After debuting at the 2022 PCA Convention & Trade Show as a limited edition, the Surrogates Big Ten is getting a new regular production vitola that is slated to make its debut at the 2023 PCA Convention & Trade Show and be released later this summer.

The new size is a 5 1/4 x 52 robusto, with a blend that uses an Ecuadorian habano rosado oscuro wrapper atop Nicaraguan binders and fillers. It is a follow-up to the Britanicas Extra vitola that the cigar debuted in, which is a 5 3/8 x 48 perfecto.

“We wanted to use the blend from last year’s anniversary Britanicas Extra size and after trying some others decided on a 5 1/4 x 52,” Pete Johnson of Tatuaje told halfwheel. He added that this new vitola uses a slightly lower priming of wrapper from the one used on the Britanicas Extra, which he said delivered a preferable flavor among the people who worked on the project.

While the Britanicas Extra was limited to 500 boxes of 20 cigars, this new size will be a regular production. It will also come in 20-count boxes, though pricing has not yet been finalized. For reference, the original Surrogates Big Ten was priced at $11 per cigar.

The Surrogates Big Ten, which celebrates the 10th anniversary of the Surrogates brand, is produced by My Father Cigars S.A. in Estelí, Nicaragua.

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