July 2023

Oettinger Davidoff is using the popularity of Nicaragua in the cigar community to falsely advertise the Zino Nicaragua, a cigar released in May 2021. But naming this cigar Nicaragua is deceiving the consumer. To use Nicaragua in the name, you’d expect the cigar to at least be either made in Nicaragua, have a Nicaraguan wrapper or (and this is already a far stretch) has to be largely made with Nicaraguan tobacco. None is the case with the Zino Nicaragua, which is made in the Dominican Republic with an Ecuadorian Connecticut Shade wrapper. The binder is Nicaraguan, and only one out of the five tobaccos in the filler is Nicaraguan.
In our opinion, naming this cigar Zino Nicaragua is the same as calling a cheap Nicaraguan or Dominican cigar ‘Cuban Rounds’ to name one of the many brands that try to bank on a reputation of a certain country. It’s wrong and a big player like Davidoff should not do that. Yet they do, and they are expanding the line.

Oettinger Davidoff is excited to present the latest addition to its Zino Nicaragua line: The Zino Nicaragua Half Corona with an innovative pre-cut. With this, Zino, the cigar brand for dynamic, adventurous and always-on-the-go cigar lovers, responds to its aficionados’ needs and lifestyle: The launch underpins the brand claim “Live Life from A to Zino” once again, as the new, pre-cut format can be enjoyed spontaneously – anywhere, anytime.

After the joining of the Gordo in 2022, Oettinger Davidoff now adds the new format to the existing Zino Nicaragua line-up consisting of the Short Torpedo, Robusto, Toro and Gordo cigars. “The launch of our new pre-cut Half Corona within our Zino Nicaragua line is a logical consequence of changing lifestyles and an increased demand for flexibility and convenience from our aficionados. Our target consumers value spontaneity in their on-the-go lifestyle. The pre-cut allows them to go about their day with the option of enjoying the cigar whenever and wherever they want, as no cutter is required”, explains Edward Simon, CMO at Oettinger Davidoff. “With this launch, we continue to expand into new distribution channels, making Zino Nicaragua widely accessible for aficionados and novices.”

To support the Half Coronas’ purpose of flexibility in enjoyment, the cigars come in a handy tin of 5, which enables aficionados to carry them safely when they are on the go.
The balanced Half Corona offers the whole A to Z of flavours of the Zino Nicaragua blend in a brief enjoyment time of 20 minutes. The blend of tobaccos from Nicaragua, Ecuador, Honduras and the Dominican Republic creates a unique taste profile many aficionados have grown to love.

Launch & Availability
The new Zino Nicaragua Half Corona will be available as of 3 August 2023* at tobacconists, tobacco retailers and convenience stores.
*Launch dates and availability may vary according to country.



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