It’s a good day for fans of Altadis U.S.A.’s RyJ line and smaller ring gauges, as today the company announced the addition of a 5 1/2 x 44 corona vitola.

The RyJ is a Nicaraguan puro that was introduced in October 2013. It features a double binder of Nicaraguan Jalapa and Estelí tobaccos and a blend of Nicaraguan Jalapa, Estelí and La Mia fillers.

Romeo y Julieta RyJ Gold Corona

The corona becomes the fourth size in the line, joining a 6 x 52 toro, 6 1/8 x 52 Piramide and 6 x 54 Bully Grande. The new size has an MSRP of $8 per cigar and comes in boxes of 20.

According to a press release issued by the company, the cigars are already available to retailers and on store shelves.


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