La Sonrisa was back this year, with a couple of new things and a surprise award.
While I was covering the booth, the IPCPR team dropped by and awarded La Sonrisa with Best in Show for the Small Exhibitor 1 Booth category. It certainly took co-owner Tom Hocking by surprise, and one that he said made his day.
La Sonrisa Cigar Box Art
The first thing that was new for them at the show wasn’t a cigar, but an addition of option artwork to their boxes. Teaming up with artist Jacob Heinkel, the two pieces currently being offered are of the Guadalupe Church in Granada, Nicaragua and the other depicting one of their cigars, The Charlotte, against three tobacco leaves. The artwork adds an additional $15 to any box prices.
A tribute to the late co-founder of La Sonrisa, Wally Stealey, it is named after the fact that Stealey used to be a professor at Southern Colorado State University.
- Wrapper: Ecuador (Connecticut)
- Binder: Indonesian
- Filler: Nicaragua
- La Sonrisa El Profesor (6 x 52) — $12.95 (Boxes of 9, $115 and Boxes of 18, $225)
Production: 1,000 Total Cigars
Launch Date: July 2018