Cigar news you can use: Different strokes

Alec Bradley Cigar Company has announced the upcoming release of four Regional Exclusives. The Paper Tiger, Fashionably Late, Highway Child and Corinthian Leather were created by–and will be exclusively available through–Alec Bradley’s territory managers Jonathan Walsh, Christopher Carey, Steve Tucker and Ryan Ponist.This project first began back in January 2019 when Alec Bradley closed its office and took its entire U.S. staff to Central America to experience the cigar making process first hand. Inspired by what they experienced, four territory managers approached Alec Bradley’s management about the possibility of creating their own blends. Alan Rubin, founder of Alec Bradley Cigar Company, approved of the idea and put his son, Alec Rubin, and the company’s vice president, Ralph Montero, in charge of the project.Under their guidance, the territory managers created medium-bodied blends that represented the tastes of the regions their manage for Alec Bradley Cigar Company. All of the cigars are 6 x 52 Toros and are presented in trays of four 5-count packs. MSRP on all are set at $8 per cigar before taxes. Only 250 trays (5,000 cigars) of each cigar were created. Paper Tiger, Fashionably Late and Highway Child were all produced at J. Fuego Cigars’ factory in Nicaragua. Corinthian Leather was produced at Raices Cubanas.

Alec Bradley Announce Four Regional Exclusives

Due to disruptions brought on by COVID-19, the original release plan for these cigars was put off. The cigars will be released into their respective territories as they become available. Here’s a breakdown of each territory manager that took part in this project and their respective blend:

Jonathan Walsh – Territory: Metro NYC, NJ, Eastern PA
Paper Tiger is a term for those that “talk the talk, but don’t walk the walk”. Conversely, the “do what you say and say what you do” attitude was instilled upon Jonathan at a young age by his father. Jonathan’s goal is for enthusiasts to relax with Paper Tiger and block out all the noise. Paper Tiger features a Brazilian wrapper, Mexican binder, with fillers from Pennsylvania and Nicaragua.

Christopher Carey- Territory: SC, GA, AL, MS, Eastern AR, KY, TN
Always the dapper gentlemen, Christopher Carey makes a splash every time he enters the room. According to Christopher, the goal for Fashionably Late was to make well balanced cigar to pair with morning coffee or a great evening whiskey. Fashionably Late features a Brazilian wrapper, Mexican binder and all Nicaraguan fillers.

Steve Tucker- Territory: WI, MN, MI, Northern IL, Northern IN
Steve Tucker loves the road life and his passion for cigars is what fuels him. Inspired by a song of a similar name, Highway Child is the perfect cigar for long drives according to Steve. Highway Child features a Brazilian wrapper, Nicaraguan binder and all Nicaraguan fillers.

Ryan Ponist – Territory: Western PA, WV, OH, Southern IN
Corinthian Leather is a specific homage to Ryan Ponist’s evolution in the cigar industry. According to Ryan, the name is also fitting since it is a term synonymous with his territory’s auto industry history. Corinthian Leather features a Honduran wrapper, double binder Honduran/Nicaraguan and fillers from Honduras and Nicaragua.

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