The Alec & Bradley Gatekeeper has a new home for its production, as it has been moved out of Ernesto Perez-Carrillo’s Tabacalera La Alianza in the Dominican Republic and into Tabacos de Oriente, the Plasencia-owned facility in Danlí, Honduras.
The reason was due to strained capacity at La Alianza, according to a report by Cigar Aficionado. Perez-Carrillo told the publication that juggling the needs of his company with Alec & Bradley’s needs was a challenge, and that the shift will alleviate a number of headaches for everybody. Perez-Carrillo has worked with Alec and Bradley Rubin on developing and producing the cigar, which debuted in 2019.
While some might speculate that the change will result in a different cigar, the Rubin brothers said that nothing will be changing about the cigar.
Both sides added that their relationship is strong, with Alec Rubin noting that Perez-Carrillo will still be involved in the cigar making process despite the change in facility.
An email sent to Alec Bradley seeking confirmation about the story’s accuracy has not yet been returned, and the company has not indicated if it will be possible to tell where the cigars are produced, or when the Honduran-made version of Gatekeeper will begin arriving on store shelves.