After purchasing the rights to the Cuba Aliados, Puros Indios, and Roly, Oliva Cigar Co. is bringing back the first of the trio of brands, the Cuba Aliados, with two lines.
The first line is called Cuba Aliados Original Blend and is a regular production line made by Julio Eiroa in Honduras. The line of Honduran puros comes in five size: Churchill (50 x 178mm – 7″), ReGordo (60 x 152mm – 6″), Robusto (50 x 127mm – 5″), Toro (52 x 152mm – 6″) and Torpedo (54 x 152mm – 6″). Prices range from $10 to $12, depending on the size.
The second line is made by another industry veteran, Ernesto Perez-Carrillo, and is a limited-release line called Cuba Aliados by Ernesto Perez-Carrillo. It comes in the same five sizes, with the prices ranging from $14 to $15.50 per cigar. The blend consists of an Ecuadorian Sumatra wrapper over a Nicaraguan binder and filler tobaccos from the Dominican Republic and Nicaragua. Production is limited to 15,000 boxes worldwide.
“We are incredibly indebted to all Cubans who were so brave in leaving their home country to follow their dreams and passions in keeping the heritage of cigar-making a life outside of Cuba. This project is to honor all of the sacrifices they’ve made. It also symbolizes the united front and alliances we need to make as cigar companies to stand together in light of new regulations. To be able to bring this iconic brand back to life and include both Julio and Ernesto, especially with their strong ties to Rolando, is very special. We made sure to take every step possible to pay homage to its storied past,” said Fred Vanermarliere, owner of Oliva Cigar Co., in a press release.
Both lines are sold in twenty-count boxes and are scheduled to ship after the PCA tradeshow.