General Cigar Co. is planning a limited release addition to their La Gloria Cubana line, the La Gloria Cubana Serie R Black, which will be available only to top El Credito accounts.

The new cigar is described as a “full bodied and full flavored Serie R appealing to serious cigar smokers,” and will feature a nearly black Oscuro wrapper. La Gloria Cubana currently uses an Ecuadoran Sumatra wrapper for the natural version of the Serie R and a Connecticut Broadleaf for the Maduro version. The binder is Nicaraguan with a filler of Dominican and Nicaraguan tobaccos.

Specifics on sizes, price and availability have not been released, though it is expected to debut in April.

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