(TAMBORIL, DO) – EL Artista Cigars announces a new size for its’
popular David Ortiz Series. “David’s brand continues to grow,”
states Radhames ‘Ram’ Rodriguez, President of El Artista Cigars,
“and since The Slugger’s launch two years ago we have had
requests to bring out a new size to complement the existing Gordo

The new 50×5” Robusto size features same distinctive The Slugger blend with a stippled deep brown
San Andres maduro wrapper, flavorful Dominican Negrito binder, and fillers from Dominican
Republic, Nicaragua and US. The Slugger includes several ligero tobaccos for a noticeably stronger
smoke than the Original Big Papi line.
Developed by El Artista Cigars in conjunction with Ortiz, the size is a response to Big Papi fans’ and
retailer requests, “We have hosted many dozens of events with Big Papi since 2018 and gathered a
lot of feedback from fans and retailers about The Slugger.” Says Kevin Newman Director of Sales &
Marketing for El Artista Cigars, “There were many requests over the last 24 months for a Robusto,
and this year we happy to bring it to PCA ‘21”.
The Slugger Robusto is offered as a 50×5”. Fans of the original Big Papi blend will recognize the
handsome red and white Big Papi band on The Slugger, which is adorned with a contrasting navy
blue foot ribbon. Twenty cigars come in a beautiful glossy blue and white box. Retail priced at
$10.50 per cigar.
World-wide launch of “The Slugger Robusto” is set for the 88th Annual PCA Trade Show in Las
Vegas and El Artista expects to ship orders starting the first week of August, 2021.
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.

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