While it has been on the radar since being mentioned in July 2013, the 262 Paradigm Corona is finally coming to fruition. However, it will be a limited edition store exclusive for the first six months of its release.
Clint Aaron mentioned the new vitola on his Twitter feed on Tuesday afternoon with a rather casual post:
Paradigm corona? Sure, why not.
— Clint Aaron (@262Cigars) February 4, 2014
In an exclusive to halfwheel, Aaron said that the 262 Paradigm Corona is being released as a store exclusive for Burns Tobacconist East in Chattanooga, Tenn. It will be released as part of an in-store event on March 27, 2014, and the store will receive 100 ten-count boxes. The store will have an exclusive on the cigar for six months, after which time Aaron said he expects the corona to become a regular production cigar that will be available to all 262 retailers.
Pricing for the 262 Paradigm Corona is $6.99 per cigar and $69.99 per box, both before taxes.
Aaron first told halfwheel about the 262 Paradigm Corona alongside news that the company was discontinuing the Paradigm’s 4Sixty size, a 4 x 60 shape that didn’t take off as Aaron had hoped. The line has retained its other five vitolas, a 6 x 60, 6 x 54 box-pressed toro, 4 x 52 short robusto, 6 1/4 x 54 torpedo and a 7 x 38 lancero.
The 262 Paradigm line is made at the Plasencia factory in Danli, Honduras and uses a Brazilian Mata Fina wrapper, Honduran binder and filler from Nicaraguan tobacco from Estelí and Jalapa, along with a Cubito leaf, a Cuban seed tobacco from Colombia.
Also on Tuesday, 262 Cigars announced the forthcoming arrival of a new line that has long been referred to as the 262 Seasonal Blend, though its official name has not been released as of yet.