The eponymous United Cigars Natural and Maduro lines will be transitioning from box-pressed vitolas to round sizes next month. Since the line launched in 2010, it has been sold in a box-pressed size, but the company says it has been tweaking the blend to adjust for the change in shape.

It will continue to be made at Tabacalera Magia Cubana in the Dominican Republic, but the updated blend uses Dominican tobaccos for the binder and fillers, the latter of which includes broadleaf, olor and tobacco from Quisqueya. The Natural uses an Ecuadorian habano wrapper, while the Maduro uses a Mexican San Andrés wrapper.

Both blends are offered in the same three sizes:

  • United Cigars Natural/Maduro Robusto (5 x 54) — $8 (Box of 20, $160)
  • United Cigars Natural/Maduro Toro (6 x 54) — $8.50 (Box of 20, $170)
  • United Cigars Natural/Maduro Churchill (7 x 54) — $9 (Box of 20, $180)

“I wanted to see how our United line smoked before going into the box presses,” said Oliver Nivaud, director of operations for United Cigars, in a press release. “The traditional round format experience was great, so I spent the past 18 months fine tuning the blend to enhance the flavor and have a more balanced cigar.”

The company says the updated blend will launch at TPE 2023, which takes place Feb. 22-24 in Las Vegas.

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