Ernesto Padilla showed off the next size that will be added to his Padilla Reserva line, a 5 x 43 corona slated for release in the first quarter of 2014.

Padilla Reserve Corona


(Image via Ernesto Padilla)

The Padilla Reserva line uses an Ecuadorian Habano wrapper and binder over fillers from Cuban seed Nicaraguan Corojo and Criollo. Currently, the line offers a 4 x 60 Short Robusto, 5 3/4 x 50 T0ro, 6 x 60 Double Toro and 6 x 54 Torpedo. The new Padilla Reserva Corona will have an SRP of $6.50 per stick and, assuming it is packed in 20-count boxes like the rest of the line, will cost  $130.00 per box.

It is also the first corona vitola in Padilla’s current portfolio, which includes the Reserva, Reserva Maduro, Miami 8 & 11, Miami Maduro, Vintage Reserve and Connecticut lines. The size should be no stranger to Oliva fans, as it is the same one used for the No.4 vitolas that can be found in several lines, as well as in limited releases including the Cain F 543.

Ernesto Padilla announced the Padilla Reserva line in May 2012 as part of a major overhaul of his brand’s portfolio. The cigars are being made at TABOLISA, the Estelí, Nicaragua factory home to Oliva Family of Cigars, who also distributes the Padilla line.

Update: Shortly after this story was published, Dave Wagner of Oliva Cigar Co. confirmed that they will be packed in 20-count boxes and that Padilla is working on a six-cigar sampler that will come out in Spring 2014 and feature one of the new Reserva Coronas, one Habano Robusto, one Maduro Robusto, a Padilla Vintage Reserve Churchill, and a Double Toro Padilla Connecticut.

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