The next installment in Altadis U.S.A.’s Romeo y Julieta line will take the brand to Mexico by way of a San Andrés wrapper.

Set to arrive at retail in March, the Romeo San Andrés by Romeo y Julieta will also use a Nicaraguan binder and a combination of Nicaraguan and Dominican fillers. The company calls it “medium to full in body, and bountiful in both flavor and aroma.”

It is being made at Tabacalera A.J. Fernandez Cigars de Nicaragua, located in Estelí, and is the latest in a growing number of projects between the cigar maker and the tobacco giant.

The new line will be offered in four sizes, all packaged in 20-count boxes:

  • Romeo y Julieta San Andrés Robusto (5 x 50) — $9.35
  • Romeo y Julieta San Andrés Toro (6 x 54) — $9.55
  • Romeo y Julieta San Andrés Pirámides (6 1/8 by 52) — $9.70
  • Romeo y Julieta San Andrés Short Magnum (5 1/2 by 60) — $9.85

This becomes the fourth widely released project that Abdel Fernández and Altadis U.S.A. have partnered on, joining the Gispert Intenso, Monte by Montecristo AJ Fernandez, and the H. Upmann by AJ Fernandez. Fernández has also produced cigars for Altadis U.S.A.’s Montecristo and Romeo y Julieta brands, though those went to the distributor Santa Clara, Inc., which handles catalog and internet sales.

It also adds to the list of Romeo y Julieta releases not made at Tabacalera de García; Nodal blended the ROMEO by Romeo y Julieta Aging Room Small Batch F25, which is made at Tabacalera Palma, while the Romeo 505 Nicaragua was made by Plasencia Cigars S.A.

Image courtesy of Altadis U.S.A.

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