A new blend shipping to retailers from LH Cigars marks the first time that the company has used a Mexican San Andrés wrapper.

The Nicolás line is available in two different vitolas, a 5 x 52 robusto with an MSRP of $12.50, and a 6 x 54 toro with an MSRP of $13. Both cigars are offered in 20-count boxes and 20-count bundles; however the total production of each size is different: only 10,000 of the robustos are being released, while 25,000 toros were produced by Tabacos de Costa Rica.

“I am very pleased with the outcome of this blend,” said Nicholas Syris, founder of LH Cigars, in a press release. “It’s all about the cigar, not the band or packaging.”

In terms of the blend, the Mexican San Andrés wrapper covers an Ecuadorian binder and fillers from a trio of countries: Brazil, the Dominican Republic, and Nicaragua. According to Syris, two of the tobaccos used in the filler—specifically, the ones from Brazil and the Dominican Republic—are ligero leaves, which come from the upper part of a tobacco plant and are generally regarded as being the most flavorful and the strongest leaves on a plant.

In a phone conversation, Syris told halfwheel that boxes and bundles of both vitolas began shipping to retailers on March 1.

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Brooks Whittington

I have been smoking cigars for over eight years. A documentary wedding photographer by trade, I spent seven years as a photojournalist for the Dallas Morning News and the Fort Worth Star Telegram. I started the cigar blog SmokingStogie in 2008 after realizing that there was a need for a cigar blog with better photographs and more in-depth information about each release. SmokingStogie quickly became one of the more influential cigar blogs on the internet, known for reviewing preproduction, prerelease, rare, extremely hard-to-find and expensive cigars. I am a co-founder of halfwheel and now serve as an editor for halfwheel.