Date: July 2021
Author: Inspector Z

El Artista is introducing two new cigars at the PCA Convention & Trade show next week in Las Vegas. A new cigar in collaboration with former baseball legend David Ortiz plus a new blend in the popular Buffalo TEN series. 

The Slugger

El Artista and the Dominican baseball star collaborate on two cigars. Big Papa and The Slugger. The Slugger is a Gordo XL, a 7×60 cigar that came out in 2019. David’s brand continues to grow,” states Radhames ‘Ram’ Rodriguez, President of El Artista Cigars, “and since The Slugger’s launch two years ago we have had requests to bring out a new size to complement the existing Gordo XL”. 

So El Artista and Ortiz will now release The Slugger Robusto. A 5×50 version of The Slugger with the same blend. A Mexican San Andres Maduro wrapper with a Dominican Negrito binder. The filler comes from the Dominican Republic, Nicaragua, and the United States. Due to the use of several ligero tobaccos, The Slugger is stronger than the Big Papi series.

“We have hosted many dozens of events with Big Papi since 2018 and gathered a lot of feedback from fans and retailers about The Slugger.” Says Kevin Newman Director of Sales & Marketing for El Artista Cigars, “There were many requests over the last 24 months for a Robusto, and this year we happy to bring it to PCA ‘21”. The cigars are also available for the international distribution partners of Tabacalera El Artista.

Buffalo TEN

Also new is a Connecticut version of the very popular Buffalo TEN series. “This flagship product line has performed so well,” says Radhames ‘Ram’ Rodriguez, President of El Artista Cigars, “we just had to bring out one more blend, this time in a Connecticut grown in our farms in Ecuador.” “Buffalo TEN truly demonstrates the strengths of El Artista,” says Kevin Newman, Director of Sales & Marketing, “the factory team worked with us to source some of the best tobaccos available and integrate a few factory-exclusives for a phenomenal blend at an incredible price”. The new blend joins the Buffalo TEN Maduro and Buffalo TEN Natural. Even though the cigar will officially launch during the PCA Convention & Trade show, they are already available in Norway.

Buffalo TEN Connecticut is available in one size, a soft box-pressed 6×50 Toro, and El Artista offers it in two retail packages, as an attractive 5-Pack ($22.50 MSRP) in a wooden retail shelf display that holds five 5-packs or as a single-stick purchase ($5.00 MSRP) from a 40-ct retail bundle tray. “Over the last two years Retailers have embraced Buffalo TEN in terms of packaging options and a great price point; Consumers the world over have told us to keep making more and we feel Connecticut continues the theme of quality and value both consumers and the brick & mortar retailer have come to know and love,” states Ram. 

Buffalo TEN Connecticut is a complex blend composed of five different tobaccos from across Central & South America and The Caribbean. Buffalo TEN Connecticut features a smooth and sweet Ecuadorian Connecticut wrapper from El Artista’s farms and a rich Cameroon binder. The filler blend is sourced from Nicaragua and the company’s farms in the Dominican Republic.

Ministry of Cigars - El Artista is introducing two new cigars



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