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At the 2016 IPCPR Trade Show, La Palina Cigars unveiled its first box-pressed offering known as the La Palina El Año 1896 Oscuro. The cigar is the latest collaboration between La Palina Cigars and Abe Flores’ PDR Cigars in the Dominican Republic.

The significance of the 1896 is that it was the year that original La Palina brand was launched by Samuel Paley, the grandfather of current La Palina owner Bill Paley. It isn’t the first time La Palina has used the 1896 year on a cigar. Back in 2010, the company released the limited edition La Palina 1896.

The La Palina El Año 1896 Oscuro consists of a Mexican San Andres wrapper over Dominican binder and fillers. The cigar is being launched in three sizes, each launched in 20 count boxes. The packaging features the new alternate La Palina “LP” logo

The 2016 IPCPR Trade Show marked a couple of firsts for La Palina Cigars. The company launched its first Nicaraguan made line with the La Palina Nicaragua. This line consisted of the La Palina Nicaragua Oscuro and the La Palina Nicaragua Connecticut, the latter being the company’s first Connecticut Shade cigar. In addition to the La Palina Nicaragua, the company also launched the La Palina Illumination out of El Titan de Bronze.

At a glance, here is a look at the La Palina El Año 1896:

Blend Profile

Wrapper: San Andres Mexican
Binder: Dominican
Filler: Dominican
Country of Origin: Dominican Republic (PDR Cigars)

Vitolas Available

Robusto: 5 x 52
Toro: 6 x 50
Belicoso: 6 1/2 x 52

Photo Credit: Cigar Coop