After debuting the Meerapfel Cigar brand earlier this summer with the inaugural Richard line, the upscale brand has announced the Meir as their second release, set to be previewed at the 2022 InterTabac trade show in Dortmund, Germany.
Best known for their sought-after Cameroon tobacco, the Meerapfels are actually one of the oldest families in the world of premium tobacco, tracing their heritage back to the 1600s. The family has grown tobacco in Germany and rolled cigars at their own factory in the Baden-Württemberg region beginning in 1876. In the early 20th century, they began sourcing Indonesian wrapper tobaccos from Java and Sumatra. And the family later helped to save Cameroon tobacco, as Richard Meerapfel worked to establish relationships with West African growers in 1969.
After the passing of Richard Meerapfel, his son Jeremiah (then 25 years old) vowed to craft cigars under the Meerapfel name once more, bringing his vision to life in 2022 with the super-premium Meerapfel Cigar.
The brand’s core collection is dubbed Master Blends, featuring four lines inspired by the most influential Meerapfels throughout the family’s history: Richard, Heller, Ernest, and Meir.
As with the debut Richard cigar, the Meir features a flag-tail-capped Double Robusto as the headlining size, being sold in “ornate caskets” of 10 cigars, including ornamental trays that double as ashtrays. This size is rolled in a 5¾” x 52 format and priced at roughly $94. There are three other sizes, which are packaged in larger chests of 25 cigars and do not include the ashtray or fan-style head. This includes the Robusto (4?” x 50 | SRP: $46); Churchill (7? x 47 | SRP: $54); and Pyramid (6?” x 52 | SRP: $62).
In a press release from the company, no details were given on the cigar’s origin or blend. As noted, the family is known for their Cameroon leaf, and the Richard blend makes use of an exceptionally aged selection of this wrapper, being rolled in the Dominican Republic. While it is likely that the cigars are crafted by the Fuente family at their Tabacalera A. Fuente y Cia. facility (as the two families have worked closely together for decades), this has not been confirmed.
The Meerapfel Meir Master Blend is limited to 613 chests of cigars (per vitola) per year, slated to begin shipping this fall.
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