It might not be the traditional celebratory choice of St. Patrick’s Day, but that isn’t stopping MoyaRuiz from releasing Pickle Juice as its cigar for the Irish holiday.

It’s a 6 x 50 Nicaraguan puro, with a habano-seed candela wrapper giving the cigar its signature green color. Production is being handled by Erik Espinosa’s La Zona Cigar Factory in Estelí, Nicaragua.

MoyaRuiz Pickle Juice

MoyaRuiz is producing 500 hand-numbered jars with 13 cigars inside, for a total retail run of 6,500 cigars, though some additional unnumbered jars will be made for promotional use. Only 50 retailers will be selected to carry the cigar, with each store receiving 10 of the jars. Those retailers will be announced at a later date, with the cigars scheduled to ship around March 7 and pricing still to be announced.

In a press release issued by the company, Pickle Juice is described as a project that came out of a desire “to create something special for our customers that have supported MoyaRuiz Cigars since day one.”

The plastic containers are designed to look like traditional pickle jars, complete with screw top lids and a tobacco facts panel that resembles a nutritional facts section, which notes that the cigar contains a blend of 40 percent ligero, 30 percent viso and 30 percent seco.

MoyaRuiz Pickle Juice jar front

MoyaRuiz Pickle Juice jar side

MoyaRuiz Pickle Juice jar back

Update (March 4, 2016) — MoyaRuiz Cigars announced the list of retailers who will be getting Pickle Juice today, each of which will receive 10 numbered jars. They are:

  • Atlantic Cigars (800-887-7877)
  • Blue Smoke of Dallas (Dallas, Texas, 469-358-2706)
  • BNB International (Philadelphia, Pa., 215-242-6776)
  • Boiling Springs Wine & Cigars (Boiling Spring, S.C., 864-216-1044)
  • Briar Patch (La Crosse, Wisc., 608-784-8839)
  • Caribbean Cigars (Miami, Fla. 305-553-4560)
  • Casa Belicoso Cigar Lounge (Walnut Creek, Calif., 925-979-9330)
  • Cigar-Ette City (Hockessin, Del., 302-234-1650)
  • Cigar-Ette City (Newark, Del., 302-836-4889)
  • Cigar Federation Store (Online)
  • Cigar Inn (New York, N.Y., 212-717-7403)
  • Cigar Monkey (Merced, Calif., 209-384-7473)
  • Cigar Pointe (San Antonio, Texas, 210-888-2933)
  • Cigar Room Davie (Davie, Fla., 954-687-9917)
  • Cigar World (Ramsey, N.J., 201-934-1142)
  • Cigars International (Hamburg, Pa., 610-562-0500)
  • Cigars International (Bethlehem, Pa., 484-895-3933)
  • Cigars International (Bethlehem, Pa., 610-419-2076)
  • Cigars of Tally (Tallahassee, Fla., 850-224-4277)
  • Doc James Cigars & Golf (Shrub Oaks, N.Y., 914-962-9388)
  • En Fuego (Las Vegas, Nev., 702-384-9262)
  • Famous Smoke Shop (Easton, Pa., 610-559-7000)
  • Fernandez Cigar Lounge (New York, N.Y., 917-475-1491)
  • Flame Fine Cigars (Port Jefferson, N.Y., 631-928-3060)
  • Havana Dreams (Rego Park, N.Y., 718-685-0078)
  • Jungle Jim’s (Cincinnati, Ohio, 513-674-6000)
  • Lake Worth Cigars (Lake Worth, Texas, 817-238-8877)
  • Maxamar Ultimate Cigars (Orange, Calif., 714-633-3000)
  • Pipe & Pint (Greensboro, N.C., 336-218-8610)
  • Ruben’s Smoke Stack (Hacksenack, N.J., 201-498-0332)
  • S & M Smoke Shop (Fort Pierce, Fla., 772-801-5104)
  • Scottsdale Cigar Club (Scottsdale, Ariz., 480-946-7833)
  • SMIB Cigar Shop (Baltimore, Md., 667-205-1601)
  • Smoke Manayunk (Philadelphia, Pa., 610-331-0013)
  • Smoke Inn (South Florida, 888-766-5371)
  • Smokers Delight (Union, N.J., 908-810-7352)
  • Smokin’ (Ridgefield, N.J., 201-943-4007)
  • Stix Cigar Shop (Pequannock, N.J., 973-831-2499)
  • Stogies of Houston (Houston, Texas, 713-783-5100)
  • Suburban Cigar Lounge (Mount Penn, Pa., 610-779-6440)
  • Tampa Humidor (Tampa, Fla., 813-990-8535)
  • The Cigar Castle (Tampa, Fla., 813-985-1300)
  • The Cigar Shack (Lodi, N.J., 201-845-7833)
  • The Outlaw Cigar Company (Overland Park, Kan., 913-814-9000)
  • The Stogie Smoke Stop (Huber Heights, Ohio, 937-673-6951)
  • Tobacco Barn (Yardley, Pa., 267-364-5394)
  • Tobacco Plaza (Great Neck, N.Y., 516-829-7134)
  • Twin Smoke Shoppe (Philadelphia, Pa., 215-334-0970)
  • Village Cigar Headquarters (Patchogue, N.Y., 631-307-9033)
  • ZT Cigars (Oklahoma City, Okla., 405-942-0070)

(Images courtesy of MoyaRuiz Cigars)


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