For the past few years, Viaje has shipped cigars to retailers right before the IPCPR Convention & Trade Show began, or just after. As such, there wasn’t anything for sale at the booth and many retailers simply chose to skip or limit their time at the Viaje booth. That upset Andre Farkas and last year he made it known that the practice of not having new product for sale at the trade show would come to an end.
The solution, or at least part of it, will be the Viaje Skull and Bones Ten Ton Tess.
A few weeks ago, Viaje’s Facebook page posted a picture of a Skull and Bones logo with the message, “IPCPR 2015……BE WARNED!” Now, there’s a cigar to go along with the message. According to Cigar Insider, it measures 6 x 54 and is made at the PDR Cigars using a Mexican San Andrés wrapper, Dominican binder and fillers from Brazil, the Dominican Republic and the United States. It will be offered in jars of 19 with a suggested price of $14.47. There will be 500 black and 500 white jars of Ten Ton Tess, along with a special gold on black version, but the cigar is said to be different.
As it has often done with Skull and Bones releases, that company is refusing to disclose the blend. Only 100 will be produced and no suggested pricing is listed, although because retailers largely use the same model for determining price, an effective MSRP should be fairly easy to figure out once the cigars go on sale.
A spokesperson for Viaje responded to an email, but provided no useful information for this story.
This is the 24th and 25th versions of the Skull and Bones series.