A new limited edition size of Serino’s Taíno line has been released to CigarClub.com, an online retailer and cigar subscription service. While the limited allotment for the public has already been claimed, more might be on the way.

Called the Taíno The 44, the cigar is a 5 1/2 x 44 corona that uses the same vintage of tobaccos from the original release of the Taíno in late 2018. That means an Ecuadorian habano medio wrapper over a binder and filler from Nicaragua. The cigars are produced at La Corona S.A. in Estelí, Nicaragua.

A total of 3,500 cigars were produced, with 100 boxes of five cigars created for retail customers and the rest allocated for the club’s members in their monthly packs. According to Dave Imber, vice president of CigarClub.com, the retail allocation was sold out in just about three hours. It was priced at $45 per box of five cigars, making it $9 per cigar.

“Carson and I have developed a friendship over the past year with a shared love of cigars, design & music,” Imber told halfwheel. He said that The 44 was birthed out of many conversations and discussions around perfect cigar sizes.

“It’s truly a privilege of mine to get to work with brands like Serino and people like Carson everyday who help enhance the experience of our CigarClub family. This is the start of many great things to come from Serino and CigarClub,” Imber said.

“Working with the CigarClub family over the past year has been a great experience,” said Carson Serino, vice president of Serino Cigar Co. He noted that the two companies share a kindred passion for design, branding and fine aged tobacco. “The CigarClub.com partnership has allowed me to focus on new small batch projects and testing vitola extensions with engaged cigar enthusiasts. I’m really proud of The 44. The Taino blend really shines in this vitola showcasing a balance of sweetness, complexity, and strength.”

Serino released the Taíno at the end of 2018 in three sizes:

In regards to additional availability for the Taíno The 44, Carson Serino said that he has enough tobacco from that vintage to do one more run of about 3000-3500 cigars. “Due to the overwhelming response from the CigarClub.com members we plan on producing them and making them available to Serino retailers,” he said.

Images courtesy of CigarClub.com.

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