For the last two years, Ernesto Padilla has been in the Oliva Cigar Co. booth due to a distribution agreement that ended last year. This year, he was back in his own digs, but a similar message: people want a good six dollar cigar.

Padilla La Pilar

La Pilar
It’s four sizes priced from around $6-8 and made at Tabacalera Aguilar, the factory Padilla used when making the original Padilla 68. It uses an Ecuadorian habano oscuro wrapper, Nicaraguan binder and fillers from the Dominican Republic and Nicaragua. Earlier this year, Patrick Lagreid rated the toro size a 92.

Padilla San Andres

Padilla Corojo, Criollo & San Andrés
It’s three separate lines from Raíces Cubanas in Honduras. Each line is offered in the same four sizes: Robusto (5 x 54, $6), Toro (6 1/2 x 54, $6.50) and Double Toro (6 x 60, $7).

Padilla Corojo 1


Padilla Corojo 2

Each is packaged in 20-count boxes.

Padilla IPCPR 2015 booth

Both La Pilar and the three lines from Raíces will begin shipping the second week of August according to Padilla.

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

Charlie Minato

I am an editor and co-founder of Media, LLC. I previously co-founded and published TheCigarFeed, one of the two predecessors of halfwheel. I handle the editing of our written content, the majority of the technical aspects of the site and work with the rest of our staff on content management, business development and more. I’ve lived in most corners of the country and now entering my second stint in Dallas, Texas. I enjoy boxing, headphones, the Le Mans 24-hour, wearing sweatshirts year-round and gyros. echte liebe.