Marrero Cigars has a new factory in the Dominican Republic, and the first cigar to come out of it is showing the artistic abilities of the team within its walls.

The new facility, named MCR Factory, is located in Tamboril and is owned by Joel Vazquez Marrero and Felix Gonzalez, a veteran of the industry for over 30 years and who has spent time with Arturo Fuente, Davidoff and La Flor Dominicana, according to a press release issued by the company. “It has been a dream of mine to own my own factory after working in the best factories in the world,” Gonzalez said. “I’m humbled and honored to be producing Artistico Cigars in my own factory,” alluding to the first release to be released.

The Marrero Artistico Salomon is a 7 x 62 that comes with elaborate decorations on the wrapper. To do so, the cigar uses Dominican-grown Connecticut, candela, maduro and habano wrappers, while the filler is highlighted by habano rosado criollo and corojo 98. The company is producing 250 boxes of 10 cigars, with shipping slated to begin in October. Single cigars will be priced between $25 and $28, according to Marrero.

Marrero will continue to produce its Costa Rican blends in Costa Rica, while the Dominican blends will head to the new factory, which currently has three pairs of rollers producing the company’s cigars. Marrero told halfwheel that the company is also exploring producing cigars for other manufacturers in the future.

Images courtesy of Marrero Cigar Co.

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