Oscar Valladares has dug into his personal vault of cigars inside his Honduran factory to release a limited edition batch of one of his first cigars, the 2012 by Oscar, as an exclusive for Serious Cigars in Houston, Texas.
That cigar was originally released as an acknowledgment of the Mayan calendar, which predicted the end of the world on Dec. 21, 2012. The line became notable as boxes of the original release contained 21 cigars, 20 with a standard cigar band and one wrapped in a tobacco leaf with a band directing the consumer to smoke the cigar on Dec. 21, 2012, making either it your last cigar or the first of a new era. The leaf-wrapped cigar has gone onto become a signature touch of Valladares’ creations.
The 2012 by Oscar Reserva Original is Honduran puro that uses tobacco from six different farms in the region, which overlaps with Mayan civilization, and is a slightly different blend from more recent versions of the 2012 by Oscar, which featured a Nicaraguan binder. Valladares has held onto 1,000 cigars from that first batch for his personal use, but recently decided to release a portion of them as an exclusive to Serious Cigars.
The cigars are toro vitolas measuring 6 x 52 and come in packs of five priced at $39.50. Just 150 packs are being released, a total of 750 cigars.