 2022) — Added pricing and shipping information for the Kristoff Cameroon Belicoso.

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