Rocky Patel may be one of the best-selling brands in the United States, but you won’t find its Grand Reserve cigar at any tobacconist stateside. The new smoke, which will begin shipping next month, has been designated an international exclusive, a first for the Florida-based cigar company.
Little is known about the blend of Grand Reserve, as Rocky Patel has decided not to divulge any specifics. But the company has confirmed that the cigar is produced at Rocky Patel’s Tabacalera Villa Cuba S.A. in Nicaragua, often referred to as Tavicusa. The tobaccos in the blend are also said to be aged two years.
Grand Reserve comes in three sizes—Robusto, measuring 5 1/2 inches by 50 ring gauge; Toro, 6 by 52; and Sixty, 6 by 60—and ships in boxes of 10. Each cigar will carry retail price between 9 euros and 11 euros, about $10.50 to $12.90.
Grand Reserve had a private launch in April at an event in Sölden, Austria. It will make its formal debut this weekend at the InterTabac trade show in Dortmund, Germany. The cigars are set to arrive first in Austria, Germany and the Netherlands, followed by a larger international release.