Date: June 2019
Author: Inspector Z

Alec & Bradley Rubin create a new cigar line, the gatekeeper. And this time, they don’t do it with the help of their father Alan. But with cigar industry legend Ernesto Perez-Carrillo. Perez-Carrillo will also be responsible for the production at his La Alianza factory on the Dominican Republic.

Last year, Alec & Bradley Rubin released the Blind Faith. That was the first release of the Rubin brothers. And because everybody at Alec Bradley Cigars trusted they would do a good job, the cigars were called Blind Faith. The cigar was released as a limited edition. But the new line, Gatekeeper, will be a regular production cigar.

Ministry of Cigars Alec & Bradley Rubin create new cigar
Alec & Bradley Rubin (photo credit:

If you look closely at the Blind Faith, you will see it’s not Alec Bradley but Alec & Bradley. That gives the brothers freedom to experiment and still be part of the Alec Bradley family. Having cigars made in the Dominican Republic is something Alec Bradley hasn’t done in a long time. Most of the cigars from Alec Bradley come from Raices Cubanas in Honduras. Although some lines are made in Nicaragua. Either at J. Fuego or Plasencia. Working with Ernesto Perez-Carrillo is new for the company.

Working with E.P. Carrillo

Bradley Rubin stated that working with a legend as Ernesto Perez-Carrillo is teaching them a lot. And as part of the next generation of the cigar industry, it’s important to learn all the ins and outs of the trade. 

The new line is called the Gatekeeper. It will be released in four different sizes. Those are a 5⅛x42 Corona, 5×50 Robusto, 6×52 Toro, and 6×60 Gordo. We reached out to Alec Bradley Cigars for information on an international release date.

This is not the first high profile collaboration for E.P. Carrillo. In the last few years, he collaborated with several brands. Those include Viaje, Crowned Heads, and Royal Agio. For the last company, he produces the Balmoral Dueto.

According to a spokesperson of Alec Bradley confirmed to us that the Gatekeeper is a global release. Alec Bradley’s international distributors can order the cigars after the IPCPR trade show.

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