IPCPR 2017: La Palina

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While there were not as many new lines introduced by La Palina this year compared to last year, the company debut two new brands that are meant to attract a younger audience, namely the LP Number 1 and LP Number 2.

LP Number 1

Incorporating a bolder new logo and eye catching colors, the LP Number 1 features an Ecuadorian Sumatran wrapper covering a binder from Costa Rica and filler tobaccos from Honduras and Nicaragua. There are four different vitolas, all of which will ship to retailers this month.

  • Wrapper: Ecuadorian Sumatran
  • Binder: Costa Rica
  • Filler: Nicaragua and Honduras
  • LP Number 1 Gordo (6 x 60) — $11 (Boxes of 20, $220)
  • LP Number 1 Petit Corona (4 1/2 x 44) — $7.99 (Boxes of 20, $159.80)
  • LP Number 1 Robusto (5 1/2 x 50) — $9.50 (Boxes of 20, $190)
  • LP Number 1 Toro (6 1/2 x 52) — $10 (Boxes of 20, $200)

Launch Date: July 2017

LP Number 2

The LP Number 2 shares the same logo as the LP Number 1, but incorporates a different color scheme as well as a different blend, namely a wrapper from Costa Rica, a binder from Honduras and filler tobaccos from both Honduras and Nicaragua. As with the LP Number 1, there are four different vitolas, all of which will ship to retailers this month.

  • Wrapper: Costa Rica
  • Binder: Honduras
  • Filler: Nicaragua and Honduras
  • LP Number 2 Gordo (6 x 58) — $11 (Boxes of 20, $220)
  • LP Number 2 Petit Corona (4 1/2 x 44) — $7.99 (Boxes of 20, $159.80)
  • LP Number 2 Robusto (5 x 52) — $9.50 (Boxes of 20, $190)
  • LP Number 2 Toro (6 1/2 x 54) — $10 (Boxes of 20, $200)

Launch Date: July 2017

La Palina Classic Natural

Unlike most of La Palina’s other lines, the Classic Natural is produced at General Cigar Dominicana alongside the other three Classic lines.

  • Wrapper: Honduras
  • Binder: Honduras
  • Filler: Dominican Republic, Nicaragua and Honduras
  • La Palina Classic Natural Double Corona (7 1/2 x 50) — $6.99 (Boxes of 20, $139.80)
  • La Palina Classic Natural Robusto (5 1/2 x 50) — $5.99 (Boxes of 20, $119.80)
  • La Palina Classic Natural Short Robusto (4 1/2 x 50) — $5.75 (Boxes of 20, $115)
  • La Palina Classic Natural Toro (6 x 54) — $6.50 (Boxes of 20, $130)

Launch Date: July 2017

Illumination Toro

Originally named Bill’s Blend, the Illumination Toro was released last year exclusively to members of the TAA. It will be available to retailers nationwide when it ships to retailers this month, and joins four other vitolas in the Illumination line.

  • Wrapper: Ecuadorian habano
  • Binder: Ecuador
  • Filler: Dominican Republic and Nicaragua
  • La Palina Illumination Toro (6 x 50) — $12 (Boxes of 20, $240)

Launch Date: July 2017

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Brooks Whittington
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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.

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