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EPC Teases New Size in Pledge Line

Jul 9, 2021 | By Gregory Mottola
EPC Teases New Size in Pledge Line
Photo/EPC Cigar Co.

EPC Cigar Co., makers of 2020’s Cigar of the Year, will be adding a thick third size called Apogee to its Pledge brand, and it's being previewed at the PCA trade show in Las Vegas.

The robusto-sized Prequel was named Cigar Aficionado’s Cigar of the Year for 2020, the industry’s highest accolade. Now, brand owner Ernesto Perez-Carrillo wants to scale it up to a much larger format. At 6 1/4 inches long by 58 ring gauge, Apogee is the largest size in the small Pledge line.

“With Apogee, the challenge was how to get the same strength and taste profile as the Prequel,” Perez-Carrillo says. “I tried the blend using different percentages of ligeros in a 60 ring gauge but was not getting the strength complexities I was looking for.”

Perez-Carrillo added that this cigar should satisfy the craving for bigger ring gauges.

Like the Prequel, the Pledge Apogee is made in the Dominican Republic at Perez-Carrillo’s La Alianza factory. The blend consists of Nicaraguan filler and an Ecuadoran binder all brought together by a Cuban-seed wrapper from Connecticut. Apogee is set to retail for $15 a cigar and comes in 10-count boxes, of which, only 3,000 will be produced. They won’t ship until October, however, retailers at the PCA trade show are getting the first opportunity to order the cigar.

This story now reveals the cigar's previously undisclosed dimensions.

Dominican Republic E.P. Carrillo EPC Cigar Co.

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