It might sound like your favorite primetime singing competition, but the new La Flor Dominicana TAA 47 will result in a cigar, not a record deal.

At next month’s Tobacconists’ Association of America (TAA) meeting and convention, the company will present three different cigars as potential options for the company’s TAA exclusive cigar for the year. Retailers will be asked to cast their votes by placing tentative orders for each of the three cigars, but with the understanding that only the cigar that receives the most orders will be placed into production and as such the two other orders cancelled.

Each of the three cigars use an Ecuadorian habano wrapper, Nicaraguan binder and filler tobaccos from the Dominican Republic and Nicaragua. The three sizes are: 5 1/2 x 52, 6 x 60, and a 6 1/2 x 54 box-pressed torpedo.

The name, La Flor Dominicana TAA 47, comes from the fact that this is the 47th annual meeting and convention for the organization.

La Flor Dominicana says that the winning blend will be put into production and ship within 45 days of the convention and meeting, which takes place April 12-16 in Casa de Campo, Dominican Republic.

The TAA consists of around 80 retail members. The group meets once per year to discuss strategy and new ideas amongst themselves and with select manufacturers. In recent years, some of those manufacturers have created exclusive releases for the group on an annual basis.

La Flor Dominicana is the fifth company to announce its 2015 TAA release following Kristoff, Nat Sherman, Quesada Cigars and Tatuaje.

Update (April 29, 2015) — La Flor Dominicana has indicated that the original announcement regarding the blend was not correct. The cigar uses a Nicaraguan binder, instead of Mexican binder as originally announced. In addition, the filler includes Nicaraguan tobacco. For more information, see here.

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Charlie Minato

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