In December 2019, the Diplomático by Mombacho Cigars S.A. line arrived at stores in the U.S., a cigar blended by the Nicaraguan cigar company to be paired with the Reserva Exclusiva offering from the Venezuelan run company. Now, that cigar is heading to Germany, but with a different name and a slightly modified blend.

In Germany, the cigar is called Botucal by Mombacho Cigars S.A., which is the name under which Diplomático rum is sold in the country due to the grocer Aldi having rights to the word diplomat and its variants for a brandy it sells.

As for the blend, it uses the same base tobaccos, meaning an Ecuadorian habano wrapper, Nicaraguan binder from Jalapa, and Nicaraguan fillers from Condega, Estelí and Jalapa. However, the blend has been modified by way of differences in ratio and sorting, according to Jared Michaeli, Mombacho Cigars S.A.’s director of global sales. How those changes affect the flavor and profile of Botucal by Mombacho Cigars S.A. have not been disclosed.

It will be offered in the same three sizes as the version sold stateside:

  • Botucal by Mombacho Cigars S.A. Petite Corona (4 1/2 x 44) — €10.90 (Box of 20, €218)
  • Botucal by Mombacho Cigars S.A. Robusto (5 x 50) — € 11.90 (Box of 20, €238)
  • Botucal by Mombacho Cigars S.A. Toro (6 x 52) — €12.90 (Box of 20, €258)

“I believe the Botucal project as the next progression in the Diplomático line of cigars is the result of the union of a team committed to always improving in quality and excellence,” said Indiana Ortez, general manager of Mombacho Cigars S.A., via a press release. “Botucal is proof of this and the proud first expression of Mombacho’s next 15 years.”

The line will be distributed by PasiónPuro, and like the Diplomático by Mombacho Cigars S.A. line, a portion of the sales from Botucal by Mombacho will be donated to each company’s respective charities.

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