Typically a medium-plus-sized booth, CLE Cigar Co. stood out as one of the larger setups for the PCA 2021 trade show. As per usual, the booth housed sub-brands CLE Cigars, Eiroa Cigars, Asylum Cigars, and Wynwood Hills.
Both Eiroa and Asylum were among a handful of brands to showcase an exclusive cigar for retailers that attended the trade show. The cigars shared similar titles and packaging, dubbed Eiroa PCA Exclusive 2021 and Asylum PCA Exclusive 2021, respectively. Differing from most other PCA-exclusive cigars for 2021, these cigars will be available to retailers that attended the trade show throughout the year, allowing them to reorder if needed.
Eiroa PCA Exclusive 2021 is a medium-bodied blend, making use of a unique, Honduran-grown Cameroon wrapper (similar to what was seen on JRE’s 2020 release of the Aladino Cameroon). Company owner, Christian Eiroa, dubs this leaf “Cameroon de Jamastran,” a leaf that had previously not been seen on a CLE/Eiroa cigar. This wrapper is joined by a Mexican binder and fillers of Honduras and the Dominican Republic, with the cigar being crafted out of the Eiroa family’s El Aladino factory in Honduras. There will be three sizes available, priced from $16 to $18 per cigar. As a finishing touch, the cigars’ boxes feature a removable, wooden lid that doubles as an ash tray, with the boxes arriving in silk bags.
The Asylum PCA Exclusive 2021 is similar in look, boasting the ash tray lids and silk-bag packaging. This cigar uses a special hybrid Habano wrapper, developed by Christian Eiroa’s father, Julio Eiroa, at his fields in Honduras. The wrapper is joined by a Honduran binder and fillers of Honduras and the Dominican Republic, amounting to what is described as Asylum’s fullest-bodied blend to date. The blend is rolled at the same El Aladino factory in Honduras, is available in the same three sizes as the Eiroa PCA Exclusive, and priced in the same $16 to $18 range.
Finally, there is the CLE Signature THT-EKE 03/17 cigar. Like the Eiroa PCA Exclusive 2021, the cigar uses the “Cameroon de Jamastran” wrapper. Outside of this leaf, the remainder of the blend is undisclosed. The cigars are packaged in boxes of 25 cigars, with four sizes available, one of which (11/18 figurado) being an exclusive for retailers that are members of the TAA. The cigars began shipping one week ago, priced from $16 to $18 per cigar.