October 14, 2013 (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) — For generations, Romeo y Julieta has been one of the most loved and trusted brands among serious cigar smokers.

Recently, the brand has come out with a selection of bold, fuller-bodied blends favored by contemporary smokers – notably the highly rated Romeo by Romeo y Julieta and now RyJ, the brand’s first Nicaraguan puro.

A modern, dynamic smoke, RyJ by Romeo y Julieta is handmade with a rare Nicaraguan wrapper grown exclusively for the company, complemented, for added complexity and structure, by a double binder of Nicaraguan Jalapa and Esteli tobaccos and a blend of Nicaraguan Jalapa, Esteli and La Mia fillers. Spicy and intense, these leaves are among the most flavorful in the world.

This unique blend results in a bold, flavorful cigar described by the master blenders as “rich, robust and complex with deep and spicy nuances.”

The new cigar will be introduced in mid-October. The line includes a Bully Grande (54 X 5″), Toro (52 X 6 “) and Piramide (54 X 6 1/8”). Suggested retail prices range from $8.00 to $8.75.

Romeo y Julieta Nicaragua single

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Patrick Lagreid

I strive to capture the essence of a cigar and the people behind them in my work – every cigar you light up is the culmination of the work of countless people and often represents generations of struggle and stories. For me, it’s about so much more than the cigar – it’s about the story behind it, the experience of enjoying the work of artisans and the way that a good cigar can bring people together. In addition to my work with halfwheel, I’m the public address announcer for the Colorado Rockies and Arizona Diamondbacks during spring training, as well as for the Salt River Rafters of the Arizona Fall League, the WNBA's Phoenix Mercury and the Arizona Rattlers of the Indoor Football League. I also work in a number of roles for MLB.com, plus I'm a voice over artist. I previously covered the Phoenix and national cigar scene for Examiner.com, and was an editor for Cigar Snob magazine.