This will be the second year in a row CLE Cigar Co. will do an early release cigar for TAA members. Last year CLE released the Asylum Nyctophilia line as a TAA exclusive for one year to TAA members.

Christian Eiroa was taking orders personally for the TAA release last week a the TAA annual meeting in Puerto Vallerta, Mexico. The name of the new release is the Azabache. IT is a limited edition line using Mexican Maduro wrapper, Honduran binders and fillers from Honduras, Nicaragua and Peru.

CLE Azabache cigars TAA Exclusive Series early release

The CLE Azabache will be released in three sizes 5×50, 6×54 and 6×60. The suggested retail price is $7-$9. The cigars will ship in boxes of 25. Christian said if demand remains strong he will be able to continue to make these cigars after the initial run. Production estimates are 320 boxes per sizes according to Christian. The Azabache will be a box press medium to full body cigar. The goal is to make it very creamy Christian said.

“Azabache – is a black coal or black onyx,” said Christian Eiroa at the TAA meeting. Latinos carry it to fend off evil as a good luck charm. People carry these around.

CLE Azabache will be produced at Julio Eiroa’s Aladina factory in Danli, Honduras.

CLE Prieto TAA Exclusive Series Early release

At TAA 2016 Christian Eiroa also showed off the new CLE Chele (blond) and the CLE Prieto (dark). They are both box press in shape. Tom Lazuka was also on hand at TAA featuring the new Asylum 13 Connecticut line and also the Asylum toro sizes added to his portfolio.

The TAA (Tobacconist Association of America) consists of 80 members representing 200-300 of the top retail premium cigar shops in the US. Many Manufacturers are now making cigars as part of the TAA exclusive series including for 2015:


  • Por Larranaga 2015 Limited Edition
  • Ashton VSG Robusto Especial TAA Exclusive
  • Asylum Nyctophilia – 3 sizes (now available to all retailers)
  • Crowned Heads The Angel’s Anvil MMXV
  • Drew Estate Acid Big Bang TAA Exclusive
  • LFD 2015 47th Limited Edition
  • My Father Limited Edition 2015
  • Nat Sherman Panamericana TAA Exclusive
  • Padron 1926 #47 Limited Edition
  • Padron 1964 Toro TAA Exclusive
  • Rocky Patel 15th Anniversary TAA Exclusive Robusto Grande
  • Casa Magna Limited Edition 2015
  • Tatuaje Exclusive Series 2015

Find a TAA retail member location to purchase TAA Exclusive Series cigars HERE

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