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Press Release: John Drew Brands Announces Leadership Team

John Drew Brands Announces Leadership Team

Tuesday, May 23, 2017 — Wynwood, FL -

John Drew Brands announces its Leadership Team: CEO Jonathan Drew, President Nancy Berkowitz, National Sales Manager Steve Chernoff, and National Director of Brand Development Frank Moreno. In addition, John Drew Brands will partner with and be supported by Joey Reichenbach…


Added by Cigar Surgeon on May 23, 2017 at 1:48pm — No Comments

Review: Davidoff Yamasa Piramides

The Davidoff Yamasa is a project that involves the Yamasa region in the Dominican Republic. Henke Kelner, Master Blender for Davidoff, decided to try his hand at growing tobacco in an area where all others had failed.

To date I’ve managed to smoke almost every single vitola available for the Yamasa. This is the second Pirámides I’ve smoked, so I feel like I have a great sense of the vitola performance at this point.



Added by Cigar Surgeon on May 23, 2017 at 7:00am — 3 Comments

Gurkha Cigars Holding Cigar Themed Scavenger Hunt in Atlanta, GA

TAMARAC, FL— Gurkha Cigars, known for selling the finest, most expensive cigars in the world and incredible packaging, is hosting a cigar centered interactive “smokin’” scavenger hunt in Atlanta. The hunt will be held throughout Atlanta on Saturday, June 3rd , 2017, from…


Added by Trippopolis on May 22, 2017 at 12:00pm — No Comments

Ezra Zion Leaves Boutiques Unified, Begins Self-Distributing

May 15th, 2017-- After 4 years together, Ezra Zion announced today that they are leaving Botiques Unified, and will begin self-distribution, effective immediately.

"First of all let us just say, everything is good. Everybody loves everybody. We are so grateful for our friends at LJ Zucca. The years…


Added by Trippopolis on May 15, 2017 at 12:19pm — 2 Comments

Review: Hoyo de Monterrey Hoyo La Amistad

General Cigar Company unveiled a number of collaboration blends with A.J. Fernandez. What makes this project special is that AJ grew up near the Hoyo de Monterrey factory in Cuba. All the tobacco for the La Amistad also comes from A.J. Fernandez farms.

Sold in 20 count boxes, with 4 vitolas to choose from: Rothschild (4-1/2x50), Robusto (5x54), Toro (6x50), and Gigante (6x60).


Check out our interview with Elizabeth Maksim at the IPCPR 2016 in Las…


Added by Cigar Surgeon on May 15, 2017 at 7:00am — No Comments

Patina Cigars Habano and Connecticut Ship to Retailers

May 11th, 2017-- Mombacho Cigars S.A. announced today that Patina Cigars have been shipped to the US and will reach retailers later in the coming weeks.

Patina Cigars are made in partnership between Mombacho Cigars and Mo Maali, Owner of Patina Cigars and National Sales Manager…


Added by Trippopolis on May 11, 2017 at 10:53am — 1 Comment

General Appoints Sean Williams as Brand Ambassador for Cohiba

May 1, 2017 -- General Cigar announced today that the company has appointed Sean Williams as a full-time brand ambassador for Cohiba. Williams is former owner of El Primer Mundo Cigar Company, a boutique collection of highly-rated cigars made in the Dominican Republic.

“We have brought Sean on board as part of the continued expansion of our experiential platforms,” said General Cigar President Régis Broersma. “Our focus is on deepening retailer and consumer…


Added by Trippopolis on May 3, 2017 at 11:42am — No Comments

Mombacho Cigars announces Mo Maali as National Sales Manager

April 25, 2017-- Mombacho Cigars S.A. announced today that Mo Maali has been named the company’s National Sales Manager.

I'm thrilled to have Mo on board. His experience in the cigar industry will bring strength to the Mombacho Cigars organization and his extreme passion for our brands is endless. Mo has the knowledge and personality to guide our sales team and I wish him all the best,” said Mombacho President and Master Blender Claudio…


Added by Trippopolis on May 1, 2017 at 12:30pm — 1 Comment

Cubariqueño announces Protocol Themis, Probable Cause Lancero, and Guadalupe

May 1, 2017-- Cubariqueño Cigar Company is proud to announce that it is releasing its third blend, Protocol Themis, at the 2017 International Premium Cigar and Pipe Retailer trade show in Las Vegas. "We are super excited to announce the Protocol Themis,” stated Bill Ives, managing partner of Cubariqueño Cigar Company. “These cigars will launch at the 2017 IPCPR trade show with a soft launch on May 13th at our 2 year anniversary party located at Berkeley Humidor,…


Added by Trippopolis on May 1, 2017 at 10:30am — No Comments

Review: Archetype Axis Mundi Corona

The Archetype Series B was originally released in very limited quantities in July of 2016, and the second release, dubbed ‘Chapter 2’, started shipping nation wide last month.  Archetype Series B consists of 2 blends, the Axis Mundi, and Initiation, both produced by Drew Estate.…


Added by Trippopolis on April 28, 2017 at 10:00am — No Comments

Review: Crux Limitada Show Exclusive IPCPR 2016

This years Limitada is a new vitola in the same blend as 2015's PB5. The biggest difference is that the IPCPR 2016 wasn't available to just anyone. It was only available to retailers who attended the show and made an order of $1000 or more. So, this makes it hard to get production numbers and makes availability spotty.

Crux IPCPR 2016 Show Exclusive

Size: 5 x 52

Vitola: Box-Pressed Robusto Extra…


Added by 007MI6 on April 28, 2017 at 7:00am — No Comments

Espinosa Cigars announces Eminent Domain

April 27, 2017-- Espinosa cigars has announced the Eminent Domain as the second installment of their Backroom Series.

Hector Alfonso from Espinosa describes the new cigar as "A medium bodied 6x50 Toro, wrapped in a rustic Habano wrapper."…


Added by Trippopolis on April 27, 2017 at 1:16pm — No Comments

Drew Estate Ships Kentucky Fire Cured Swamp Thang & Swamp Rat

April 26, 2017 – Drew Estate announced today that the Kentucky Fire Cured Swamp Thang & Swamp Rat will start shipping in April 2017. Kentucky Fire Cured Swamp Thang and Swamp Rat were formally introduced at IPCPR 2016 and soft released at the 2016 Kentucky Barn Smoker. …


Added by Trippopolis on April 26, 2017 at 2:00pm — 2 Comments

Review: Black Works Studio Bishops Blend (2016)

Black Works Studio was opened up under Black Label Trading Company with the goal of “developing unique blends highlighting Nicaraguan tobacco”. To that end James Brown blended the Bishops Blend in 2016 to be a rich and intense experience.

Released in two vitolas, and 20 count boxes, available as a Corona Larga (6-1/4x46) or Robusto (5x48). Production was limited to just 150 boxes of each vitola for 300 total boxes.

It landed as my…


Added by Cigar Surgeon on April 25, 2017 at 7:00am — 1 Comment

Global Premium Cigars Ends Distribution with Boutiques Unified

Boutiques Unified, one of the cigar industry’s largest boutique cigar distributor, is implementing a restructure and modernization effort.      
Our goal has always been to utilize the latest technology to serve our retail partners well; to deliver great cigars as efficiently as possible. With the FDA regulations pending, all companies must do everything they…

Added by Trippopolis on April 21, 2017 at 11:10am — 2 Comments

Review: Emilio Fifteen

Emilio Fifteen


Vitola: Torpedo

Wrapper: Ecuadorian Habano

Binder: Nicaragua

Filler: Nicaragua

MSRP: $?

Cigars smoked for review: 1

Cigars for review provided by: Emilio Cigars

Note: For this review…


Added by 007MI6 on April 21, 2017 at 7:00am — 5 Comments

IPCPR 2016 B Roll

As we lead into the Cigar Federation IPCPR 2017 coverage, it’s time to release another B roll video from the previous convention.


The idea for a B roll video was first given to use from Andre Farkas of Viaje Cigars. Since the initial video was well received, we’ve decided to carry on the tradition.


IPCPR 2016 B-Roll:…


Added by Cigar Surgeon on April 17, 2017 at 10:06am — 1 Comment

Black Label Trading Company Announces Box-Pressed Last Rites Robusto for R. Field Wine Co.

April 13, 2017 — Black Label Trading Company is pleased to announce the release of Last Rites Box Press Robusto as an R. Field Wine Co. exclusive.

I’m very excited to see the return of the Last Rites Box Press Robusto. R. Field Wine Co. does a great job promoting boutique cigars in Hawaii and the Last Rites will be a great addition to their exclusive portfolio. This cigar is robust, rich and earthy with tons of complexity. Many of our customers have been…


Added by Trippopolis on April 13, 2017 at 10:33am — No Comments

Review: Byron Serie Siglo XX Londinenses

Byron Serie Siglo XX 5 Anos

Size: 5 1/2 x 54

Vitola: Londinenses

Wrapper: Undisclosed

Binder: Undisclosed



Added by Trippopolis on April 11, 2017 at 9:00am — 4 Comments

Black Label Trading Company Shipping Bishop's Blend This Week

April 10, 2017 — Black Label Trading Company is pleased to announce they are shipping Bishops Blend vintage 2017 to select retailers this week.

“It’s great to get Bishops Blend back in the market. This is a very special cigar. It is a representation of how I have grown…


Added by Trippopolis on April 10, 2017 at 9:00am — 7 Comments

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