It was supposed to come out last autumn, but the La Hacienda First Growth from Warped Cigars is finally on its way to retailers. Logistical complications delayed the release by nearly one year, and the new cigars should be on store shelves next week.
La Hacienda First Growth is a stronger version of the original La Hacienda line, even though it’s made with the same blend of all-Nicaraguan tobaccos—Corojo ’99 for the wrapper, binder and part of the filler, with Criollo ’98 also in the filler. The major difference is that First Growth uses higher-priming leaves for some added strength, including a bit of ligero, the strongest type of tobacco found on the upper portion of the plant.
Brand owner Kyle Gellis originally intended La Hacienda First Growth to be rolled at 4 inches long by 48 ring gauge, but decided to change it to 50, finding the blend more expressive in a slightly thicker format. He characterizes the cigar as being medium to full-bodied.
The cigars, which are regular-production, come in only one size, retail for $8.95 each and are packaged in slide-lid boxes of 25. They’re made in Nicaragua at the Aganorsa Leaf factory.
For a rating of La Hacienda First Growth, see an upcoming issue of Cigar Insider.