Casdagli’s Cabinet Selection Rosetta will be getting a maduro version, with the cigar making its debut later this month in Sweden before a global launch is slated for June. It is being released in celebration of the Cabinet Selection’s fifth anniversary; the Rosetta was the first cigar to be released as part of the Cabinet Selection line, debuting in 2015.

The Rosetta Maduro sees the wrapper change from the Dominican Cotuí leaf used on the original to an Ecuadorian corojo maduro leaf, while it retains the Dominican binder and filler of the original. The change is said to result in a flavor shift from the milk chocolate of the original blend to more of a dark chocolate flavor. The company says the blend is mild to medium in strength and medium in body.

“Rarely can you change the wrapper leaf without tampering with the binder and filler whilst maintaining a well balanced and tasty cigar that is still true to its elder brother the Rosetta,” said Jeremy Casdagli, founder of Casdagli Cigars, via a press release.

The Rosetta Maduro is being released in a 4 x 46 pyramide vitola, with pricing expected to be approximately €8 ($9.70) when it arrives on store shelves. It is packaged in 25-count boxes, with production handled by the Kelner Boutique Factory in the Dominican Republic.

It is getting its release in Sweden via Kind Cigars as its roots trace back to a conversation between Casdagli and Martin Brix Nelson of Kind, about creating a “perfect cigar addition” to the Swedish coffee shops which the two had visited. According to a press release from Casdagli, Sweden ranks in the top three of the world’s coffee consumers per capita, something attributable to the idea of the fika, or coffee break. Such a situation makes for the opportunity to enjoy a short cigar, and as such, the cigars in the Casdagli Cabinet Selection—Rosetta, Ristretto and Romano—get their names from coffee, and are designed to be paired with coffee drinks.

The Rosetta Maduro will be available to Casdagli’s distributors around the world as a regular production item in June. While a U.S. release has not yet been formally scheduled, pricing should be around $9 per cigar, close to or just slightly more than the original version.

Images courtesy of Casdagli Cigars.

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