Viaje has announced that it is bringing back its original releases in the Oro and Platino lines, some of the debut cigars that helped put the company on the map when it launched 14 years ago. While the cigars are returning, though they are being given a bit of an update for their return.

Most notably, both of the lines are being produced at Tabacos Valle de Jalapa S.A. (TABSA) in Estelí, Nicaragua, the factory owned by AGANORSA Leaf. The packaging is also being updated to an 8-9-8 style stained wood box, meaning the top row of the box features eight cigars, the middle row has nine cigars, and the bottom row has eight cigars.

As for the blends, both cigars are Nicaraguan puros and are getting what the company referred to as slight modifications “to deliver a newer take on an old classic.”

Both blends are being offered in two vitolas; the Oro is available in a 5 x 52 robusto called Fuerza with an MSRP of $9.28, and a 6 x 50 toro named Delicado that is priced at $9.44. The Platino also gets a 5 x 52 robusto, though it is called Chiva but has the same MSRP of $9.28, while the Sueno is a slightly thicker toro measuring 6 x 54 and having an MSRP of $9.60 per cigar.

All four cigars are scheduled to begin shipping to retailers next week. Production numbers have not been disclosed.

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