A new robusto size of My Father Cigars’ The Judge line is on its way to members of the Tobacconists’ Association of America (TAA), as the company began shipping its most recent contribution to the group’s Exclusive Series Program.

Like the other sizes in the line, it uses an Ecuadorian Sumatra wrapper over Nicaraguan corojo and criollo binders and Nicaraguan fillers. It is a limited edition however, with 1,500 boxes of 23 cigars being produced, meaning a total of just 34,500 sticks that come wearing a gold ribbon foot band that reads TAA. Pricing is set at $11 per cigar.

There are now five sizes in The Judge line, with the TAA exclusive the second to be added this year, joining the The Judge Corona Gorda, which measure 5 5/8 x 46 and is priced at $11.

  • My Father The Judge 5 x 60
  • My Father The Judge 6 x 56
  • My Father The Judge Toro Fino (6 x 52)
  • My Father The Judge Corona Gorda (5 5/8 x 46)
  • My Father The Judge TAA Exclusive 2020 (5 1/4 x 52)

The Judge line debuted in November 2016.

This year, there a total of 14 companies have released new cigars, either new blends or sizes in existing lines, for the Tobacconists’ Association of America Exclusive Series:

The TAA is a fairly small group of some of the country’s top tobacconists, about 80 retailers as well as 40 or so manufacturers. The association gathers annually to discuss issues facing the industry and retailers, as well as to have its annual trade show, a unique event that works on a group buying format in order to secure exclusive deals for these generally high-volume merchants. However, this year’s meeting was cancelled and moved to an online format due to the coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic.

Another cigar made at the My Father Cigars S.A. factory, the Tatuaje TAA 2020, is slated to begin shipping on Monday.

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Patrick Lagreid

I strive to capture the essence of a cigar and the people behind them in my work – every cigar you light up is the culmination of the work of countless people and often represents generations of struggle and stories. For me, it’s about so much more than the cigar – it’s about the story behind it, the experience of enjoying the work of artisans and the way that a good cigar can bring people together. In addition to my work with halfwheel, I’m the public address announcer for the Colorado Rockies and Arizona Diamondbacks during spring training, as well as for the Salt River Rafters of the Arizona Fall League, the WNBA's Phoenix Mercury and previously the Arizona Rattlers of the Indoor Football League. I also work in a number of roles for Major League Baseball, plus I'm a voice over artist. Prior to joining halfwheel, I covered the Phoenix and national cigar scene for Examiner.com, and was an editor for Cigar Snob magazine.