Next week, León Jimenes will return to the U.S. market.
La Aurora, the Dominican’s oldest cigar factory, is relaunching the cigar, which is named after the company’s founder, Eduardo León Jimenes. The blend remains the same as before—an Ecuadorian Connecticut wrapper over a binder from the Cibao Valley, Dominican Republic and fillers from the Cibao Valley and Nicaragua. La Aurora has slightly updated the packaging, which now includes a secondary band and an updated main band.
Five of the 12 sizes that La Aurora makes the León Jimenes Connecticut in will return to the U.S. market:
- León Jimenes Connecticut No.1 (7 1/2 x 50) — $8.50 (Box of 25, $212.50)
- León Jimenes Connecticut No.2 (7 x 47) — $8 (Box of 25, $200)
- León Jimenes Connecticut No.3 (6 1/2 x 42) — $7 (Box of 25, $175)
- León Jimenes Connecticut Robusto (5 x 50) — $7.50 (Box of 25, $187.50)
- León Jimenes Connecticut Belicoso (6 1/4 x 52) — $8.50 (Box of 25, $212.50)
As the story goes, in 1987, Fernando León—one of Eduardo’s sons—opted to reblend the existing León Jimenes line which was using a Cameroon wrapper. He replaced the Cameroon wrapper with a Connecticut-shade wrapper for the cigar, which has developed into the blend being sold today.
Miami Cigar & Co., which distributes La Aurora in the U.S., said that the cigars will begin shipping to stores next week coinciding with the 2021 PCA Convention & Trade Show, which takes place July 10-13 in Las Vegas. The company says it last sold the León Jimenes Connecticut in 2019.
Note: The featured image shows the older packaging.