Ponce Cigar Co. has announced plans to have its second release, the Ponce Sumatra, on store shelves before the end of May.

The blend uses an Ecuadorian Sumatra wrapper, a corojo binder that is also grown in Ecuador, and a filler containing Dominican negrito piloto cubano, Dominican olor viso, and a Nicaraguan HVA hybrid grown in Condega. The company says the blend’s profile is between mild-plus and medium.

It will be offered in three sizes:

  • Ponce Sumatra Robusto (4 7/8 x 50) — $11.50 (Box of 11, $126.50)
  • Ponce Sumatra Corona Largo (6 1/4 x 46) — $11.75 (Box of 11, $129.25)
  • Ponce Sumatra Toro Corto (5 1/2 x 54) — $12 (Box of 11, $132)

The company will begin shipping the cigars in bundles first, which are scheduled to be ready in late May, with a boxed version set for late July. The cigars are made at MJ Frias Cigar SRL in Tamboril, Dominican Republic.

Additionally, the company announced that it has added distribution in Turks & Caicos, with the first shipment to the country heading out yesterday.

Ponce Cigar Co. was launched in March 2021 with the Ponce San Andrés, and is the creation of Frank Vazquez, who spent six years working for Corona Cigar Co., a retailer with locations in Orlando and Tampa.

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