Maria Lucia, a cigar introduced in 2022 by Luciano Cigars, will see three additional sizes. The new sizes will make their debut at the 2023 Premium Cigar Association (PCA) Trade Show.
Originally Maria Lucia was released as a 5 1/4 x 54 box-pressed as a 2022 PCA Exclusive. That size, known as the Magnum Box-Pressed, is returning and will now be joined by a Corona Gorda Box Pressed (5 5/8 x 46), Cañonazo Box Pressed (5 7/8 by 52), and Double Robusto Box Pressed (6 1/2 x 50). The three sizes added were the result of an informal survey that Luciano conducted with retailers to identify the most sought-after sizes that would match the best expressions of the blend.
All four sizes feature Connecticut Broadleaf wrapper over a double binder consisting of an Ecuadorian Sumatra and HBN92 Ecuador leaf. The filler is a combination of tobaccos from Nicaragua, Peru, and the Dominican Republic. All four sizes will now be presented in 24-count boxes (the original Magnum was presented in ten-count boxes). Production is handled by the Luciano Cigars S.A.‘a Maria Lucia facility in Estelí, Nicaragua. Maria Lucia will also now be a regular production core offering by Luciano Cigars.
Maria Lucia is a tribute to company founder Luciano Meirelles’ mother. In blending Maria Lucia, Meirelles drew inspiration from his mother’s intricate nature, connecting every flavor note and smoking experience to her personality traits. The cigar box and band’s art were designed by Meirelles’ oldest daughter, Deborah, a Paris-based artist and fashion designer. Without ever seeing a photograph of her grandmother as a teenager, she drew the portrait of a woman she dreamed of. It turned out the portrait bore a strong resemblance to Maria Lucia Meirelles. As a result, the artwork was used on the packaging. This artwork will be on display at the 2023 PCA Trade Show.
The PCA Trade Show opens July 7, 2023, in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Blend and Origin
Wrapper: Connecticut Broadleaf
Binders (Double): Sumatra Ecuador / HBN 92 Ecuador
Fillers: Nicaragua, Dominican, and Peru
Country of Origin: Nicaragua
Factory: Luciano Cigars S.A., Maria Lucia
Corona Gorda Box Pressed: 5 5/8 x 46 (SRP $11.50/cigar)
Cañonazo Box Pressed: 5 7/8 by 52 (SRP $12.80/cigar)
Double Robusto Box Pressed: 6 1/2 x 50 (SRP $12.50/cigar)
Magnum Box-Pressed: 5 1/4 x 54 (SRP $12.96/cigar)
Photo Credit: Luciano Cigars