Last year, a company by the name of Global Marketing & Distribution, made its debut in the cigar industry at the IPCPR trade show in Las Vegas. They entered into the industry with multiple brands, and besides having a number of brands, they were using multiple factories. A majority of their brands are made in the Dominican Republic at Tabacalera el Artista, but two of the brands, which have two offerings each, are made by two well known families. Kelner and Oliva. Today I look at…Continue
Mombacho announced a line extension to their existing Tierra Volcan line, which was released at a fantastic dinner event at the IPCPR 2015 in New Orleans. Last year I reviewed the Tierra Volcano Clasico and rated it a 91 AKA “Box Split”.
The Tierra Volcan is available in five vitolas. Volcanito (Cigarrito, 4-1/2x26), Corto (Short Robusto, 4x50), Clasico…Continue
The Sobremesa is the first release from Steve Saka and Dunbarton Tobacco and Trust. Steve has been involved in the cigar industry for awhile and I'm not going to get into much of that here.
For background on Steve and on the Sobremesa, I suggest you check out these videos.
I sat down with Steve at IPCPR in New Orleans this past July and he broke down the Sobremese blend in detail. He tells us about each leaf, why it was used, where it came from, etc. If you're interested…Continue
Last year, Jose Blanco released Señorial, his first line. Blanco has been in the industry for years and behind many great releases, but during those years he was with La Aurora and Joya de Nicaragua. Eventually, Blanco decided to go out on his own, and with his departure from Joya de Nicaragua and return to the Dominican Republic, he established Las Cumbres Tabaco. In the company's first year, Blanco released Señorial and Señorial 65th Anniversary. Both received much success from the online…Continue
Nashville, Tennessee: "After years of both retail Cigar sales, part-time sales, full-time sales, and many thousands of miles of travel across the Southeast and numerous other parts of the country, I now have opportunity to announce something new about which I'm extremely excited.
I will be launching "Percy Ray Cigars," named after my grandfather. Percy Ray is slated to be an annual Limited edition manufactured at Cubanacan Cigars Factory S.A. I will continue to serve the…
One of the new cigar releases for Espinosa Premium Cigars at the 205 IPCPR in New Orleans was the Especial ‘Special’. It is available in three vitolas, each in ten count boxes. It features a Mexican Capa Nega wrapper with fillers from all four major growing regions in Nicaragua: Condega, Estelí, Jalapa and Ometepe. As of September, it is now on the…Continue
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Apparently, CAO got a LOT of comments about the fact that their Flathead line (released in 2014) did not have a motorcycle themed option. Well, CAO obviously heard that complaint and they have made that option for those CAO smoking bikers out there. The Steel Horse still has the signature Flathead cap, but the cigar itself is round, instead of the box-press that the rest of the line has. Blended to be full of flavor, but not so heavy on strength, so as to make it…Continue
In 2010, a company by the name of La Palina made a return to the cigar industry. The company was not actually La Palina when it began in 1896, it was Congress Cigar Company with their first line being La Palina, but the grandson of the founder of Congress Cigar Company came back to the industry with the focus on the company's first line. That grandson is Bill Paley, and when he brought the La Palina name back to the industry, he brought…Continue
One of the booths we really enjoy going to every IPCPR is the General Cigar booth. Everything is organized and we can go from interview to interview seamlessly. One of the great people we get to talk to is Ricky Rodriguez. Ricky has been working on this cigar for 5 years so this was a much anticipated release.
They are packed in 20 count boxes and are available in three…Continue
Miami, FL – Drew Estate announced today their plans to release six new exclusive sizes for the Drew Estate Lounge at Corona Cigar Company’s Sand Lake, FL location, beginning in early September 2015. The new sizes include vitolas in the Herrera Estelí, Liga Privada No. 9, Undercrown, Natural, and Tabak Especial brand families.…Continue
The Enclave was unveiled by A.J. Fernandez Cigars at IPCPR 2015 in New Orleans and began to hit store shelves shortly thereafter. Check out the press release for ll the details behind the blend.
The Enclave, which was a collaboration between A.J. and his father Ismael Fernandez, is available in four sizes at very reasonable price…Continue
Logan sat down with Anwar to get the news and upcoming ideas from El Cedro Cigars, at IPCPR15. One of Anwar's new cigars? The Purple Dye, which comes in a Habano and Maduro style. Check out the interview and then we'll get into the Habano.
El Cedro Purple Dye…Continue
At the end of last year, it was announced that the AVO brand would be getting a makeover. Well, it was more than a a makeover. They were actually cutting back on production, adjusting prices, improving packaging and making the line more appealing to brick and mortar retailers. The…Continue
Ezra Zion Cigar Company announced the All My EX’s, in collaboration with Noel Rojas’ Aromas de Jalapa factory. It is released in 3 available vitolas. The Robusto (5”x50), Toro (6”x52) and a Lancero (7”x42).
We had the opportunity to smoke the Robusto on a dirty palate at the IPCPR 2015 in New Orleans, and I was excited to revisit it under fresh conditions.
Here’s an interview with Kyle Hoover at IPCPR 2015 in New Orleans:…Continue
The Balmoral Añejo XO is the second premium cigar released by Royal Agio in the US in the last two years. In March of 2014 Royal Agio and Drew Estate reached a distribution agreement. Since then Royal Agio has released the Balmoral Añejo 18 (IPCPR 2014 Release) and Balmoral Añejo XO.
Seth's Humidor Editorial:
Leaving The Comfort of Your Vitola
A couple of weeks ago, I heard one of the smartest things from a retailer about purchasing a cigar. Stogie Santa was talking with Nicholas Melillo about Nick's soon to be released line, El Güegüense, and they were talking about the Churchill vitola in the line. They were both talking…Continue
Sindicato is a brand that I personally, just became familiar with at the 2014 IPCPR. And I was impressed with the cigars I had for sure. The Affinity is an excellent Connecticut! Just a personal recommendation for anybody looking great $6-7 connie. But, moving on, today we are reviewing the Sindicato Miami Edition.
The Sindicato Miami Edition is a limited edition cigar, only released as a salomon. It us produced at Casa Fernandez in…Continue
At this year's trade show, Viva Republica had several items on display. One of them was the Advanced Warfare, a follow up release to Guerilla Warfare that was released in 2013. Jason Holly has stated that Advanced Warfare is intended to be a stronger or an "amped up" version of Guerilla Warfare, with the blend being composed of some Connecticut and Pennsylvania Broadleaf tobacco. Guerilla Warfare was a complex…Continue
Miami, FL – Drew Estate announced the release of their new Kentucky Fire Cured Fightn’ 69th today. The new cigar is being produced exclusively for Alliance Cigar in Hauppauge, NY.
The new Fightn’ 69th is based upon the popular Kentucky Fire Cured blend, featuring Kentucky seed tobacco, grown and fire cured in Kentucky. The new size is a 5 ½ x 52 parejo…Continue
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