Luciano Cigars is celebrating the globalization of the cigar industry and cigar smokers with its newest line, Foreign Affair, which will debut at the 2023 Total Product Expo (TPE) this week.

The cigar was developed over the course of a year by Luciano Meirelles, ceo and co-founder of Luciano Cigars, along with Mike Dounoulis, Luciano Cigars’ regional sales manager, and Frank Cossio, co-owner of Astorian Cigar Co. in West Palm Beach, Fla. The blend features an Ecuadorian Sumatra wrapper, dual binders from Nicaragua and Ecuador, and fillers from Nicaragua, Costa Rica and the Dominican Republic. Cossio said that the blend offers a taste profile that contradicts itself. “You find boldness alongside sweetness, and it’s so balanced you can fully enjoy it without becoming overwhelmed,” he said via a press release.

Foreign Affair is produced at Luciano Cigars’ factory in Estelí, Nicaragua and offered in four sizes, which all come in 24-count boxes.

  • Foreign Affair Corona (5 5/8 x 42) — $9.50 (Box of 24, $228)
  • Foreign Affair Rothschild (4 1/2 x 48) — $10.35 (Box of 24, $248.40)
  • Foreign Affair Toro Extra (6 1/2 x 52) — $11.80 (Box of 24, $283.20)
  • Foreign Affair Belicoso (6 x 54) — $12.50 (Box of 24, $300)

“There is something extraordinarily magical that occurs in the shared space of smoke, cigars, and people,” Meirelles said in a press release. “It’s as if barriers are bridged, and guards lowered. The experience goes beyond language, culture, gender, or any sense of otherness. Varied pathways lead to this common ground, a sacred ambience where we can connect and understand that no matter how foreign we may be to one another, the humanity in us overwhelms our perceptive differences. Those once strangers to one another are brought together, under the influence of a worldly cigar.”

Dounoulis added that the idea behind the cigar was to convey the unique and transcendent connection that happens between people when enjoying cigars. “This cigar to me is emblematic of the relationships and bonds we’re able to build in our industry,” he added.

The company says that shipping is scheduled to begin by the end of March.

Update — Shortly after this article was published, the company confirmed the tentative shipping date of the release, which was added to the story.

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