Oscar Valladares’ signature The Oscar line is getting a new Connecticut version that will debut at next month’s Premium Cigar Association (PCA) Convention & Trade Show.

The new line will use a Honduran Connecticut wrapper atop a Honduran binder and fillers from Honduras and Nicaragua. The lower two-thirds of the cigar will be covered in a candela leaf, a design and packaging aesthetic that has become a signature of Oscar Valladares’ packaging. It is being offered in three vitolas:

  • The Oscar Connecticut Robusto (5 x 50)  — $11.80 (Box of 11, $129.80)
  • The Oscar Connecticut Toro (6 x 52) — $12.90 (Box of 11, $141.90)
  • The Oscar Connecticut Sixty (6 x 60) — $14 (Box of 11, $154)

All three sizes come in 11-count boxes that are designed to look like cigar molds, at least from the outside. The channels for individual cigars do not go all the way through the box, so the cigars sit side-by-side. Oscar Valladres Tobacco & Co. produces its cigars at its own factory in Danlí, Honduras.

The Oscar line debuted at the 2016 IPCPR Convention & Trade Show with a blend that uses an Ecuadorian habano wrapper over a Honduran binder and Nicaraguan fillers. Over time, the cigar came to be known as The Oscar Habano, as in 2017, the company added The Oscar Maduro, which swapped out the wrapper for a Mexican San Andrés maduro leaf while the binder still comes from Honduras and the filler uses a mix of Honduran and Nicaraguan tobaccos.

The Oscar Connecticut is a regular production line that is scheduled to ship to retailers in mid-to-late July.

Image courtesy of Oscar Valladares Tobacco & Co.

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