At this year’s IPCPR Convention & Trade Show, Marrero Cigar Co. will be expanding its Tesoro Mio line with a new Costa Rican puro version.

Joel Vazquez-Marrero told halfwheel that this new version is milder than the original but has “tons of character–creamy and nutty with a hint of cedar.” He said that the new line is grown, aged and rolled on a single finca in Costa Rica called Tabacos de la Cordillera, providing what he called a unique opportunity to sample the best that Costa Rica has to offer.

Marrero Tesoro Mio Costa Rican CT

The Tesoro Mio Box Press Costa Rica Puro is being released in three sizes, a 5 x 52 robusto, 6 x 52 toro and 6 x 52 torpedo, with pricing between $6.80 and $7.50 per cigar. As noted in the name, each is box-pressed and uses a Costa Rican Connecticut wrapper, Costa Rican Sumatra binder and Costa Rican habano filler and will come in 20-count boxes. Shipping is expected to begin in August and will be a regular production cigar, joining the Marrero Fuerete, Marrero Bellartes and Marrero Tico in the company’s offerings.

Davidoff is the official sponsor of halfwheel's coverage of the 2015 IPCPR Convention & Trade Show.

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