January 2024

Cigars boasting a 60-ring gauge or larger, once considered an anomaly, have now become a cornerstone in the industry. Renowned cigar craftsman Ernesto Perez-Carrillo played a pivotal role in spearheading this trend back in 2012 with the inception of the Inch brand.

Over the years, Inch has expanded its offerings, branching into various lines, one of which is the Inch Nicaragua line, unveiled in 2022. Recently, the line reached a new pinnacle with the introduction of its largest size to date, the No. 70, which commenced shipping last week.

Measuring the thickness of a cigar in 64ths of an inch, the No. 70 boasts an impressive 70 ring gauge, coupled with a length of seven inches, rendering it notably massive. Priced at $15.50 per cigar, it is available in boxes of 24.

The debut of the No. 70 took place at last year’s PCA trade show, driven by customer demand, as explained by Perez-Carrillo himself: “The Inch 70 has always been very much in demand. We decided to make the Inch Nicaragua in a 70 because I think our Inch fans will enjoy them, and in many events and on social media, [they] were asking for us to do the Inch Nicaragua in this size.”

While other Inch lines are crafted at Perez-Carrillo’s factory in the Dominican Republic, the Inch Nicaragua is meticulously rolled by the Plasencias in Nicaragua. Additionally, the Plasencias cultivated all the tobaccos used in the cigar, including the shade-grown leaf sourced from Nicaragua’s Jalapa region.

With the introduction of the No. 70, the Inch Nicaragua line now boasts a total of four sizes, catering to the diverse preferences of cigar enthusiasts.

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