Early next month, the Zino Nicaragua line will be adding a new 4 x 44 Half Corona vitola, and unlike the vast majority of other cigars on the market, it will come pre-cut, which Oettinger Davidoff AG says is a response to the changing lifestyles of its consumers, as well as increased demand for flexibility and convenience.

“Our target consumers value spontaneity in their on-the-go lifestyle,” said Edward Simon, CMO at Oettinger Davidoff, in a press release. “The pre-cut allows them to go about their day with the option of enjoying the cigar whenever and wherever they want, as no cutter is required. With this launch, we continue to expand into new distribution channels, making Zino Nicaragua widely accessible for aficionados and novices.”

The Zino Nicaragua line debuted in May 2021, and uses an Ecuadorian Connecticut wrapper, Nicaraguan Semilla 56 binder, and fillers from Honduras’ Olancho and Jamastran Valley regions, visos from Ometepe in Nicaragua, along with San Vicente and San Vicente Mejorado secos from the Dominican Republic.

With the addition of the Half Corona, the line is now available in five vitolas:

  • Zino Nicaragua Short Torpedo (4 x 52)
  • Zino Nicaragua Robusto (5 x 54)
  • Zino Nicaragua Toro (6 x 50)
  • Zino Nicaragua Gordo (6 x 60)
  • Zino Nicaragua Half Corona (4 x 44)

Additionally, there is a 3 1/8 x 19 mini cigarillos vitola, though it is not offered in the U.S. The line is produced at Diadema Cigars de Honduras S.A., best known as the Camacho factory.

The Zino Nicaragua Half Corona is priced at $30 for a tin of five cigars, or $6 per cigar if sold individually. It is scheduled to begin shipping to stores on Aug. 3.

Images courtesy of Oettinger Davidoff.

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