At the Tobacco Plus Expo (TPE) 2020 trade show, Matt Booth of Room101 Cigars announced that The Big Payback Maduro line is getting a new vitola with a familiar name but an updated size.

Booth calls the new size “an engorged Papi Chulo,” meaning it is bigger than the 4 x 42 size that bore the name in previous iterations. Booth didn’t disclose the specific size, though one of the few samples that made it to the show revealed it to be about 4 3/8 inches long and a 50 ring gauge. Unfortunately, the bulk of the samples along with some other shipments disappeared after being signed for at the hotel at which Booth is staying.

It will become the fourth cigar in The Big Payback Maduro line:

  • Room101 The Big Payback Maduro Robusto (5 1/4 x 50)
  • Room101 The Big Payback Maduro Toro (6 x 54)
  • Room101 The Big Payback Maduro Gordo (6 x 60)
  • Room101 The Big Payback Maduro Papi Chulo (TBA)

He noted that it will also be joining a revamped version of The Big Payback Connecticut line, which is scheduled to debut at the Premium Cigar Association (PCA) Convention & Trade Show this summer, as part of the plan to turn The Big Payback “into the three-headed dragon it was intended to be,” Booth said. As for pricing, he said it will maintain the value proposition of the line, likely right under the $6 mark, and should be arriving at retailers within three months.

More details are expected to be confirmed in the coming days.

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