There’s a new Excalibur release heading to Arango Cigar Co. for national distribution, the Excalibur Windy City.

The cigar is a 5 1/4 x 54 box-pressed robusto that uses a Connecticut broadleaf maduro wrapper, Connecticut shade binder, and fillers from Nicaragua, Honduras and the Dominican Republic. According to the company, the blend is similar to the Excalibur Prensado Oscuro, which was discontinued in 2014. It is produced at the STG Danlí factory in Honduras.

It has an MSRP of $9.75 per cigar or $195 for a box of 20 cigars. It will be an ongoing, regular production release, and while it is geared towards retailers in the Chicago area, it is available to any shop in the U.S.

The cigar joins a collection of cigars that Arango distributes featuring the Windy City name, including releases from Rocky Patel, Macanudo, Romeo y Julieta, ACID, Alec Bradley’s MAXX line, as well as CAO and Punch.

The cigar is being distributed through Arango Cigar Co., which is based in Northbrook, Ill., about 25 miles north of Chicago. It became available for retailers to order today, with shipping commencing as well.

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