I mentioned the Padilla Legacies in our State of the Brand Padilla, but since then, haven’t heard much on the value priced cigar. While I don’t normally post info about new cigars for catalog retailers, given that we’d already mentioned it once, presumably as a national brand, I figured it was worth the update.
What Padilla told us back then:
This is the newest project, with little information until now. Ernesto told me it’s similar to the original Padilla Hybrid, made in the Dominican Republic in a factory where Padilla started. It uses a hybrid Ecuadorian wrapper with Dominican and Nicaraguan fillers. As you can see above, it’s a modern looking design. Ernesto describes these as more medium, with a departure from his norm of usually all Nicaragua leaf. Expect these out in the spring. (Note, those are the cigars, obviously not the bands)
As most things in the cigar industry, things change. The Padilla Legacies will be exclusive to Thompson Cigar and will be available next week. It’s all AGANORSA filler with a Connecticut wrapper and made at Eduardo Fernandez’s Nicaraguan factory, i.e. not the famed Raíces Cubanas factory in Honduras.
In addition, a Maduro and Corojo version are in the work, but these will be made by Abe Flores (of Pinar Del Río) in the Dominican Republic, perhaps at Flores’ new factory.
The Padilla Legacies will join Cubao, as recent additions to Thompson’s portfolio and shows a recent aggressiveness by the oldest mail order cigar company in the U.S. — el niño diablo.