Toraño has confirmed that they are working on a new addition to their Master by Carlos Toraño line called the Bowling Pin.

The new cigar was first seen on the company’s Facebook page as Felipe Sosa, the company’s master cigar roller, was pictured with the cigar after a round of golf:

Felipe Sosa trying out the Master Bowling Pin after a round of golf.

Jack Toraño, Marketing & Customer Relations Manager for the company, confirmed the details in an exclusive to halfwheel, saying that the company is working to have the cigar launched prior to the 2013 IPCPR trade show in July. The cigar measures five inches long with a ring gauge of around 48-50 at the top and over 60 at its fattest point. It will feature a flat, closed foot that will allow the cigar to stand on its own.

“It’s very hard to roll” said Toraño, adding that the company has “a very talented roller from Cuba” working on the project in Nicaragua. The blend is the same as the rest of the Master by Carlos Toraño line, using an Ecuadoran Habano wrapper, binder from Estelí, Nicaragua and filler from the Estelí and Jalapa regions of Nicaragua.

The company is still working on the packaging for the Toraño Master Bowling Pin, which is why they are not able to put a release date and price to the project. Toraño said they are looking at either 16 or 20-count boxes, though a 10-count box that would play into the bowling theme “is an outside shot.” The plan is to have the packaging designed and created to allow for the cigar to be ordered prior to the IPCPR trade show in mid-July. However, Toraño noted, it would be available by the trade show at the latest.

Toraño said there will be 250 boxes of the Master Bowling Pin, making it a very limited release, though he wouldn’t rule out the possibility of more being made if the cigar is well-received.

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