There wasn’t a ton of fanfare for the release of Dion Giolito’s latest cigar, La Grand Classe, when it came out in late November. A Tweet from FUMARE was sent out the morning it became available, and as of this writing it has yet to be mentioned on the Illusione Twitter account since being released on November 27. The cigar is a store exclusive for FUMARE, the store that Giolito owns in Reno, NV.
The project has been mentioned on the FUMARE website since at least November 2011, and seemed to be slated for release in July 2012 before being pushed back to November. Giolito had kept details about La Grand Classe to an absolute minimum prior to its release, including how it would be distributed and reasons for its delay. He did hand out unbanded cigars at Charmed Leaf’s August 2012 boutique cigar party during the IPCPR convention and trade show, hinting that they could be possible prototypes.