As I approached the Oscar Valladares Tobacco & Co. booth, it looked much like it had in years past, with the yellow, circular banner hanging from the ceiling above it, a quartet of display cases, and clusters of seating areas. And of course, a good number of retailers coming by to place their orders and catch up with what was new with the company.

But as I got closer, I started noticing the number 10 being featured on the new backdrop of the booth, as well as on boxes of cigars at the front of the booth, and it hit me that this was the company’s 10th anniversary. Of course, that calls for a new cigar line to be released in celebration, which was there, and which uses tobacco from Valladares’s farms, which have become an increasing part of his company and cigarmaking operation.

Beyond that, the company released an interesting new project that will definitely get some attention for both its name and what it is lacking compared to seemingly every other cigar. As for Oscar Valladares, the person, he remains one of the most affable cigar makers on the show floor in my opinion, as he seems to talking to retailers about what is new with them as well as what is new with him and his company.

Oscar Valladares 10th Anniversary

As you might remember, Oscar Valladares’ first commercial release was called 2012, and was a nod to the Mayan calendar and the related predictions as to the end of the world that would be coming on Dec. 21, 2012. Well, here we are 10 years later, the world is still around, and Oscar Valladares is celebrating his company’s 10th anniversary. While production will be ongoing, it will also be limited in how frequently it can be produced due to the blend requiring the fillers to be aged for five years. This will also be one of Valladares’ most premium offerings to date.

  • Wrapper: Mexico & Honduras (Candela)
  • Binder: Honduras
  • Filler: Nicaragua
  • Oscar Valladares 10th Anniversary Toro (6 x 52) — $18 (Box of 10, $180)
  • Oscar Valladares 10th Anniversary Sixty (6 x 60) — $20 (Box of 10, $200)
  • Oscar Valladares 10th Anniversary Salomon (7 x 52/60) — $23 (Box of 10, $230)

Production: Regular Production

Release Date: Late September 2022

Oscar Valladares Raw Dog

Go ahead and take a moment to take in that name, much like I did when I first saw the cigar in the display case. It gets its name because it doesn’t use a wrapper leaf, so what you are seeing is the binder as the outermost leaf, which gives the cigar its distinctive look that is also reminiscent of the My Way by Bayron Duarte, which used a wrapper leaf but put it on upsidedown, so the rougher side faced outward. Since there’s no wrapper, there’s also no cap on the cigar, so you don’t need a cutter before lighting it up. If you’re concerned that the cigar won’t have as much flavor without a wrapper leaf, Valladares says the binder and filler were selected to deliver plenty of flavor. A unique and eye-catching cigar, to say the least, and certainly one of the names I’ll remember most from the show floor this year.

  • Wrapper: n/a
  • Binder: Honduras (Copan)
  • Filler: Honduras (Jamastran & Copan)
  • Oscar Valladares Raw Dog (5 x 60) — $6 (Box of 50, $300)

Production: Regular Production

Release Date: Late September 2022

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Patrick Lagreid

I strive to capture the essence of a cigar and the people behind them in my work – every cigar you light up is the culmination of the work of countless people and often represents generations of struggle and stories. For me, it’s about so much more than the cigar – it’s about the story behind it, the experience of enjoying the work of artisans and the way that a good cigar can bring people together. In addition to my work with halfwheel, I’m the public address announcer for the Colorado Rockies and Arizona Diamondbacks during spring training, as well as for the Salt River Rafters of the Arizona Fall League, the WNBA's Phoenix Mercury and previously the Arizona Rattlers of the Indoor Football League. I also work in a number of roles for Major League Baseball, plus I'm a voice over artist. Prior to joining halfwheel, I covered the Phoenix and national cigar scene for, and was an editor for Cigar Snob magazine.