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Patrick Lagreid typically handles our coverage of the La Galera booth, but this year, after our initial booth division, Patrick ended up with far more booths than everyone else. So, I took a few of the booths off Patrick’s list, and one of them was Jochy Blanco’s La Galera.

When I stopped by the first time, the booth was very busy, so I took a couple of pictures and left. Then I came back at the end of the day and the booth was even busier. As it turns out, I showed up right as La Galera was raffling off a few trips to Procigar 2022.

La Galera 85th Anniversary

This cigar is the first official blend from José Manuel Blanco, one of the sons of José “Jochy” Blanco. The younger Blanco said he actually looked at notes from his grandfather and used it to create his cigar. But there are two cigars in the box and as the name implies, the second cigar is blended by Jochy.

The top of the box functions as an ashtray.

  • Wrapper: Ecuador (Connecticut) / U.S.A. (Connecticut Broadleaf)
  • Binder: Dominican Republic (Corojo)
  • Filler: Dominican Republic (Piloto Cubano and Criollo 98)
  • La Galera 85th Anniversary Jochy Blancho’s Blend (6 x 52) — $14.50 (Box of 20, $290)
  • La Galera 85th Anniversary Jose Manuel Blanco’s Blend (6 x 52) — $14.50 (Box of 20, $290)

Production: 2,021 Boxes of 20 Cigars (40,420 Total Cigars)

Release Date: September 2021

La Galera Imperial Jade

This cigar uses a Cameroon wrapper, which seems to be showing up in more and more factories this year. Blanco told me this is from the middle cut, which is a nice disclosure. It was one of the most challenging cigars for me to photograph, though as a noted Cameroon fan, I’m very curious to try the cigar.

I normally wouldn’t do this, but here’s the front of the box, which also isn’t a great photograph.

  • Wrapper: Cameroon
  • Binder: Dominican Republic (Jacagua Criollo 98)
  • Filler: Dominican Republic (La Canela Piloto Cubano & Criollo 98)
  • La Galera Imperial Jade Corona (5 1/2 x 44) — $7 (Box of 20, $140)
  • La Galera Imperial Jade Robusto (5 1/2 x 50) — $8 (Box of 20, $160)
  • La Galera Imperial Jade Toro (6 x 52) — $9 (Box of 20, $180)
  • La Galera Imperial Jade Piramide (6 x 52) — $9.50 (Box of 20, $190)
  • La Galera Imperial Jade Churchill (7 x 47) — $9.50 (Box of 20, $190)

Production: Regular Production

Release Date: September 2021

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Charlie Minato

I am an editor and co-founder of halfwheel.com/Rueda Media, LLC. I previously co-founded and published TheCigarFeed, one of the two predecessors of halfwheel. I handle the editing of our written content, the majority of the technical aspects of the site and work with the rest of our staff on content management, business development and more. I’ve lived in most corners of the country and now entering my second stint in Dallas, Texas. I enjoy boxing, headphones, the Le Mans 24-hour, wearing sweatshirts year-round and gyros. echte liebe.