In October 2020, Oscar Valladares Tobacco & Co. released a lancero vitola in its 2012 by Oscar Barber Pole line as an exclusive to The Cigar Shop in the Carolinas. Now, that cigar is getting a widespread release.

The 2012 by Oscar Barber Pole Lancero measures 7 inches long with a 38 ring gauge and has both a covered foot and pigtail cap. The blend uses a Mexican San Andrés maduro leaf and a candela of undisclosed origin to create the barber pole wrapper. In addition, the binder comes from Nicaragua, while the fillers are from Honduras and Nicaragua. Valladares makes the line at his factory in Danlí, Honduras.

Pricing is set at $8 per cigar, and $80 for a 10-count box. It will begin shipping to retailers next week.

The 2012 by Oscar line gets its name as a nod to the predictions associated with 2012, namely that the thought that the world would come to an end based on some interpretations of the Mayan calendar. The line, along with other releases from Oscar Valladares, recognize the heritage of the Mayan people, particularly those from the area that is current day Honduras. It was also Valladares’ first commercially available line.

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