At the 2021 PCA Convention & Trade Show, E.P. Carrillo will be adding a new vitola to its Perez-Carillo La Historia line, a 6 1/2 x 43 lonsdale called Parientes.
The cigar will retail for $10.50 and will be limited in production, with 500 boxes of 20 cigars produced in the initial run. However, Lissette Perez-Carrillo said that she expects to be able to release more throughout the year as production capacity allows.
Like the rest of the La Historia line, it uses a Mexican San Andrés wrapper, an Ecuadorian Sumatra filler and Nicaraguan filler, and its name pays tribute to the Perez-Carrillo family, as the word is Spanish for family members or relatives. Unlike the rest of the line, which is offered in 10-count boxes, the Parientes will be offered in 20-count boxes.
“My hope is that families everywhere will welcome this cigar into their lives and will break out a box whenever there are friends and families having recollections of times gone by or making new memories,” said Ernesto Perez-Carrillo Jr. via a press release.
It is expected to arrive on store shelves in September, and when it does will be the fifth regular production size in the line, which debuted in 2014:
- Perez-Carrillo La Historia El Senador (5 3/8 x 52)
- Perez-Carrillo La Historia Regalias D’Celia Piramides (5 7/8 x 58)
- Perez-Carrillo La Historia Doña Elena (6 1/8 x 50)
- Perez-Carrillo La Historia E-III (6 7/8 x 54)
- Perez-Carrillo La Historia Parientes (6 1/2 x 43)
The company also released a size for the Tobacconists’ Association of America, a 6 x 56 toro gordo that appeared in 2019. Also that year, the line was part of a limited edition 10th Anniversary release that included a 6 1/2 x 56 box-pressed, double figurado vitola of the La Historia and Encore lines.
The company credits former COO Selim Hanono with being a champion for the vitola, having helped start production in 2020 prior to his departure in December of that year. “Parientes is very much a testament to Selim’s tireless dedication to helping us bring the best cigars to the market,” said Ernesto Perez-Carrillo Jr.
E.P. Carrillo initially made the announcement via a Cigar Aficionado, but has since released images and details, which have been added to the story.