La Palina has begun the widespread release of the first two cigars in its new Numbers Series, which was shown off at the IPCPR Convention & Trade Show in July. The company is calling it “a new look and taste” for the La Palina portfolio.

LP Number 1 uses a Ecuadorian Sumatran wrapper, Costa Rican binder and fillers from Nicaragua and Honduras. It is being released in four sizes, all of which come in 20-count boxes. The company calls it medium bodied, smooth and creamy, blend with hints of white pepper spice.

  • 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)

LP Number 2 selects a Costa Rican leaf for its wrapper, placing it over a Honduran binder and fillers from Nicaragua and Honduras for a more full-bodied blend. It comes in four sizes as well, again in 20-count boxes:

  • 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)

Both lines are made at the El Paraiso factory in Honduras, which is owned by Nestor Plasencia. The Numbers Series was expected to begin shipping to retailers at the end of July.

“We are extremely pleased to include the LP Number 1 and 2 as permanent offerings of our continuously expanding, and diverse, portfolio of premium and ultra-premium hand-rolled cigars,” said Bill Paley, La Palina’s owner, via a press release.

Cigar images courtesy of La Palina.

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