A.C.E. Prime debuted in 2019 as one of the most talked-about booths for the IPCPR trade show. The company combines the talents of the Tabacalera Pichardo factory and distribution company, A.C.E. Prime.

Tabacalera Pichardo was founded by third-generation tobacco agriculturist Don Eradio Pichardo and is managed with the help of tobacconist and sommelier Luciano Meirelles. The factory is based in Estelí, Nicaragua and has stayed under the radar until this year, producing contracted blends for companies such as Crowned Heads.

A.C.E. Prime is a cigar distribution company formed by the partnership of NBA champion Tiago Splitter, Luciano Meirelles, cigar aficionado Billy McCaffrey, and Luis “Luisíto” Carbonell (aka The Cuban Legend).

The company is debiting with four unique brands: Cuban Experience, Luciano “The Traveler,” M.X.S., and Pichardo.

Dominique Wilkins

Former NBA All-Star, Dominique Wilkins, discusses his involvement with A.C.E. Prime—a new player in the premium cigar space at the IPCPR 2019 trade show.

Tiago Splitter

Speaking with Tiago Splitter, former NBA champion, regarding his involvement with A.C.E. Prime, which made its debut at this year’s IPCPR trade show in Las Vegas.

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  • Cigar of the month club
  • Davidoff black label cigars
  • Aganorsa Leaf Cigars
  • Neptune Cigars
  • Joya de Nicaragua cigars
  • JR Cigars Online cigar store

Luciano Meirelles

Luciano Meirelles, co-founder of A.C.E. Prime, talks about his involvement with one of the most talked-about companies coming out of the 2019 IPCPR trade show.

A.C.E. Prime Pichardo Reserva cigars IPCPR 2019


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  • Perla Del Mar cigar giveaway
  • Casa Cuevas Cigars

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