1 Year of Cigar Aficionado for $10 PLUS a Free Gift!

Cigars

Padilla Finest Hour Production Moves to A.J. Fernandez Factory

Aug 10, 2020 | By Thomas Pappalardo
Padilla Finest Hour Production Moves to A.J. Fernandez Factory
Photo/Padilla Cigars

Cigarmaker Ernesto Padilla has moved production of his Finest Hour cigar lines to A.J. Fernandez’s cigar factory in Estelí, Nicaragua.

The Winston Churchill-inspired Finest Hour series, which began shipping to retailers in January 2019, was previously made at an undisclosed factory in Honduras. The A.J. Fernandez-produced versions of the Finest Hour cigars are expected to begin shipping to retailers in November.

Finest Hour is currently available in three wrapper varieties: Connecticut, Oscuro and Sun Grown. Padilla and Fernandez are developing a fourth line, Finest Hour Sumatra, which is expected to start shipping early next year.

This is not the first collaboration between Padilla and Fernandez. Their relationship goes back to about 10 years ago when Fernandez was mainly a manufacturer of third-party cigars. During that time, he made several Padilla cigars under contract exclusively available online, along with the Padilla Habano line that was a brick-and-mortar exclusive.

The pair have also collaborated more recently on the Padilla Poética line, which is slated for release later this year as a tribute to Padilla’s father, the late-Cuban poet Herberto Padilla.

Padilla told Cigar Aficionado that one of the draws to working with Fernandez on this project was the large inventory of aged tobacco that Fernandez keeps in stock. Padilla also said that the blends and packaging will not change and pricing will remain in the $8 to $10 range.

Nicaragua Padilla

More in Cigars

See all
MoyaRuiz Cigars Gets a Refresh, Announces New Releases

MoyaRuiz Cigars Gets a Refresh, Announces New Releases

The creative MoyaRuiz Cigars announced it is making changes to its business including a new logo, a …

Sep 17, 2020
La Aurora Announce 107 Nicaragua for U.S. Market

La Aurora Announce 107 Nicaragua for U.S. Market

Dominican-based La Aurora S.A. is going Nicaraguan with their first-ever Nicaraguan puro, and it will …

Sep 17, 2020
E.P. Carrillo Pledge Ships, Contest Begins

E.P. Carrillo Pledge Ships, Contest Begins

E.P. Carrillo Pledge is now on its way to cigar shops nationwide, which means the affiliated contest …

Sep 14, 2020
Caldwell Charity Cigar to Benefit 9/11 First Responders

Caldwell Charity Cigar to Benefit 9/11 First Responders

Robert Caldwell of Caldwell Cigar Co., Tony Bellato of La Barba Cigar and artist Jaclyn Sears teamed …

Sep 10, 2020
Charter Oak Habano to Debut in a Few Weeks

Charter Oak Habano to Debut in a Few Weeks

Foundation Cigar Co. will soon launch Charter Oak CT Habano, a new line extension for Charter Oak, …

Sep 8, 2020
Limited-Edition Aladino Returning in November

Limited-Edition Aladino Returning in November

The Aladino Corojo Reserva No. 4, a special limited-edition cigar from JRE Tobacco Co., is returning …

Sep 2, 2020