Written by Puff Staff

Monday, 30 May 2011

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newrel5.30 The cigar industry has been busy lately when it comes to new releases, so today's update is dedicated to just that. We have a two new releases to discuss from Alec Bradley and CAO, as well as some impressive price breaks on the Macanudo 1968.

New release: Alec Bradley Family Blend GS57


Alec Bradley has a new addition to its portfolio, and it's sure to attract smokers who enjoy cigars with large ring gauges. Dubbed the GS57, the new release is an addition to the pre-existing Family Blend line. It measures 6 x 60, so if you are prefer petite cigars, this is not the stick for you.

The Family Blend line was originally released in 2009. The Family Blend moniker was chosen as the line was created as a tribute to the father's of three of the company's principal executives: President Alan Rubin, Vice President Ralph Montero, and National Sales Director George Sosa. The signatures of the executives' fathers, David Rubin, Miguel Montero, and Reinaldo Sosa, were included on the Family Blend's original boxes of 50 cigars.

The Family Blend was first offered in just a 5 1/2 x 50 size. With the addition of the large GS57, the Family Blend now comes in six different sizes. The cigar features a filler blend of Honduran and Nicaraguan tobaccos, an Indonesian binder, and a Honduran Trojes wrapper. A Cuban pigtail cap adds a finishing touch. The Family Blend is described as being medium-bodied yet full-flavored and is said to have a smooth and creamy profile. Each GS57 is handmade at the Raices Cubanas factory in Honduras.

The release of the 6 x 60 GS57 is not Alec Bradley's first venture into the arena of thickness. The company previously released its Maxx and Maxx Connecticut selections, and both were a hit. Alan Rubin, Alec Bradley's President, had this to say about the GS57 in the official press release: "We know there is a market for 6 x 60, but production and scheduling will only allow us to make 1,000 boxes for the first issue of the GS57 for this year.”

The GS57 carries a suggested retail price of $7.50 per single and comes packaged in boxes of 20. As you can tell from Rubin's quote in the press release, this edition of the Family Blend is quite limited, so go out there and get your hands on it while you can. If it's anything like some of its highly rated predecessors in the Family Blend line, the GS57 should be a very enjoyable cigar.

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