This week My Father Cigars will begin shipping its newest line, the Don Pepin – Vintage Edition, to retail members of the Tobacconists’ Association of America (TAA).

The new line made its debut at the TAA’s annual meeting and trade show in March, and draws its visual inspiration from the earliest known bands to ever grace a Don Pepin Garcia cigar.

As for the blend, it is a Nicaraguan puro that uses a corojo 99 wrapper leaf. The line is being offered in three sizes, each coming in 10-count boxes.

  • Don Pepin – Vintage Edition Robusto (5 x 54) — $13.50 (Box of 10, $135)
  • Don Pepin – Vintage Edition Toro (6 x 52) — $14 (Box of 10, $140)
  • Don Pepin – Vintage Edition Toro Gordo (6 x 60) — $14.50 (Box of 10, $145)

The Don Pepin – Vintage Edition line celebrates 20 years of the Don Pepin Garcia brands, which includes the well-known blue-banded line as well as the black-banded Cuban Classic and the white-banded Serie JJ. My Father Cigars has previously celebrated both the 10th and 15th anniversaries of the Don Pepin Garcia line by way of limited edition releases.

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.

Janny Garcia, vice-president of My Father Cigars, told halfwheel that the initial production is completely sold out, but that the company has plans to release the line on a more widespread basis in the future.

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