IndianHead Cigars, distributor of La Galera cigars, has announced a new product related to the brand, called Gavillero Perfecto. This new format was created under the La Galera brand (whose cigarmaker is José “Jochy” Blanco) at Tabacalera Palma, located in the Dominican Republic. Aesthetically, the cigar measures 171 mm in length; the central ring gauge measures 48 and at the ends it tapers down to 38, which is a truncated conical shape. Furthermore, the foot and the head of the cigar are both open.
Oscar Butler, director of operations for IndianHead Cigars, points out how Gavillero is a synonym of purito or a bunch of raw leaves rolled up and smoked for the purpose of sampling tobacco. In addition, he said: “Gavilleros are usually hand-pressed but, for this launch, the factory has created a special mold, so the cigar was called Gavillero Perfecto.”
The wrapper is a dark Mexican San Andrés, with a Dominican Corojo binder. Filler is all Dominican and made up of Piloto Cubano and Criollo ’98, the Dominican tobaccos used have been cultivated directly by José Blanco. Retail price has not yet been announced, the launch will presumably take place at the coming IPCPR but Butler has expressed a willingness to anticipate it. Tabacalera Palma presented a preview of the Gavillero Perfecto in February during the ProCigar festival, during one of the evening events.