Beginning in late March 2019, Altadis U.S.A. will begin shipping a new blend under the company’s Henry Clay portfolio, known as Henry Clay “War Hawk.” The cigars are said to be the first in a new series titled “Immortal Trio,” with details on the remaining cigars in the series forthcoming.
Henry Clay is one of the world’s oldest remaining brands, first debuting in Cuba during the 1840s and named after American Speaker of the House, Henry Clay (1777–1852). Now operating under parent company Altadis U.S.A.’s vast umbrella, Henry Clay has become known for the brand’s usage of Broadleaf tobacco (most often featured as the wrapper), with production coming out of the Dominican Republic.
But with Henry Clay ‘War Hawk,’ the concept focuses on the statesman’s participation in the “War Hawk” faction, described as “one who favors war as an ultimate resolution of a conflict.” As such, the Henry Clay ‘War Hawk’ bucks the brand’s Broadleaf trend, opting to showcase a fine-tuned Ecuadorian Connecticut leaf in its place.
Henry Clay, who rose to Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives in the early 1800s, was known above all, as a staunch U.S. nationalist. He was the leading voice among several young members of Congress who boldly applied pressure on President James Madison to defend the young nation by declaring war against Britain in 1812. Clay believed strongly that military force was the only option left to fight British imperiousness. The term “War Hawk” was coined and now used in political circles to describe one who favors war as an ultimate resolution of a conflict.
Joining the Ecuadorian wrapper are fillers from Honduras and a Broadleaf binder, showcasing a medium-bodied profile that offers unique complexity and delicate spice at the forefront. Debuting later this month, the cigars will arrive in three sizes: Corona (5½” x 44 | $7), Robusto (5″ x 54 | $7.50), and Toro (6″ x 50 | $8).