After a delay of several months, the NN01 from German Engineered Cigars is on its way to store shelves.

The cigar’s name is an abbreviation for the Latin phrase non nominandum, which translates as either not named or to be named. Without a name, and with no blend details being disclosed, the company is hoping to create a cigar that encourages consumers to focus on the tobacco and blend rather than distracting packaging or some sort of backstory.

The first cigar in the NN series, the NN01, is a 7 x 48 Churchill that is produced at Tabacalera William Ventura in the Dominican Republic. German Engineered Cigars, the company behind the RVGN Rauchvergnügen line, only describes it as being a medium-bodied profile. It is priced at $8.90 per cigar and limited to 200 boxes of 25 cigars, with distribution limited to U.S. retailers.

Once it is sold out, the company will begin work on the next release, NN02, and build the line into a series of excellent and surprising cigars, according to Oliver Nickels, co-founder and chief cigar engineer of German Engineered Cigars GmbH.

The NN01 had originally been slated to be released in January, but was delayed due to several factors related to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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