One can say that 2019 has been a quiet year for Romeo y Julieta at Altadis USA, but that is going to change this fall as the brand is going to unveil its Romeo y Julieta 1875 Connecticut Nicaragua project. The Romeo y Julieta 1875 Connecticut Nicaragua is a groundbreaking project that incorporates a Connecticut seed wrapper grown in Nicaragua. It’s believed to be the first major cigar release to use a Nicaraguan grown Connecticut Shade wrapper.

The project is a collaboration done with the Plasencia family. The wrapper is a Connecticut Shade varietal grown by the Plasencia family on their farms in Nicaragua under cheesecloth. The remainder of the blend utilizes all Nicaraguan tobaccos. The Nicaraguan-grown Connecticut Shade wrapper has thus far been an experimental crop,

The cigars come in four sizes: Bully (Robusto), Toro, Churchill, and Magnum. All are presented in 25-count boxes except the Magnum which comes in a 20-count format. Pricing ranges from 7.20 to $8.35 SRP.

Rafael Nodal, Head of Product Capability for Tabacalera USA, worked with the Plasencia family for two years on this project, “Getting to work with the Plasencia family on this cigar which uses a Connecticut seed wrapper grown in Nicaragua, is for me an honor. Having the opportunity to take the Romeo y Julieta consumer on a journey of discovering new flavors and new experiences, is a real privilege,” Nodal said in a press release.

“This cigar is intriguing,” added Nodal. “It’s not a Connecticut cigar, nor is it a Nicaragua cigar. It is the first Connecticut-Nicaragua Cigar. And that makes for a big difference.”

At a glance, here is a look at the Romeo y Julieta 1875 Connecticut Nicaragua:

Blend and Origin

Wrapper: Nicaraguan Shade-grown Connecticut
Binder: Nicaraguan
Filler: Nicaraguan
Country of Origin: Nicaragua
Factory Plasencia S.A.

Vitolas Offered

Bully: 5 x 50
Toro: 6 x 52
Magnum: 6 x 60
Churchill: 7 x 50

Update (9/16/19): Added press release quote.