C.L.E. Cigar Co. will once again be releasing an exclusive cigar for the Tobacconists’ Association of America (TAA), a select group of retailers which pride themselves on superior service in the tobacco industry. Each year, a growing number of manufacturers have offered unique blends and/or sizes for TAA tobacconists.

In 2015, C.L.E. introduced the Nyctophilia under their Asylum sub-brand as a TAA exclusive. And for 2016 they will be showcasing a blend under the C.L.E. branding—titled C.L.E. Azabache.

Last year we released the Asylum Nyctophilia at TAA. This year we decided to showcase a cigar under the C.L.E. portfolio. I can’t wait to get there and show our friends and customers what I have been working on this year.Christian Eiroa, founder of C.L.E. Cigar Company

The concept draws inspiration from a form of coal known as Azabache, which translates to “jet black”, which is used in Cuban jewelry. As can be expected, it will feature dark packaging and an equally dark Mexican maduro wrapper.



This medium to full body Maduro cigar is delightfully creamy and will be available only to TAA members.

The cigars will be limited to 320 boxes of 25 per size and are expected to debut following the TAA convention in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico in early March.

C.L.E. Azabache TAA Breakdown

  • Wrapper: Mexican Maduro
  • Binder: Honduran
  • Filler: Honduran | Nicaraguan |Peruvian
  • Factory: Aladino Cigar Factory (Honduras)
  • Production: Limited edition (320 boxes of 25 cigars per size)
  • Vitolas: 5″ x 50 | 6″ x 54 | 6″ x 60
  • Price: $7.00 – $9.00 MSRP

C.L.E. will also feature some other new products to the Asylum and C.L.E. brands during TAA this year; the new Asylum 13 Connecticut as well as new Asylum 13 Toro sizes will be added to the Asylum portfolio. Also, the rebranding of C.L.E. Cigars and Eiroa Cigars will be revealed and debut of the C.L.E. Prieto cigars and C.L.E. Chele cigars.

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