It started as a single-vitola release to members of the Tobacconists’ Association of America, but the La Palina Bronze Label is about to become a three-vitola release to all retailers.

As for the two new sizes, the line will be adding both a Robusto (5 1/2 x 50, $8.99) and a Gordo (6 x 60, $11) to the existing Toro (6 1/2 x 52, $9.99) offering that first shipped in May 2017. That size had been originally announced as a limited edition with a total of 16,000 cigars being produced, split into 800 boxes of 20 cigars.

The blend and production site will remain the same; the former is a mix of a Honduran wrapper and binder, with a filler of Honduran and Nicaraguan tobacco; the latter is Plasencia’s El Paraiso factory in Danlí, Honduras, which makes a number of cigars for Rocky Patel, who collaborated with La Palina on the blend.

The company is scheduled to begin shipping the regular production sizes beginning the second week of February.

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