Falto Cigars has never been one to release a dozen new lines with three sizes each, at least as far as I can remember. Instead, the focus always seems to be on one or two cigars, perhaps a regular production release or just a limited edition with only 100 boxes produced.

Last year there were no new cigars, but instead, a new booth. This year, the basic booth structure was reused along with some of the display cases.

What changed, however, were small things like the wall graphics and display case layout. It gave it a fresh enough feel that I had to stop and look back at our 2022 coverage to check exactly what was different. In addition to the changes, this year, there was a new release in the form of the previously mentioned limited edition.

Falto La Obra Babalú Ayé

Company founder Luis Falto explained La Obra as meaning either work of art or the meaning he’s based this cigar on, the practicing of Santería. Babalú Ayé is one of the more popular Orishas of Santería, thus the full name of the cigar. While it was not mentioned, it does make me curious if we’ll see future releases using the La Obra name and switching up the Orisha moniker for another size in the blend.

  • Wrapper: Ecuador (HVA)
  • Binder: Dominican Republic (Criollo 98)
  • Filler: Dominican Republic
  • Falto La Obra Babalu Aye (5 1/2 x 52) — $8 (Box of 15, $120)

Production: 100 Boxes of 15 Cigars (1,500 Total Cigars)

Release Date: July 2023

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Brian Burt

I have been smoking cigars since 2005 and reviewing them as a hobby since 2010. Initially, I started out small with a 50-count humidor and only smoking one or two cigars a month. Not knowing anybody else that smoked cigars, it was only an occasional hobby that I took part in. In March of 2010, I joined Nublive and Cigar Asylum, connecting me with many people who also shared an interest in cigars. Reading what they had to say about brands I had never heard of, I quickly immersed myself in the boutique brands of the industry and it was then that cigars transformed from a hobby into a passion.