July 2023

A limited edition made by master blenders Rick Rodriguez and Luciano Meirelles was quietly released earlier this year, as a limited edition exclusive for FatAsh Cigars. The cigar was named The Master and now an additional 100 boxes are up for sale through FatAsh. As Dwight Adkins, co-owner of FatAsh and My Old Kentucky Herf, stated, “Luciano Meirelles and Ricky Rodriguez have been strong supporters of our endeavours from day one, and their presence has always been cherished by our community. We are truly honoured that they chose us to release this exceptional collaboration. I’m still speechless; it’s a dream come true.”

The collaboration was born out of passion. During a trip to Estelí, Nicaragua, Rodriguez visited his friend Meirelles and he was mesmerized by the rare tobaccos that Meirelles had stocked. After a few drinks, they decided to create something unique and limited. “Luciano’s tobacco collection, featuring tabacos from Brazil, Connecticut, Ecuador, and Nicaraguan cold-fermented tobaccos from the finest years, was like being in tobacco Disneyland for me,” commented Rodriguez in a press release.

“In our last encounter, we had already discussed creating something special for ‘My Old Kentucky Herf’ as a tribute to Dwight, Shannon, and the entire FatAsh family. However, with Ricky’s visit to our pre-industry earlier this year, the idea was reignited. We decided to craft a cigar where Ricky would curate the tobaccos, and I would blend the first prototype,” shared Luciano Meirelles, co-owner of Luciano Cigars.

It took the two master blenders two months to get the blend right. The cigars consists of an Ecuadorian Broadleaf hybrid wrapper with a Brazilian Mata Fina and Nicaraguan Chincagre binder and fillers from Brazil (Arapiraca 2016), Pueblo Nuevo (2019), Jalapa (2019), and Mexican San Andrés (2016). The total production is 200 boxes of ten cigars, signed by both master blenders. 100 boxes were released during the My Old Kentucky Herf, the other 100 are released now via FatAsh.

 

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