This month, the Viaje Exclusivo Nicaragua will return to retail shelves, as the company has announced that it will be releasing the blend in the same three sizes in which it debuted back in Oct. 2016, meaning a Robusto (5 X 52, $8.80), Toro (6 X 50, $9.04) and Double R (5 1/2 X 54, $9.44).

The company says that nothing has changed for this release, which means that it remains a Nicaraguan puro that is made at the Tabacos Valle de Jalapa S.A. (TABSA) factory in Estelí. The line is distinguishable by a blue and white band, a nod to the colors of the Nicaraguan flag, as well as a blue and white sticker of the company’s tobacco leaf logo on each box.

Viaje has also released the Exclusivo Nicaragua in two additional sizes, a 5 1/2 x 46 Corona Gorda that came out in Dec. 2016 and a 6 x 40 Petit Lancero that was released in April 2018, although they are not part of this release.

The cigars are scheduled to begin shipping on Aug. 12 alongside the new Private Keep Tangerine.

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