July 23, 2012 — Matt Urbano just made it simpler and easier for undecided smokers to choose which of his Urbano boxed boutique cigars fits their palate.  The company founder and president has just unveiled a broad selection of sampler packs of each of the three different blends.

Urbano, when asked what his favorite cigar is, quips, “The next one!”  In actuality, this is true for most cigar lovers, who search endlessly for the ultimate cigar experience.  “I also recognize,” he continues, “that being a young company, smokers aren’t sure which of our top-rated cigar selections suits them.  For a small investment they can explore all three wrapper blends … our mild but surprisingly full-flavored Connecticut, our fragrant medium-bodied Sumatra, and our spicy full-bodied Corojo.  The Corojo is a true puro, containing only Dominican-grown Cuban tobaccos.”

All three Urbano cigars are hand-made from 100% long-filler leaf.  Their first-generation Cuban seed inventory ensures strain purity and authenticity.  Leaf-processing and manufacturing standards include triple fermenting the tobaccos, which eliminates the bitterness smokers encounter in the final third of other premium cigars.  The tobaccos in the Sumatra and Connecticut selections are aged for two years, while those in the Corojo are aged a full three years.  All Urbano boutique cigars are entubado-bunched, preventing smokers’ two main complaints … off-center burns and hard draws.  This requires rolling each filler leaf separately into a tube shape, to provide an even, unimpeded smoke stream down the full length of the cigar.  All finished cigars rest nude for another ninety days before being banded, cellophane sheathed, and packaged in sturdy cedar boxes.

Urbano is featuring two samplers … the first has one each of the three wrapper variations; the other sampler has two each.  They are available in three shapes (Robusto, Torpedo and Churchill).  MSRPs for the two samplers are $17-19 and 34-$36 respectively.  Other samplers are also offered, with three, six and ten cigars, all in the same shape and wrapper.  The cigars are banded, individually cello-tubed, and Zip-loc® bagged.  All samplers will be available this August, at tobacco retailers nationwide.  Smokers who have no Urbano retailer in their ZIP code can obtain the samplers direct from Urbano’s Web site, www.UrbanoCigars.com.




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Patrick Lagreid

I strive to capture the essence of a cigar and the people behind them in my work – every cigar you light up is the culmination of the work of countless people and often represents generations of struggle and stories. For me, it’s about so much more than the cigar – it’s about the story behind it, the experience of enjoying the work of artisans and the way that a good cigar can bring people together. In addition to my work with halfwheel, I’m the public address announcer for the Colorado Rockies and Arizona Diamondbacks during spring training, as well as for the Salt River Rafters of the Arizona Fall League, the WNBA's Phoenix Mercury and previously the Arizona Rattlers of the Indoor Football League. I also work in a number of roles for Major League Baseball, plus I'm a voice over artist. Prior to joining halfwheel, I covered the Phoenix and national cigar scene for Examiner.com, and was an editor for Cigar Snob magazine.