Padilla Moves Finest Hour to AJ Fernandez


There will be another Padilla line coming from AJ Fernandez.

Ernesto Padilla has announced that he will move the production of the Padilla Finest Hour lines from an undisclosed factory in Honduras to Tabacalera AJ Fernandez Cigars de Nicaragua S.A.


The packaging and sizes will remain the same. The blend is also supposed to stay the same, though Padilla told halfwheel that it will use tobaccos from the AJ Fernandez inventory, meaning it likely uses the same basic tobacco varietals but the tobacco won’t be exactly the same.

Finest Hour is offered in three blends—Connecticut, Habano and Oscuro—each in the same three sizes and price points, though the price points may change for the new version.

  • Padilla Finest Hour Robusto (5 x 52) — $7.50 (Boxes of 20, $150)
  • Padilla Finest Hour Toro (6 x 52) — $8.25 (Boxes of 20, $165)
  • Padilla Finest Hour Gordo (6 x 60) — $8.90 (Boxes of 20, $178)

The name is inspired by a famous speech delivered by Sir Winston Churchill before the Battle of France.

The Padilla Finest Hour debuted in January 2019, the AJ Fernandez-made versions are expected to arrive on shelves in November. Padilla is also working the factory on a new brand called Poética which has still not arrived in stores.

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