Roberto Duran Premium Cigars Debuting Several New Sizes at IPCPR

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The portfolio of Roberto Duran Premium Cigars is set to grow quite a bit at the 2015 IPCPR Convention and Trade Show, as the company has confirmed to halfwheel that it will be adding a number of new vitolas to its existing lines.

Headlining the new sizes is a limited edition, 7 1/4 x 57 Salomon hand rolled by Crisanto “Santo” Cárdenas, who joined the company in late May as its master blender. The cigar will come in five-count boxes with individual coffins and secondary bands bearing Cárdenas’ signature. They will have an MSRP of $25 per cigar and $125 per box. Only 600 boxes are being produced, for a total of 3,000 cigars.

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As reported last week, the Neya F8 Ligero Typhoon line is adding the 7 x 70 Big Jack ($8), but there are three more sizes being added to the more powerful version of the Neya line: the 5 x 52 Patriot (MSRP $6), 6 1/2 x 54 Loyalist ($6.25) and 5 x 58 Gringo ($6.50). The Neya line uses an Ecuadorian habano wrapper with Nicaraguan binder and filler, though the bigger ring gauges get the F8 moniker due to added strength.

The three-pronged Azan line is adding several new vitolas as well: the Azan Burgundy, which uses an Ecuadorian corojo wrapper over Nicaraguan binder and filler, is getting a 5 7/8 x 52 toro ($5). The Azan White, which has a Ecuadorian corojo wrapper over a Nicaraguan binder and filler from Nicaragua and Brazil, adds a 6 1/2 x 54 Toro de Luxe priced at $9 per stick. The Azan Maduro is adding two new sizes, a 6 1/2 x 56 Toro de Luxe ($11) and the 5 x 58 Supremo ($10.50). That blend features an Ecuadorian corojo maduro wrapper, Nicaraguan binder and filler from Estelí, Nicaragua and other undisclosed countries.

These new sizes are in addition to the several new packaging formats the company announced in late May, as well as the 4 3/8 x 46 Punticas that is being released in the company’s Signature line.

All of the new releases are being produced at the company’s NicaTobaco factory, and are expected to ship shortly after the trade show, which happens July 17-21 in New Orleans, La.

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