Today the President of El Artista Cigars, Radhames “Ram” Rodriguez announced the first boxes of Big Papi by David Ortiz began shipping this week from Doral, FL. The much anticipated cigar line makes its way onto hundreds of retail shelves this week, fulfilling IPCPR 2016 pre-orders. The first boxes shipped Monday morning, and El Artista expects thousands of boxes to reach retailers by Friday. Mr. Rodriguez stated, “The response from retailers and consumers has been overwhelming. We get calls every day.”
Big Papi by David Ortiz was blended by Ortiz under the supervision of El Artista, thus Mr. Ortiz’s public involvement in the brand is important to El Artista. The release of Big Papi was timed with the end of his commitment to the 2016 baseball season, “We wanted to ensure David Ortiz’s attendance at events across the country.” says Jonas Santana Marketing Manager for El Artista.
El Artista plans to hold several events featuring David Ortiz at retail stores and at large-scale consumer events internationally in Dominican Republic and United States. Mr Ortiz will be available for photos in a meet & greet setting.
Event dates are TBD and The Cigar Authority is trying to get David Ortiz on the show as a guest when he does events locally at Two Guys Smoke Shop.
ABOUT EL ARTISTA CIGARS
Tabacalera El Artista S.R.L. started operations in Tamboril, Dominican Republic in 1956. Today TEA is one of the nation’s largest producers of premium cigars. TEA produces millions of cigars each year and distributes throughout Europe, Canada, United States, and Asia. Additionally, TEA manages farms in the Caribbean and South America where it grows premium tobacco leaf which it utilizes in its proprietary blends as well as sells to top cigar manufacturers in Nicaragua, Honduras, and Dominican Republic.