The Henry Clay War Hawk is getting a new size, as Altadis U.S.A. announced that it has begun shipping a new 7 x 56 vitola that it is calling the Henry Clay War Hawk Churchill, despite being significantly thicker than the 47 ring gauge traditionally associated with the Churchill vitola.
The company made the announcement via Cigar Aficionado, which is reporting that the cigar will retail for $9 and be offered in 25-count boxes. Like the other sizes in the line, it will use an Ecuadorian Connecticut wrapper, Connecticut broadleaf binder, and Honduran fillers, and is produced at the Flor de Copan factory in Honduras.
The Henry Clay War Hawk line was introduced in 2019, getting its name from one of the nicknames for Henry Clay, a 19th century American politician who served as both the Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives and Secretary of State. During his time in the U.S. Senate in the early 1800s, Clay earned a reputation for pushing the country to expand, oftentimes through battle, thus earning him the description of being a “war hawk.”
The line debuted in three sizes, a corona, robusto and toro, then added a lonsdale in June 2021 as an exclusive release for STOGIES World Class Cigars in Houston.
- Henry Clay War Hawk Corona (5 1/2 x 44) — 2019 — Regular Production
- Henry Clay War Hawk Robusto (5 x 54) — 2019 — Regular Production
- Henry Clay War Hawk Toro (6 x 50) — 2019 — Regular Production
- Henry Clay War Hawk Lonsdale (6 3/4 x 42) — 2021 — 180 Boxes of 25 Cigars (4,500 Total Cigars)
- Henry Clay War Hawk Churchill (7 x 56) — 2022 — Regular Production
In June 2020, the company added the War Hawk Rebellious Limited Edition, a Nicaraguan puro with a habano seed wrapper that was made by Abdel Fernández at his Tabacalera AJ Fernandez Cigars de Nicaragua S.A. factory in Estelí, Nicaragua. Production of that cigar was limited to 1,200 boxes of 20 cigars.
Update (Dec. 13, 2022) — A representative of Altadis U.S.A. confirmed the accuracy of the report by Cigar Aficionado, but declined to provide images or a press release about the new cigar, saying those were expected to be released on Wednesday.
Update (Dec. 14, 2022) — The company sent a press release and images, which have been added to the story. The company also clarified that the Churchill will be a regular production size.