In the Oscar Valladares Tobacco & Co booth there’s not much branding to define it as such. Island Jim seems to dominate the booth with its branding, and Leaf by Oscar logos are easily viewable as well as being listed in the exhibitor list as such.

Despite the confusion, they were sure about the new stuff they had to offer.

Leaf by Oscar Island Jim No 2 box

Island Jim No.2
While Island Jim No.2 isn’t a new cigar, it was previously only released in limited numbers at the 2014 trade show. Now it’s in regular production and will be easier to get a hold of. The 6 1/2 x 52 torpedo is made to look like a No.2 pencil, with an oscuro wrapped torpedo tip and a strip of Connecticut wrapper just past that.

Leaf by Oscar Island Jim No 2 cigar


The rest of the cigar’s blend however is being kept a secret, and as such they are running a contest that the first person to guess the full blend will win a trip to their factory in Honduras.

It comes in boxes of 21 cigars and retails for $10.


Leaf by Oscar Big Johnny

Big Johnny
The Big Johnny is a massive 8 x 66 cigar that comes 16 to a box, retailing for $10 as well. Based on the Leaf by Oscar Maduro blend, it will be regular production and start shipping after the show.

One interesting thing to note about the cigar is the bands, which is paper made out of scrap tobacco. The big question is yes – it is smokeable, but they say it isn’t a great idea as it gives the cigar a funky taste, so you should probably just take it off like a regular band.

Leaf by Oscar The Woody

The Woody by Oscar
One of the more interesting cigars in the booth is The Woody by Oscar. As massive as the Big Johnny is, The Woody is a 21 x 80 stick that ships in a slide-top cedar box and retails for $50. It is a limited production cigar, as it’s time-intensive to roll, and is made up of a Honduran wrapper and binder, and Honduran and Nicaraguan filler.

The company’s cigars are distributed by Key Enterprises, who also distributes Mombacho Cigars S.A. in the U.S.

Davidoff is the official sponsor of halfwheel's coverage of the 2015 IPCPR Convention & Trade Show.

Brian Burt

I have been smoking cigars since 2005 and reviewing them as a hobby since 2010. Initially, I started out small with a 50-count humidor and only smoking one or two cigars a month. Not knowing anybody else that smoked cigars, it was only an occasional hobby that I took part in. In March of 2010, I joined Nublive and Cigar Asylum, connecting me with many people who also shared an interest in cigars. Reading what they had to say about brands I had never heard of, I quickly immersed myself in the boutique brands of the industry and it was then that cigars transformed from a hobby into a passion.