Ashton Distributors Inc. debuted a limited-edition extension to the San Cristobal line at the International Premium Cigar and Pipe Retailers trade show called San Cristobal Ovation. The cigar will launch in a single 6 1/2 inch by 52 ring gauge vitola and features a San Andrés Oscuro wrapper around a Nicaraguan binder and filler tobaccos.
Fans of the San Cristobal line, however, will have to wait a few more months before the cigar hits store shelves. Ovation is slated for release much later in the year:
"We expect to ship Ovation in late fall," Chip Goldeen, vice president of sales at Ashton Distributors, said in a conversation with Cigar Aficionado.
The company says the wrapper has been subjected to an intensive two-and-a-half-year, double fermentation process, and the inner tobaccos were harvested exclusively from the farms of the Garcia family. Ovation, like all of Ashton's San Cristobal cigars, is made at the Garcia's My Father Cigars factory in Estelí, Nicaragua.
The San Cristobal brand launched in 2007 and currently has three regular-production lines: San Cristobal, San Cristobal Elegancia and San Cristobal Revelation.
The limited-edition San Cristobal Ovation is priced at $15.00 per cigar, and will ship in boxes of 22. Only 3,000 boxes will be produced.