The folks in charge at Leaf by Oscar will be the first to tell you that the rough and rustic look of its packaging - a dried tobacco leaf that's used in lieu of cellophane or rice paper - is enough to make you do a double take...but it's the beauty of the cigars underneath that matters.
Starting off as house brand cigar in Island Jim's retail store in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Leaf by Oscar was an introductory foray into the cigar manufacturing business for Oscar Valladares. With their partnership, Oscar's Initial run of 5000 cigars was made before the process of shipping them to the United States had been worked out.
Island Jim had brought a group of ten people down to Oscar's factory in Honduras, and at the time, legally, each person could bring 100 cigars home with them. This accounted for the first 1000 cigars, which Jim figured would last him long enough until he figured out the logistics to get the remaining 4000 stateside. As fate would have it, Leaf by Oscar was an instant hit. It sold so well that the initial thousand cigars sold out within the first week. The rest soon made their way to Pittsburgh and sold out within a month.
The selling continued. Additional runs gained popularity, but Jim was intent on keeping the cigars as a house only blend. By the time the 11th call made it to his phone, he knew that he had to give wings to the blends. Today, Leaf by Oscar is sold around the world.
Connecticut, Maduro, Corojo, and Sumatra are all wrapper choices for the initial blend of Leaf by Oscar and as popularity grew, Island Jim added Leaf by James, Leaf by Esteban, and Leaf by Omar to the portfolio. Order yours today at Famous Smoke Shop!