Like seemingly most Europeans who planned on attending the 2021 PCA Convention & Trade Show, Dr. Pablo Richard ran into difficulty getting the proper approval to travel to the U.S. to attend the event. That means that neither Richard, Patoro’s founder, nor the new company’s new U.S. release are on hand.

As for the booth, it’s part of the De Los Reyes et al. group—De Los Reyes makes Patoro—and is more or less a section of the booth. While this makes for a bit less compelling booth pictures, this is a much more efficient use of resources for a company like Patoro than having its own 10 x 10 booth.

Patoro VA XO Extra Robusto

Like many other Patoro VA XOs, this vitola was already released in Europe—more than a decade ago—but hasn’t been offered in the U.S. up until this point. Mike Wydra, the director of U.S. operations, told me the cigars are already in the U.S. and will begin shipping this month. That being said, the cigars aren’t on display in Las Vegas. Regular readers of halfwheel will know that this blend has scored very well on this site over the last couple of years and this is no exception, Brooks recently gave the cigar a 92.

  • Wrapper: Dominican Republic
  • Binder: Dominican Republic
  • Filler: Dominican Republic
  • Patoro VA XO Extra Robusto (4 23/25 x 55) — $28 (Box of 10, $280; Box of 30, $840)

Production: Regular Production

Release Date: 2010

NullDrew Estate is the official sponsor of halfwheel's coverage of the 2021 PCA Convention & Trade Show.

Charlie Minato

I am an editor and co-founder of 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.