Swedish fans of Jas Sum Kral will soon have a new cigar to try out, as the company has released Söta Kakor Chokladkakor, the promised follow-up to 2020’s Söta Kakor.

It is a 5 1/2 x 48 vitola that uses a Mexcian-grown maduro leaf over a Nicaraguan criollo 98 ligero binder, with the fillers coming from Nicaragua’s Condega, Jalapa and Somoto regions. It is produced at Tabacalera de Aragon S.A. in Nicaragua, with 290 boxes of 12 cigars being produced. That is a notable increase of the 180 boxes of 12 cigars that were produced for the original Söta Kakor.

The cigar gets its name from the Swedish phrase for sweet cookies, with this version adding the Swedish word for chocolate cakes. The band also contains traditional elements from the Dalarna region of Sweden.

“When it comes to detail, I am my worst enemy,” said Riste Ristevski of Jas Sum Kral via a press release. “Working on the band, I knew I wanted to incorporate the history of Sweden. Complete with traditional art, colors, and regal looks,” he added.

Ristevski added that this was the last band that Nuzli Hakiim designed for Jas Sum Kral before moving onto other opportunities. “Going back and forth with Martin picking his brain to get that authentic Swedish look and feel we finally agreed on prob(ably) the best band design I have seen in a long time.”

Jas Sum Kral is distributed in Sweden by Karl Martin Brix Nelson from Kind Cigars. Ristevski said that the pricing works out to about $13 per cigar.

Update (Dec. 17, 2021) — Added pricing information.

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