Pichardo Clasico Natural Coming in March


The Pichardo Clasico line will soon be getting its third cigar, as the company has announced the upcoming release of the Pichardo Clasico Natural.


The cigar is a 6 1/2 x 50 toro that uses an Ecuadorian sungrown habano wrapper over a Nicaraguan binder and filler. Luciano Meirelles, co-founder of ACE Prime and Tabacalera Pichardo, told halfwheel that the cigar is a completely distinct blend from the other two Picardo Clasico releases, not simply a new wrapper on an existing binder and filler.

“The Pichardo Clasico Natural is the fruit of a master craftsman – producing a medium cigar full of flavor, smooth, and perfectly balanced. The amazing result is not a surprise for us,” Meirelles said in a press release. “Pichardo is a fourth-generation tobacconist: heir to more than a century and a half of knowledge in the world of tobacco”.

It joins the original Pichardo Clasico, which was part of the company’s debut portfolio when it launched in the summer of 2019 and uses an Ecuadorian Sumatra wrapper over a Nicaraguan binder and Nicaraguan fillers, and the Pichardo Clasico Maduro, which was released in August 2020 and uses a a Brazilian Arapiraca wrapper over a Nicaraguan binder and Nicaraguan fillers. Both of those blends are offered in 6 1/2 x 50 toros as well. To visually differentiate the cigars, the Pichardo Clasico Natural has a steel grey band.

“It was a difficult journey, but we knew this cigar needed to be very special to complete the trilogy of the Clasico line,” added Eradio Pichardo, co-founder of ACE Prime and Tabacalera Pichardo.

The Pichardo Clasico Natural has an MSRP of $9 and is offered in 20-count boxes. It is produced at Tabacalera Pichardo in Estelí, Nicaragua and is slated to begin shipping to retailers in March. ACE Prime’s portfolio is distributed by Crowned Heads in the United States.

Image courtesy of ACE Prime.

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