October 6, 2013 (Pasadena, Calif.) — August 2010 saw the introduction of the first value-priced premium cigar in the popular Nat Cicco line from Zander-Greg, Inc.  Nat Cicco Cuban Legends are all-tobacco, all handmade cigars, in four large ring-gauge shapes.  Now the company has added a new blend to the line…Cuban Legends Habano.

Cuban Legends Habano Lo

According to Zander-Greg’s president, “We’re excited about the market’s response to Cuban Legends, by retailers and smokers.  As a result, we’re expanding the line with this new medium-to-full[bodied, full flavored cigar.  The Nat Cicco name first appeared in 1965, with the Churchill and Robusto Rejects value-priced medium-filler cigars.  They were the industry’s original cigars on the ‘rejects’ or ‘factory seconds’ theme, often copied by other cigar manufacturers.  Over the years, Rejects have proven popular, even more so in today’s difficult economy.  We see Cuban Legends proving themselves to be a lot of cigar for the money, as well as a smooth, refined smoking experience.”

Nat Cicco Cuban Legends are made in Nicaragua.  The filler blend is Nicaraguan tobacco, which moderates the robust Habano wrapper leaf.  The available shapes are the Cuban classics: Robusto (5″ x 50), Toro (6″ x 50), Churchill (7″ x 50) and Torpedo (6″ x 52).   Presented 20 cigars to a bundle, their suggested retail pricing ranges from $2.49 to $2.99 each.  The cigars began appearing on  retailers’ shelves nationwide,  in mid-September.

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