The Gurkha Royal Challenge Maduro is on its way to retailers, as the company made the announcement on Tuesday via its Twitter feed.

The cigar was unveiled at the 2014 IPCPR Convention & Trade Show, but delays with the boxes and the holiday closure of the factory it was made at pushed back its release into 2015. A possible release date of as early as August 2014 had been suggested at the show, though that got pushed back to mid-December.

The Gurkha Royal Challenge Maduro uses a broadleaf maduro wrapper over a Honduran habano binder and fillers from the Dominican Republic and Nicaragua. It’s available in five sizes: Robusto (5 x 50, $8.38), Toro (6 x 50, $8.66), Churchill (7 x 52, $10), Torpedo (6 1/2 x 53, $9.46) and XO (6 x 60, $11.06). All five sizes come in boxes of 20 and are produced at American Caribbean Tobacco S.A. in Estelí, Nicaragua.

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