The new booth is bigger and more spread out, but thankfully, the coffee bar remains. La Palina is a staple at the IPCPR Convention & Trade Show, and this year marked one it the company’s biggest ever in terms of new releases.

La Palina IPCPR 2016 Booth

Included in the lineup were three new brands, each with multiple vitolas, as well as two line extensions, including a lancero that Mr. Sam fans are going to enjoy.

La Palina Nicargua Oscuro IPCPR 2016

La Palina Nicaragua Oscuro

The first of the new releases this year is the La Palina Nicaragua Oscuro, a three vitola line composed of an Ecuadorian oscuro wrapper and Nicaraguan tobacco for the binder and fillers. The new line is being sold in boxes of 20 and should be shipping by September.

  • Wrapper: Ecuadorian oscuro
  • Binder: Nicaragua
  • Filler: Nicaragua
  • La Palina Nicaragua Oscuro Gordo (6 x 58) — $9.50 (Boxes of 20, $190)
  • La Palina Nicaragua Oscuro Robusto (5 x 52) — $7.99 (Boxes of 20, $159.80)
  • La Palina Nicaragua Oscuro Toro (6 x 50) — $8.50 (Boxes of 20, $170)

Launch Date: September 2016

Production: Regular Production

La Palina NIcarauga Connecticut

La Palina Nicaragua Connecticut

As with the oscuro-wrapped version, the La Palina Nicaragua Connecticut is being offered in the same three vitolas and uses the same Nicaraguan tobacco for the binder and fillers. However, this version is wrapped in an Ecuadorian Connecticut leaf and is also being sold in boxes of 20 that should see retailer’s shelves in September.

  • Wrapper: Ecuadorian Connecticut
  • Binder: Nicaragua
  • Filler: Nicaragua
  • La Palina Nicaragua Oscuro Gordo (6 x 58) — $9.50 (Boxes of 20, $190)
  • La Palina Nicaragua Oscuro Robusto (5 x 52) — $7.99 (Boxes of 20, $159.80)
  • La Palina Nicaragua Oscuro Toro (6 x 50) — $8.50 (Boxes of 20, $170)

Launch Date: September 2016

Production: Regular Production

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La Palina Illumination

Another new line is the Illumination, which debuted in four vitolas and is being rolled at the El Titan de Bronze factory. Blend-wise, the Illumination features an Ecuadorian habano wrapper covering an undisclosed binder and filler tobaccos hailing from both the Dominican Republic and Nicaragua. Sold in boxes of 20, the new release should be shipping this month.

  • Wrapper: Ecuadorian habano
  • Binder: n/a
  • Filler: Dominican Republic and Nicaragua
  • La Palina Illumination Belicoso (6 1/2 x 52) — $12.50 (Boxes of 20, $250)
  • La Palina Illumination Colonial (5 1/4 x 44) — $10.50 (Boxes of 20, $210)
  • La Palina Illumination Lancero (7 1/2 x 38) — $11.50 (Boxes of 20, $230)
  • La Palina Illumination Robusto (5 x 52) — $11.50 (Boxes of 20, $230)

Launch Date: Aug. 2016

Production: Regular Production

La Palina El Año 1896 IPCPR 2016

La Palina El Año 1896

Bringing up the rear on new brands for La Palina is the El Año 1896, which pays hommage to the year that the La Palina brand was founded. Available in three different sizes, the cigar is composed of a Mexican San Andrés oscuro wrapper, an undisclosed binder and filler tobaccos from the Dominican Republic and Nicaragua.

  • Wrapper: Mexican San Andrés Oscuro
  • Binder: n/a
  • Filler: Dominican Republic & Nicaragua
  • La Palina El Año 1896 Belicoso (6 1/2 x 52) — $9.99 (Boxes of 20, $199.80)
  • La Palina El Año 1896 Robusto (5 x 52) — $9.85 (Boxes of 20, $197)
  • La Palina El Año 1896 Toro (6 x 50) — $11.50 (Boxes of 20, $230)

Launch Date: October 2016

Production: Regular Production

La Palina IPCPR 2016 Mr. Sam Lancero

La Palina Mr. Sam Lancero

Along with the new brands, La Palina was showing off two new extensions, the first of which is the Mr. Sam Lancero. The regular release 7 x 38 lancero is composed of the same Ecuadorian habano wrapper and Nicaraguan fillers as the rest of the line and should be shipping this month.

  • Wrapper: Ecuadorian Habano
  • Binder: Nicaragua
  • Filler: Nicaragua
  • La Palina Mr. Sam Lancero (7 x 38) — $9.99 (Boxes of 20, $199.80)

Launch Date: August 2016

Production: Regular Production

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La Palina Kill Bill III

The final new release for La Palina is the Kill Bill III, a 4 1/2 x 54 extension in the Kill Bill lineup. Available in boxes of 30, the blend remains a Honduran corojo ’99 rosado wrapper covering a Honduran criollo ’98 binder and Nicaraguan fillers, but price and release date have not been finalized yet.

  • Wrapper: Honduran Corojo 99 Rosado
  • Binder: Honduran Criollo 98
  • Filler: Nicaragua
  • La Palina Kill Bill III (4 1/2 x 54)

Launch Date: n/a

Production: Regular Production

Davidoff is the official sponsor of halfwheel's coverage of the 2016 IPCPR Convention & Trade Show.

Brooks Whittington

I have been smoking cigars for over eight years. A documentary wedding photographer by trade, I spent seven years as a photojournalist for the Dallas Morning News and the Fort Worth Star Telegram. I started the cigar blog SmokingStogie in 2008 after realizing that there was a need for a cigar blog with better photographs and more in-depth information about each release. SmokingStogie quickly became one of the more influential cigar blogs on the internet, known for reviewing preproduction, prerelease, rare, extremely hard-to-find and expensive cigars. I am a co-founder of halfwheel and now serve as an editor for halfwheel.