At this year’s 2016 IPCPR Trade Show, Duran Cigars unveiled three new blends, including two of them as the company’s first Connecticut Shade offerings. In addition the company announced it will be handling distribution for a brand known as Meirelles y Acevedo.

Azan Blue Connecticut

Azan was the brand that started it all for Duran Cigars. It had been almost three years since a new brand was added to Azan. This year the company added Azan Connecticut Blue.  This is a new Connecticut Shade offering by Duran Cigars.

While most companies source Ecuadorian Connecticut Shade wrappers, the unique thing with Duran Cigars is that they are growing their own wrapper. The wrapper comes from Duran Cigar owner Roberto Pelayo Duran’s Fincas Azan plantation in Ecuador. The remainder of the blend is all Nicaraguan and the cigar is available in three sizes.


Nicatabaco Factory Blend No. 5

Duran’s Nicatabaco Factory Blend series now has a second blend with the Nicatabaco Factory Blend No. 5. Named for Duran Cigars’ factory in Esteli, Nicaragua, the Nicatabaco Factory Blend is a value-priced bundle offering. The new Factory Blend No. 5 is also an Ecuadorian Connecticut Shade offering. Like Azan Blue Connecticut, the wrapper for Factory Blend No. 5 comes from the Duran plantation in Ecuador.

Nicatabaco Factory Blend No. 5 also features a Nicaraguan binder and filler and is available in five sizes.


Neya F8 Texas Tactical Lancero

The Neya F8 Texas Tactical Lancero is an all new blend. It is based on the Neya F8 blend but instead of using an Ecuadorian Habano wrapper, it uses an Ecuadorian Corojo Maduro wrapper – also sourced from Duran’s Ecuadorian plantation. The cigar is available in one size – a 7 x 40 lancero.


Distributing Meirelles y Acevedo

Meirelles y Acevedo is a new brand out of the midwest owned by Luciano Meirelles and Brian Acevedo. The company’s current offering, the self-titled Meirelles y Acevedo is made at Duran’s Nicatabaco factory. Now Duran Cigars will also be handling distribution stateside.

The Meirelles y Acevedo offering is a 6 x 54 Toro featuring an Ecuadorian Habano wrapper over Nicaraguan binder and filler.


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