The La Flor Dominicana TAA 50 Segunda Edición Natural is off to stores, one of two new cigars from La Flor for the TAA in 2019.
As the name implies, the La Flor Dominicana TAA 50 Segunda Edición is the second edition of the La Flor Dominicana TAA 2018 Golden “Oro” Anniversary that was released last year. This year’s cigars have the same blend—a Nicaraguan sun grown wrapper over a Dominican binder and Dominican criollo 99 fillers grown exclusively for this blend. The one difference is that the 2019 version is a toro instead of a torpedo.
La Flor Dominicana is shipping the Natural this week, while a limited amount of the Maduro version, which uses a Mexican San Andrés wrapper, will ship next week. Jon Carney, vp of sales for La Flor Dominicana, told halfwheel the company will ship two boxes of the Maduros to each store that ordered it next week. A date for the full release of the Maduro has not been set.
Both La Flor Dominicana TAA 2019s are sold in boxes of 20 with an MSRP of $20 per cigar. Production numbers are not disclosed.
The TAA 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.
This year 11 companies, in addition to Joya, released new exclusives for TAA stores: A.J. Fernández, CLE, Crowned Heads, E.P. Carrillo, General Cigar Co., J.C. Newman, La Flor Dominicana, La Palina, My Father, Nat Sherman and Tatuaje.