The Tobacconists Association of America (TAA) held its 2013 Annual Meeting in the Dominican Republic at Casa de Campo. The TAA is the premium cigar industry’s premiere trade association made of America’s top premium cigar retailers and manufacturer’s.
Tobacconists Association of America 2013 Show Recap
Saturday April 6th started off with a meeting of the TAA board where Julie Neumann of Cigars & More in Libertyville, Illinois was welcomed as the newest board member. The 2012 TAA Exclusive Series Cigars and Accessories were a huge success. They included:
• Padron 1964 Toro TAA Exclusive (ongoing)
• Tatuaje TAA Exclusive (will return in 2014)
• Ashton VSG Robusto Especial (ongoing)
• RyJ Magnum TAA Exclusivo (ongoing)
• Casa Antero TAA Exclusive (ongoing)
• Ocaso TAA Exclusive (ongoing)
• Jamie Garcia TAA Exclusive (ongoing)
• La Flor Dominicana TAA Air Bender Torpedo maduro (out of production)
2013 TAA Exclusive Series Cigar Additions
• Alec Bradley TAA Prensado Figurado $13.50 SRP
• La Flor Dominicana TAA Double Press Maduro $8.00 SRP 1 time release shipping in May
• AVO Movement $11.00 SRP first ever box press AVO shipping in October 2013
• Tatuaje 10th Anniversary – Limited edition 3rd size produced only for TAA, size TBA, $11.00 SRP shipping early september
• CyB Lancero TAA – Jose Blanco Created this as a new size in his CyB Blend made in the Joya de Nicaragua factory
Early Release TAA Offerings La Aurora 107 maduro and Kristoff 685 Woodlawn
A new benefit in 2013 for TAA member stores is early release offerings from the major cigar manufacturers. TAA stores will get the chance to bring in new blends before they are released at the annual IPCPR shop. The first two early release offerings are LA Aurora 107 maduro from Miami Cigar and the Kristoff 685 Woodlawn from Glenn Case. There are rumors of Perdomo also offering an early release but no confirmations yet.
The La Aurora 107 maduro from Miami Cigar will be available in four sizes 200 boxes per size from now until the IPCPR this summer in 21 count boxes.
The Kristoff 685 Woodlawn is a small batch production of only 2000 boxes. 1000 boxes are now available to TAA stores with the remaining 1000 to be released at the IPCPR this summer. The Woodlawn is a 6.5×50 double perfecto with a Brazilian natural Habano wrapper and is a medium to full body smoke.