German Engineered Cigars has announced that the cigar it released under the AUTONOM Lineup name to garner feedback and select a second vitola now has its official name, Weltschmerz, which will be the company’s third core line and is scheduled to debut in November. The company also has the results from the vote as to what will become the second vitola.

The line uses an Ecuadorian habano oscuro wrapper, a binder from Nicaragua’s Jalapa region, and fillers from the Estelí and Jalapa regions of Nicaragua. The blend was developed in partnership with Claudio Sgroi, and produced by Tabacalera Tambor in Nicaragua.

The company debuted the project in late June, but didn’t disclose any details about it, other than that consumers and retailers would have access to packs of three cigars, with three different vitolas inside and a QR code on each pack that would send people to a website where they could cast their vote for their preferred vitola. According to a press release from the company, the perfecto won more than half the vote:

  • Corona Grande (6 x 42) — 21.0 percent
  • Churchill (7 x 47) — 26.1 percent
  • Perfecto (5 1/2 x 54) — 52.9 percent

That means it will join the previously announced robusto vitola as the first two sizes in the Weltschmerz lineup:

  • Weltschmerz Robusto (5 x 50) — $12
  • Weltschmerz Perfecto (5 1/2 x 54) — $14

The robusto is scheduled to be released first, currently scheduled for a November release in the U.S., while the perfecto now goes into production. Both sizes are scheduled to be released internationally in March 2023, with the robusto priced at €13 and the perfecto at €14.

The Robusto will come in 20-count boxes, while packaging for the perfecto is still being finalized. “We are currently working on new packages and are still in the development process,” said Oliver Nickels, co-founder and chief cigar engineer.

As for the line’s name, Weltschmerz is German for “a feeling of melancholy and world-weariness,” according to a press release. “It’s a cigar for the darker moments of life. The cigar is dark, the aromas complex, the feeling soothing. We describe the aromatic experience of Weltschmerz as ‘back in the rolling hills of home. The oven still warm, childhood memories in the air. All is well.'”

The company will continue to offer 10-count bundles of the other vitolas under the AUTONOM name while supplies last.

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