While the first project under Jochy Blanco’s recently acquired Indianhead brand was expected to be on its way to retailers by now, it looks like La Galera won’t begin arriving until after the first of the year.

A company spokesperson told halfwheel today that paperwork issues have slowed the process of getting the cigars into the U.S. down, and they are now forecasting that the first batch of cigars will be on store shelves in mid-January.

La Galera is being released in two versions, one with an Ecuadorian habano wrapper and the other with an Ecuadorian Connecticut leaf. Both use a Dominican corojo binder with a filler blend of Dominican piloto cubano, criollo ’98 and pelo de oro, with everything but the wrapper grown by Blanco. The cigars are being made at Blanco’s Tabacalera Palma factory in the Dominican Republic as well.

La Galera Habano

La Galera Connecticut

Interestingly, the packaging is slightly different for the two versions, as a company representative said that boxes of the habano version will hold 21 sticks, while boxes of the Connecticut will have 20.

La Galera Connecticut Box

La Galera Habano box


The La Galera Habano is being released in four sizes, Chaveta (5 x 50, $6.20), El Lector (6 x 54, $7), Cortador (6 1/2 x 52 torpedo, $7) and Pilones (6 1/4 x 60, $8.20). The Connecticut version is being released in five sizes, Chaveta (5 1/8 x 50, $4.95), El Lector (6 x 54, $5.75), Tabaquero Presidente (7 1/4 x 50, $6), Cortador (6 1/8 x 52 torpedo, $5.75) and Pilone (5 1/4 x 60, $6.10). Blanco is working on three new sizes in each blend for the European market according to a spokesperson.

La Galera is the first new line that Blanco is releasing under the Indianhead Distributors brand, which he acquired in late October from Bill Bock and is known for its value-based offerings, including Plasencia Organica, Cuban Twist, Dannemann’s and Dynamite.


Patrick Lagreid

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