262 Cigars has released its Allegiance lancero, according to a statement issued by the company on Tuesday morning.

The cigar was first announced in mid-February, and it came as no surprise that brand owner Clint Aaron would be bringing his love of lanceros to the line. “I think the lancero can intimidate people since it’s not a popular size,” Aaron told halfwheel at the time. “Most of the time it only takes somebody smoking one or two before they realize how flavorful that size truly is.”

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The 262 Allegiance line uses a Brazilian Mata Fina wrapper, Nicaraguan binder and fillers from Honduras and Nicaragua, with Aaron noting that he thinks the lancero vitola brings the blend’s cocoa and nuttiness forward. It comes in 20-count boxes with a single stick MSRP of $8.20, or $164 per box.

It’s the fourth size in the 262 Allegiance line, which debuted in April 2014, joining a 6 x 54 box-pressed toro ($8.50), 5 x 50 round robusto ($7.50), and a 5 1/2 x 44 corona ($7). All four sizes are made at Craig Cunningham’s Tabacalera Carreras factory in Estelí, Nicaragua. Allegiance is the company’s “line in the sand” campaign, meant to take on a stronger tone against the attacks on the cigar industry at all levels.

262 Cigars recently released its first bundle offering, called Peacefield.

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I strive to capture the essence of a cigar and the people behind them in my work – every cigar you light up is the culmination of the work of countless people and often represents generations of struggle and stories. For me, it’s about so much more than the cigar – it’s about the story behind it, the experience of enjoying the work of artisans and the way that a good cigar can bring people together. In addition to my work with halfwheel, I’m the public address announcer for the Colorado Rockies and Arizona Diamondbacks during spring training, as well as for the Salt River Rafters of the Arizona Fall League, the WNBA's Phoenix Mercury and the Arizona Rattlers of the Indoor Football League. I also work in a number of roles for MLB.com, plus I'm a voice over artist. I previously covered the Phoenix and national cigar scene for Examiner.com, and was an editor for Cigar Snob magazine.