During last year’s PCA Convention & Trade Show, Plasencia 1865—the distribution company founded by the Plasencia family in 2016—decided to release a Honduran puro for the first time in its history. This year’s new release is a second size for a blend that debuted in late 2020.

You cannot miss the Plasencia booth if you tried: not only is the total amount of space at least double to compared to last year but there are new walls around the exterior, new signs, new displays and a number of new sitting areas.

The band is back, playing in the corner as well and Plasencia added a bar in the middle that served coffee in the morning before switching over to draft beer in the afternoon.

Plasencia Alma Fuerte Colorado Claro Eduardo I

This line is an offshoot of the company’s Alma Fuerte but uses a lighter wrapper that the company says has been aged for 10 years. This second vitola is named for Eduardo Plasencia, who was one of the first family members to grow tobacco after he moved from the Canary Islands to Cuba in 1865. It doesn’t get the hexagonal press of the 6 x 60 Gordo, but it does a regular box press. The company expects it to be in stores in the second half of September.

  • Wrapper: Nicaragua (Jalapa)
  • Binder: Nicaragua
  • Filler: Nicaragua
  • Plasencia Alma Fuerte Colorado Claro Eduardo I (6 1/4 x 54) — $20.60 (Box of 10, $206)

Release Date: September 2022

Production: Regular Production

Update (Sept. 8, 2022) — The original version of this article stated that Eduardo Plasencia left Cuba for the Canary Islands; he left the Canary Islands for Cuba.

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