Oscar Valladares Tobacco & Co. is well-known for its tobacco-leaf wrapped Leaf by Oscar line that has become a staple in humidors around the country, but for its newest release, the company is sending a dressed-up new line to Europe as an exclusive for that market.

It’s called the Santiago Valladares, a name that Oscar Valladares selected as a way to honor his son and leave a legacy in his name. As with most of Valladares’ blends, Honduran-grown tobacco is prominently featured, used for the wrapper and filler, though varietals have not been disclosed. The binder, meanwhile, comes from Nicaragua. In a press release, the company said that it used “a selection of different tobaccos that Oscar have been waiting to be ready for this blend and that he haven’t use in other of his blends before.”

The line is a regular production addition to the company’s portfolio and is produced at the company’s factory in Danlí, Honduras. It is being presented in three vitolas:

  • Santiago Valladares Hermoso (5 x 47) — €24.50 (Box of 10, €245)
  • Santiago Valladares Petit Toro (6 x 50) — €26.50 (Box of 10, €265)
  • Santiago Valladares Robusto Mágico (5 3/4 x 52) — €29.50 (Box of 10, €295)

This is the first time that Oscar Valladares has used a classic style of packaging, and adds to that by putting each cigar into its own coffin with the box.

The cigar will start to ship shortly after the conclusion of InterTaback 2023, which is happening this week in Dortmund, Germany, though the company offer a specific date.

Images courtesy of Oscar Valladares Tobacco & Co.

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