December 2023

This week marks a significant milestone for Abbina Craft Sipping Soda as it wraps up production on its inaugural batch of sodas specifically crafted to complement the cigar-smoking experience. While an unconventional pairing, Charlie Albanetti, the founder and CEO of Abbina, embarked on this venture a year ago to explore non-alcoholic options that harmonize seamlessly with cigars. Beginning his experimentation in his dining room, Albanetti later collaborated with professional flavorists to refine his creations.

The product lineup at launch includes four distinct sodas: Abbina Candlewood, Abbina Royale, Abbina Tower 44, and Abbina Vinnie. These offerings can be acquired in 12-packs of 12-ounce bottles, priced at $48 for the set or $4 per individual bottle.

Abbina provides a diverse range of flavor notes across its lineup, from the chocolate and coffee undertones of Royale to Vinnie, characterized by a blend of spices, fruits, and a hint of sweetness. The company employs agave syrup as a sweetener but incorporates a blend of natural and synthetic flavors, asserting the necessity of this combination to achieve the desired complexity in flavor profiles.

Founder Charlie Albanetti expressed his passion for exploring flavors, citing soda as his preferred beverage pairing. Dissatisfied with existing options, he sought to elevate the experience, not just for himself but for fellow cigar enthusiasts, leading to the creation of Abbina.

Currently, all four sodas, along with a 12-bottle variety pack, are available for pre-order through Abbina’s official website. The company is actively working on expanding its distribution to other retail outlets, promising aficionados wider accessibility to these uniquely crafted cigar-friendly sodas. As Abbina completes its inaugural production run, anticipation builds within the cigar community for a novel and enhanced sipping experience.

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