The Dalay Nicaragua, a new four-size, regular production line from Dalay Zigarren that is produced by Luciano Cigars, is en route to U.S. retailers as of today.

The blend, which was created by Luciano Meirelles, uses an Ecuadorian corojo 98 wrapper, a double binder of Brazilian arapiraca and Ecuadorian corojo 98 leaves, and a filler that is all Nicaraguan, with leaves coming from the Pueblo Nuevo, Jalapa, Estelí, and Massatepe regions.

“What Luciano did with this blend is off the charts,” said Michael Grossklos, ceo and blender for Dalay Zigarren, via a press release. “This cigar is a stand-out in our portfolio. Luciano has always been contributing with his knowledge and vast expertise in tobacco and I consider him a mentor and a friend. Working here at Dalay has provided me many opportunities to meet people like Luciano and work with only the best.”

The Dalay Nicaragua is offered in four sizes:

  • Dalay Nicaragua Corona Gorda (5 1/2 x 46) — $10.50 (Box of 20, $210)
  • Dalay Nicaragua Robusto (5 x 50) — $11.50 (Box of 20, $230)
  • Dalay Nicaragua Toro (6 x 52) — $12.50 (Box of 20, $250)
  • Dalay Nicaragua Gran Toro (6 1/2 x 56) — 13.30 (Box of 20, $266)

Dalay Zigarren is distributed by Luciano Cigars in the United States.

Update (Nov. 6, 2023): A representative from Luciano Cigars informed halfwheel that it provided incorrect information as to one of the binders; what had been listed as an Ecuadorian habano 2000 leaf is actually an Ecuadorian corojo 98 leaf.

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