Southern Draw Cigars has announced it will be introducing a third blend under its 300 Hands brand in the form of a U.S. Connecticut Shade offering at the 2019 IPCPR Trade Show.

300 Hands was introduced a year ago and launched with a Maduro and Habano offering. The 300 Hands name pays homage to the people of Nicaragua involved in the 300 steps needed going from seed to store to deliver a hand-made premium cigar to the consumer. The project also pays homage to some of the people who might get forgotten about in the whole cigar making process such as repairmen or bus drivers who take the workers to or from school. Many of these people still live in poverty in Nicaragua, so the 300 Hands project has a charitable angle. Southern Draw will donate a portion of the profits of 300 Hands to (according to Southern Draw) “those Nicaraguans that offered us their honest stories and identified specific needs in and around their own communities.”

In addition to the U.S. Connecticut Shade wrapper, 300 Hands Connecticut features a binder from Peru and filler tobaccos from Nicaragua and the Dominican Republic. Production comes from Tabacalera AJ Fernandez, Southern Draw’s longtime manufacturing partner.

The 300 Hands Connecticut is available in the same five sizes as the Maduro and Habano offerings: Petit Edmundo (4 3/4 x 52), Coloniales (5 1/4 x 44), Corona Gorda (5 5/8 x 46), Piramides (6 1/8 x 52), and Churchill (7 x 48). Each size packaged in ten-count bundles. In addition, a vertical retail display tray similar to what was released with the Habano and Maduro will be available with every order. The company says it will produce 50,000 cigars per size in 2019 and make available 50 display trays. Shipping is slated for August and October 2019.

The 2019 IPCPR Trade Show opens in Las Vegas on June 29th, 2019.

At a glance, here is a look at the 300 Hands Connecticut:

Blend and Origin

Wrapper: U.S. Connecticut
Binder: Peru
Filler: Nicaragua & Dominican Republic
Country of Origin: Nicaragua
Factory: Tabacalera AJ Fernandez

Vitolas Offered

Petit Edmundo: 4 3/4 x 52 -SRP $5.99/cigar, $59.99/ten-count bundle
Coloniales: 5 1/4 x 44 – SRP $6.19/cigar, $61.99/ten-count bundle
Corona Gorda 5 5/8 x 46 – $SRP $6.29/cigar, $62.99/ten-count bundle
Piramides: 6 1/8 x 52 – SRP $6.39/cigar, $63.99/ten-count bundle
Churchill: 7 x 48 – SRP $6.49/cigar, $64.99/ten-count bundle

Photo Credits: Southern Draw Cigars