It wasn’t that long ago that José “Jochy” Blanco of Tabacalera Palma didn’t have any cigars with either his name on them; soon he will have at least five as IndianHead Cigars has announced three new lines that will debut at IPCPR.
The new lines are being released as part of the 80th anniversary of Tabacalera Palma, with two of the lines directly referencing the occasion.
The La Galera 80th Anniversary Box Pressed Limited Edition features a Mexican San Andrés wrapper, Dominican corojo binder and fillers from the Dominican Republic grown by Blanco on his Potrero farm. The line is being released in two sizes, El Lector (5 x 54, $11.50) and Cortador (6 1/8 x 52 torpedo, $11.50), with seven of each in each box.
The second line is the La Galera 1936 Box Pressed, with uses an Ecuadorian habano wrapper with La Canela-grown Dominican criollo 98 for the binder and Dominican piloto cubano and criollo 98 of the filler. This release will get six sizes, Pegador (5 1/2 x 46), Cortador (6 1/8 x 52), Chaveta (5 x 50), El Lector (6 x 54), Churchill (7 1/4 x 50) and Pilon (6 1/4 x 60). Each size will come in 21-count boxes and priced between $6.30 and $9.20.
Finally, the brand will add La Galera Maduro, which also draws extensively on tobacco grown by Blanco. His Jacagua farm is producing Dominican piloto cubano for the filler, while his Gurabo farm will contribute criollo 98. On top of that is a Dominican piloto cubano binder and a Mexican San Andrés wrapper. The line is being released in five sizes, Vitola No. 1 (3 1/2 x 50), Pegador (6 x 46), Chaveta (5 x 50), El Lector (6 x 54) and Churchill (7 1/4 x 50). All come in 20-count boxes, with single cigars priced between $4 and $6.75 before taxes.
All three of the new lines are being produced at Tabacalera Palma in the Dominican Republic and are expected to reach retail shelves before the Aug. 8 FDA deadline. They will join the previously released La Galera Habano and La Galera Connecticut, along with the previously announced American Stogies War Hunter and Rough Rider Sweets.
Cigar Aficionado was first to report on these new lines.