For the Rust Belt, which is made up of Western Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Ohio and Southern Indiana, regional manager Ryan Ponist created a blend called Corinthian Leather. It features a Honduran cover leaf, two binders from Honduras and Nicaragua and filler grown in Honduras and Nicaragua, too.
All of the new Regional Exclusives were rolled at J. Fuego Cigars in Nicaragua save for Corinthian Leather, which was produced at Raices Cubanas in Honduras.
Each of the lines was scheduled to ship simultaneously, but due to the Coronavirus pandemic, plans changed. Paper Tiger, Fashionably Late and Highway Child have arrived in the United States and are expected to begin shipping soon, while Alec Bradley hopes Corinthian Leather can hit stores within a month.
The company indicated it plans to expand the regional exclusive program in the future to other areas of the country as more territory managers opt to craft their own cigar.