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New Collaboration Cigar Taps Rare Nicaraguan Tobaccos for Historic Excalibur First

ESTELÍ, NICARAGUA – Excalibur Cigars are rolling out their first collaboration effort with The Illusione of Excalibur, a limited-edition blend that marks the first Excalibur made in Nicaragua.

The Illusione of Excalibur was blended by Illusione Cigars founder, Dion Giolito, and STG’s Justin Andrews. The new “No.1” is blended with aged Nicaraguan tobaccos for a rich, layered smoking experience found in both Excalibur and Illusione cigars.

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The Excalibur Illusione No.1 cigar is the first Excalibur made in Nicaragua.

“Dion Giolito and Illusione’s success in the premium cigar category has been driven by his rigorous standards for tobacco and his ability to create cigars that wow the market,” said Justin. “So when it came to developing a blend for Excalibur, Dion was our hands-down first choice.”

Handcrafted at the TABSA factory in Nicaragua, the Excalibur Illusione  No.1 is a puro that starts with a Nicaraguan Jalapa Corojo 1999 wrapper, followed by a 2012 Nicaraguan Jalapa Corojo binder and Estelí Criollo and Corojo tobaccos from 1998, 1999 and 2006. The result is a chewy, rich-tasting smoke with notes of Christmas spices, leather, and espresso in a refined, medium-plus profile.

“When GCC asked me to do a collaboration and offered up Excalibur, I immediately jumped at the opportunity,” said Dion. “In college, the Excalibur No.1 Maduro was my go-to when I could afford them on a college budget. They were a real treat back then and still are to this day. For my part, I wanted to make a cigar in the spirit of Excalibur that pays homage to the brand’s origins, and I believe this blend really hits the mark.”

The Excalibur Illusione No.1 will be released in just one size, a 7¼” x 54, chosen by Dion and Justin, which they feel best represents the aged tobaccos of the blend.

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No 1. (7¼” x 54) SRP per/cigar: $19.99

The Excalibur Illusione No.1 will be presented in royal blue lacquered boxes with gold detailing, each containing ten cigars in a total run of 4,960 boxes. The cigars will be available for purchase starting on July 4, 2022. CA

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Gary Korb has been writing and editing content for since its debut in 2008. An avid cigar smoker for over 30 years, he has worked on the marketing side of the premium cigar business as a Sr. Copywriter, blogger, and Executive Editor of Cigar Advisor. A graduate of the Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University, prior to his career in the cigar business, Gary worked in the music and video industry as a marketer and a publicist.

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