German Engineered Cigars has announced a new project called AUTONOM, under which it will release some new limited editions comprised of unique sizes, experimental blends and other projects. The series, which gets its name from the German word for autonomous, will debut with four cigars, drawing on the company’s RVGN Rauchvergnügen and Raumzeit lines.

For its RVGN Rauchvergnügen line, the company is adding a 6 3/4 x 40 lancero, and a 4 x 60 vitola it is calling Defused Torpedo, due to its resemblance to a torpedo but without the pointed and weaponized tip. That line uses a Ecuadorian wrapper, Dominican criollo 98 binder, and a filler mix that includes Dominican piloto cubano along with leaves from Nicaragua and Pennsylvania.

Meanwhile, the recently released Raumzeit blend will add a 7 x 40 lancero and a 4 x 50 short robusto, or what the company is referring to as a Petit Edmundo, and which will come with a shaggy foot. That blend uses a Nicaraguan-grown Connecticut seed wrapper, an Indonesian Sumatra binder, and a filler that contains tobacco from Nicaragua’s Jalapa region as well as Dominican-grown piloto.

All four releases are limited to just 1,000 cigars and have the same MSRP of $10. The two RVGN Rauchvergnügen cigars are currently available for retailers to order, while the Raumzeit vitolas will be available soon, though no date was given.

“AUTONOM is meant as an experimental playground for the brand,” said Oliver Nickels, co-founder and chief cigar engineer of German Engineered Cigars. “With AUTONOM, we test the acceptance of new formats, play with the blends and offer new, delightful experiences for the fans of German Engineered Cigars.

The company has added an AUTONOM section to its website, which the company says will feature background information about cigars, raise questions and create awareness for latest scientific and societal developments. “Following the founders’ weltanschauung, German for worldview, or philosophy of life, the channel will provide news and links about science and technology, and ample food for curiosity,” the company said. The first issue was all about the future of the automobile; the second edition focussed on cryptocurrencies.

German Engineered Cigars produces its RVGN Rauchvergnügen at InterCigar S.A. in the Dominican Republic, while its Raumzeit line is produced at Tabacalera Tambor in Estelí, Nicaragua. Its cigars are distributed in the United States by Illusione.

Images courtesy of German Engineered Cigars GmbH.

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