It’s been nearly one year since Mike Bellody announced the launch of MLB Cigar Ventures, and four months since he revealed the company’s debut cigar. While Imperia was supposed to have been on shelves by early July, it will be a little longer until it finally arrives in stores.

Via the company’s Facebook page today, Bellody announced that while the cigars have been rolled and are “resting comfortably” at the Quesada factory in the Dominican Republic, there have been delays in the production of the bands and box labels for the project. Bellody said those will be completed on August 25, and the process of getting the cigars banded, boxed and shipped to the company’s warehouse will begin immediately upon receipt of those items.

Imperia will use a Dominican HVA high-priming wrapper, with Nicaraguan and Dominican tobacco used for the binder and filler. Bellody is releasing it in four sizes: a 6 x 50 toro with an MSRP of $8.60; a 5 1/2 x 43 corona, also known as Pita, at $7.90; a 5 x 52 robusto priced at $8.25 and a 6 x 60 gordo at around $9.30. Each size will come in 20-count boxes.

Bellody is still planning on launching the cigars in the northeastern United States, with to-be-announced events in the New York and New England area, but has noted that he won’t turn down orders from retailers in other parts of the country.

Prior to launching MLB Cigar Ventures, Bellody was best known for being the co-owner and president of Tiant Cigar Group LLC.

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Patrick Lagreid

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