Hooten Young has released its newest cigar, the Paladin Series, which the company calls “a small tribute to the fighters of the U.S. Armed Forces.”

It is a 6 x 52 toro that uses an Ecuadorian habano claro wrapper with a Nicaraguan binder and filler. The blend was developed with the assistance of Azarías Mustafá Córdoba of Córdoba & Morales, and will be an ongoing production for the company.

It is also one of the company’s most affordable lines, priced at $8 per cigar and $160 for a box of 20 cigars that comes dressed in a camouflage design with aspects of military uniforms incorporated.

While it is debuting in one size, which began shipping to retailers this past Monday, a spokesperson for the company said that there could be more vitolas added in the future. The company also offers its products via its website.

Hooten Young was launched in the winter of 2018 by Delta Force Master Sergeant Norm Hooten and his friend Tim Young, who sought to honor friends and family, and in particular those who have served in the U.S. military. As such, the company donates 10 percent of all profits to charities that serve U.S. military veterans. In addition to cigars, the company also produces several lines of whiskey.

Images courtesy of Hooten Young.

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