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Padilla Releases Finest Hour

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Padilla Cigars has a new line of cigars en route to retailers in the coming days, dubbed Finest Hour.

It’s a line that consists of three blends, Finest Hour Oscuro, Finest Hour Habano and Finest Hour Connecticut. Each of the lines consists of the same three sizes, a 5 x 52 robusto ($7.50), 6 x 52 toro ($8.25) and a 6 x 60 ($8.90), all offered in 20-count boxes.

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The Finest Hour Habano is a Nicaraguan puro that sports a habano-seed wrapper and comes in red boxes and bands. The Oscuro line, which sports black bands, gets a Connecticut broadleaf wrapper, dual binder using Nicaraguan tobacco, and a filler of Honduran and Nicaraguan tobacco. The blue-banded Finest Hour Connecticut’s wrapper comes from Ecuador and sits atop another dual binder of Nicaraguan tobacco and a filler of Dominican and Nicaraguan leaves.

Padilla has not disclosed where the cigars are being made.

The line gets its name from a famous speech made by Winston Churchill during the Battle of France in World War II, with Nazi Germany steadily advancing through Europe and England becoming one of the last remaining forces. On June 16, after France sought an armistice, Churchill delivered the famous speech that concluded with “Let us therefore brace ourselves to our duties, and so bear ourselves, that if the British Empire and its Commonwealth last for a thousand years, men will still say, ‘This was their finest hour.'”

While it is soft launching to stores this week, the cigar will get its official release celebration on Thursday, Jan. 24 during an event at Casa De Montecristo by Prime Cigar & Whiskey Bar in Miami, Fla.

Images courtesy of Padilla Cigars Co. 

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