Mombacho Cigars has begun shipping its Cosecha 2013 release to retailers, some two months after it was expected to be on shelves. The delay came as a result of the civil and political unrest in Nicaragua over changes to how the country’s health care and pension systems are funded.

Just as with last year’s Mombacho Cosecha 2012, the 2013 version uses tobaccos from a single year’s harvest, though this time it is 2013’s crop. It is once again being offered in a 6 x 52 toro vitola with a pigtail cap,  priced at $21.95 and packaged in 10-count boxes. A total of 800 boxes have been produced at the company’s Casa Favilli factory in Granada, Nicaragua, where have they been resting since being rolled in 2014. Each Cosecha releases is designed to have at least four years of rest before being released.

“Cosecha is a project that has been in my heart since the day I started working with Mombacho,” said Claudio Sgroi, president and master blender of Mombacho Cigars, via a press release. “True vintage is hard to find in the cigar industry and we have created a cigar that showcases the best of Nicaraguan tobaccos with Cosecha. Cosecha 2012 was great and Cosecha 2013 may be even better,” he added.

The company has already confirmed it has plans to release similar projects in the two upcoming years, using crops from the 2014 and 2015 harvests, respectively. Not only is the Mombacho Cosecha line released as a celebration of Nicaraguan tobacco, but also to show the differences between crop years.

The first shipments left the company’s facilities on Monday.

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