The Index celebrates exclusive partnership with Padilla Cigars

Launched in 2021 and immediately becoming Australia’s premiere cigar retailer, The Index, founded by Hollie Taylor and Glenn Mackay, offers its discerning clientele an experience like no other. The Index’s recent exclusive distribution partnership with Miami-based Padilla Cigars is a testament to the brand’s authority and esteemed reputation within both local and international industries.

“We are very fortunate to partner with such a creative team in The Index Australia. This is the new blood the Australian market needed. We share their spirit and passion for premium cigars, and we look forward to growing the Australian market with Glenn and Hollie,” said Padilla Cigars’ founder, Ernesto Padilla. “We are in a new era for non-Cuban cigars. There is no denying that the quality and consistency of non-Cubans is growing rapidly, and now is the time to partner with like-minded distributors who support this exciting period for the industry.”

A highly celebrated boutique brand, Padilla Cigars are crafted with the finest ingredients for a bold, balanced, and classic series of cigars. Padilla’s name is an homage to Ernesto’s father – acclaimed Cuban poet and friend to Ernest Hemingway, Heberto Padilla – whose origins are in Puerta de Golpe, Pinar del Rio, the most renowned cigar producing region on Earth. Now crafted in the AJ Fernandez Factory in Nicaragua, the product stays true to its namesake DNA.

To celebrate the exclusive distribution, Padilla has crafted a one-of-a-kind cigar from his Padilla Barcelona series in a special corona size which will be a global exclusive cigar, available only at The Index. The custom cigar is available in limited numbers at or instore at The Index Maison located in Brisbane, Australia.

“We are thrilled to promote such an innovative, high quality non-Cuban brand, whose product speaks proudly to its Cuban heritage,” said Taylor of the partnership. “Storytelling and connection serve as foundational pillars for The Index, and Ernesto’s passion and commitment to storytelling was something that has always been compelling to us. He lives and breathes the history of the brand, and it’s this passion – alongside the incomparable quality of his products – that not only resonates with The Index, but will also resonate with the wider Australia market.”

Both a physical and digital atelier centered on the ritual and mindfulness of cigar appreciation, The Index stocks between 500-700 different cigars and accessories sourced across the globe, from Cuba to Nicaragua, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Mexico and Costa Rica.
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Samuel Spurr has been Cigar Journal’s Asia-Pacific contributor since his first feature on the Australian cigar scene in 2006. Regularly writing, Tweeting, and Instagramming about cigars, he’s recognized in Australia as a cigar authority and frequently hosts cigar master classes.


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