Padrón has been incredibly quiet about new releases this year, though after we saw a black-banded cigar handed out at the Puro Sabor festival in Nicaragua in January it seemed like that was likely to be the company’s next cigar. It would make another appearance at the Tobacconists’ Association of America (TAA) meeting in May, aptly known as the Padrón Black No. 89 and coming in a 6 x 46 corona gorda vitola in both a natural and maduro wrapper offering. However, it’s not getting a wider release than that, at least not at this year’s show.

What is getting a new release is a pocket sized humidor made in collaboration with Brizard & Co.

Also of note, this year’s trade show marks the first one for Padrón without family patriarch José Orlando Padrón at the helm, who passed away in December 2017 at the age of 91.

Padrón Brizard & Co. Travel Humidor

Brizard & Co. is bringing its leather working skills to a number of cigar companies this year, including Padrón. The company has produced a limited edition, pocket friendly humidor that has a pair of removable slats to accommodate your preferred number of cigars, generally up to about three or four, depending on the ring gauge. The inside is cedar-lined, and it’s recommended to season it just like you would a humidor before beginning to use it. The seal is also quite impressive, as it takes a good tug to get the two pieces to separate. The company’s signature gold hammer is included in 18k gold on the front, while each piece is individually numbered on the bottom. The iconic signature of Jose O. Padrón has been etched into the top of the case as well.

MSRP: $350

Production: 350 pieces

Launch date: August 2018

Davidoff is the official sponsor of halfwheel's coverage of the 2018 IPCPR Convention & Trade Show.

Patrick Lagreid

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