One of the flagship releases from Altadis U.S.A. is heading to stores nationwide this week.

The company is shipping the Montecristo Pilotico Pepe Mendez this week. Formally, it debuted at the IPCPR Convention & Trade Show in July and shipped to select stores shortly thereafter to meet the Aug. 8 deadline for pre-approval set by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration.

As for the cigar, it uses an Ecuadorian Sumatra wrapper, a Dominican binder and filler tobaccos from the Dominican Republic and Nicaragua. This includes the pilotico strand of tobacco, a Cuban-seed Dominican tobacco that the company used on the Montecristo 80th Anniversary last year.

It’s offered in three sizes: Robusto (5 x 50, $15.60), No. 2 (6 x 50, $16.60) and Toro (6 1/4 x 52. $17.60), all packed in 20-count boxes.

The Pepe Mendez part of the name comes from the farmer Jose “Pepe” Mendez, whose family grows and processes tobacco for Altadis U.S.A. in the Dominican Republic.

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