As we approach the 87th Annual International Premium Cigar and Pipe Retailers (IPCPR) trade show this coming June, Southern Draw Cigars has announced they will be introducing a number of blends prior to the show.
The first to be announced, are two Southern Draw private blends for Cigars International (CI) – the Fraternal Order White and Fraternal Order Black. The Fraternal Order blends will be distributed exclusively through all CI retail locations, and will be available for purchase Friday, May 23rd in limited quantities.
Southern Draw Cigars founder, Robert Holt, noted in the company’s press release:
“Cigars International is a great partner for Southern Draw Cigars and these retail exclusive releases exemplify their dedication to our growing partnership with their retail stores, hard-working staff and loyal consumers.
Private label products are becoming increasingly popular among cigar smokers and allow Southern Draw Cigars to fulfill the high-demand retail consumers ‘needs and wants’ for new and innovative products outside of our regularly scheduled releases.
We offer a BIG thanks to the retail staff and managers for the months of blind tasting and their feedback that led to selecting the two blends we are offering today.”
The name “Fraternal Order” is a reference to a fraternity of brothers and sisters referencing military, first responders, college fraternities and other social, cultural organizations with charitable aims.
Fraternal Order White
The Fraternal Order White is a barber pole style cigar that has a blend described as:
- Wrapper – Ecuador & Nicaragua
- Binder – Nicaragua
- Filler – Nicaragua & Dominican Republic
The Fraternal Order White will be expressed in a single 6 x 52 Toro vitola. MSRP has been set at $9.75/Cigar and $79.99/Mazo
Fraternal Order Black
The Fraternal Order Black is a San Andres Maduro wrapped cigar with a blend described as:
- Wrapper – Mexico
- Binder – Ecuador
- Filler – Nicaragua & Honduras
The Fraternal Order Black will be expressed in a single 7 x 60 Gran Toro vitola. MSRP has been set at $10.25/Cigar and $84.99/Mazo
Both blends are hand crafted at the A.J. Fernandez, factory in
Esteli, Nicaragua. They will come packaged in 10-count dress mazos (bundles) with embossed stickers and matching bands. Production is limited to 2019 and will only be available through Cigars International’s retail locations including Bethlehem, Bethlehem (Downtown) and Hamburg, Pennsylvania and The Colony, Texas.
Jeff Kocher, VP of Merchandising for Cigars International noted
“Cigars International is proud to collaborate once again with Southern Draw Cigars on these two new exciting projects for CI Nation. Both Fraternal Order blends are crafted at AJ Fernandez’s factory and are must-tries for fans of Robert Holt’s previous releases. We believe they’ll be a great addition to the CI retail stores, and to the humidors of those who love complex, Nicaraguan blends.”
About Southern Draw Cigars
Owned and Operated by a family of Veterans. Southern Draw Cigars remains dedicated to producing unique blends of premium cigars, and providing the most consistent and sustainable products possible. Together with our incredible partners, we endeavor to be socially responsible and charitable to those in need in the United States and in tobacco growing and cigar producing countries alike, with a particular focus on Nicaragua where our cigars are hand made.