The third installment of Espinosa Premium Cigars’ Warhead series has begun to arrive at retail this week.

The 601 La Bomba Warhead III, a a 7 1/2 x 38 box-pressed lancero, began its full-release shipping late last week after being announced in July and unveiled at the 2016 IPCPR Convention & Trade Show.

Espinosa Warhead III IPCPR 2016

The Warhead line is a stronger version of the 601 La Bomba blend, using a Connecticut broadleaf maduro wrapper over a Nicaraguan binder and filler, though the lancero size required a bit of an adjustment to the specific ratios of the tobaccos used. It debuted in 2013 in a 6 1/2 x 54 size and returned in 2014 with a 5 1/2 x 56 vitola. There was no release in 2015.

Suggested retail pricing is $10.95 per cigar, or $109.50 for a box of 10 cigars. The company said that 500 boxes would be produced but left the door open for more to be made, and a spokesperson for Espinosa told halfwheel that “a little over 500” boxes were produced.

The cigars are made at Espinosa’s La Zona Cigar Factory in Estelí, Nicaragua.

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