It looks like there’s a fourth vitola of the recently released Viaje Circa ’45 Reserva — and it’s an Edición Limitada.
A number of retailers have listed a 7 x 50 Churchill vitola for sale, priced at $13.20 per cigar before taxes. It is packaged in bundles of 25, as opposed to boxes of 25 for the other cigars.
When the line was announced in late January, only three sizes were mentioned:
- Viaje Circa ’45 Reserva No. 1 (5 x 52) — $12 (Box of 25, $300)
- Viaje Circa ’45 Reserva No. 2 (6 x 54) — $12.80 (Box of 25, $320)
- Viaje Circa ’45 Reserva No. 3 (5 1/2 x 58) — $13.60 (Box of 25, $340)
Production for the above three vitolas was set at just 300 boxes per size. When Viaje has used the Edición Limitada designation on other cigars, it has meant that there are fewer cigars released than what has been made available in the other sizes. Retailers told halfwheel that they received roughly half the number of Edición Limitada compared to the other sizes.
The Viaje Circa ’45 Reserva is an updated version of the Circa ’45 blend, now using a Mexican San Andrés wrapper instead of a Nicaraguan leaf, while the Nicaraguan binder and filler that come from AGANORSA Leaf have been updated from the original to better complement the new wrapper. The cigars are made at AGANORSA Leaf’s Tabacos Valle de Jalapa S.A. factory.
The Circa ’45 line dates back to 2016 when it was introduced as an exclusive line for Europe at the Inter-tabac trade show. However, less than a year later it began showing up on the shelves of some U.S. retailers. In December 2017, the company released the Viaje Circa ’45 Maduro to U.S. retailers, and then in March 2020, the company updated the packaging for the Circa ’45 for another U.S. release.
A representative from Viaje said that he was not familiar with the Edición Limitada release.
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