In one of the more interesting pairing of regions for an Edición Regional, the Rafael González North Star is about to be released to countries in the Nordic and Baltic regions. The pairing comes as a result of the fact that Habanos Nordic A.B. is the distributor of Habanos S.A. products for both regions.

The new cigar is a petit robusto that measures four inches long (102mm) with a 50 ring gauge. Production is being limited to 6,000 individually numbered boxes of 10 cigars, with pricing between €12.50 and €13.10 ($14.71 and $15.42) depending on the specific country of sale.

The cigar got a limited launch in early June at the Fine Spirits and Cigar Weekend in Tallinn, Estonia. It is set to arrive in Sweden before the end of September, and reach consumers in the rest of the regions in early October.

This will be the second Edición Regional for the Nordic region, joining the Punch Northern Lights, which was released in 2009. It is the third Edición Regional for the Baltic region, joining a pair of El Rey del Mundo releases: the Vikingos from 2007 and the Balthasar from 2009.

Habanos Nordic A.B. distributes in Iceland, Finland, Denmark, Sweden and Norway in the Nordic region, and Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania in the Baltic region.

Image courtesy of Stephan Praetorius/Habanos Nordic A.B.

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