It was announced in 2020, delayed into 2021 and then 2022, but the La Flor Dominicana TAA 50th Oro Tercera Edición Maduro is set to begin shipping to Tobacconists’ Association of America retailers this week.

Both the Natural and Maduro versions of the release use a Dominican binder and filler, including a Dominican criollo 99 tobacco that La Flor Dominicana only uses for its TAA releases. The Natural version gets a Nicaraguan sun grown wrapper, while the Maduro uses Connecticut broadleaf. Both versions comes in a 6 1/2 x 58 box-pressed chisel vitola, have MSRPs of $23, and are offered in 20-count boxes.

The company has not yet shipped the Natural version of the cigar, and has not provided a shipping date for that release.

The Tobacconists Association of America 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. Cigar manufacturers often produce exclusive cigars for the organization and its Exclusive Series Program.

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