December 2016 Blog Posts (13)

Press Release: Espinosa Streamlines Operations for 2017

December 27, 2016 -- Espinosa Premium Cigars has streamlined its organization as it prepares itself for growth in 2017. It was announced that Erik Espinosa Jr. has been elevated to the position of Vice-President and Hector Alfonso Sr. has been promoted to Director of Operations for the celebrated boutique line.

Said Erik Espinosa Sr., “In 2017, Erik Jr.…


Added by Trippopolis on December 27, 2016 at 3:30pm — No Comments

Review: Villiger 1888

Villiger 1888

Size: 4.875 x 50

Vitola: Robusto

Wrapper: Ecuador…


Added by 007MI6 on December 23, 2016 at 7:00am — No Comments

Press Release: Villiger Closes Out 2016 with 15th Annual Holiday Toy Drive

 December 20, 2016—Villiger Cigars showed holiday spirit as the company partnered up with The Miami Children’s Foundation for their annual Holiday toy drive. The event took place at the historic Biltmore Hotel in Coral Gables.
The Miami Children’s Foundation benefits the Nicklaus Children’s Hospital which is South Florida’s only licensed specialty hospital, exclusively for children with more than 650 attending…

Added by Trippopolis on December 21, 2016 at 2:57pm — No Comments

Press Release: All Out Kings shipping March 2017

Tuesday, December 20, 2016 —  Caldwell Cigar Co. and Drew Estate announced today that All Out Kings would be shipping in March of 2017, slightly delayed from the anticipated shipment date of November 2016. All Out Kings is a collaborative project between the two companies that was announced early in 2016, and formally…


Added by Trippopolis on December 20, 2016 at 4:21pm — 2 Comments

Press Release: Scandinavian Tobacco Group's Craig Reynolds assumes responsibility of entire North American business

December 19, 2016 -- As of 1 January 2017, General Cigar, Cigars International, STG Lane and STG Canada reinforce their leading positions under one leadership. The change thereby improves the world-leading cigars and pipe tobacco business’ product offering across all customer segments.

“We are leading in handmade cigars, pipe tobacco and fine cut in the US. In every one of our business entities, we have specialised in bringing either handmade cigars or pipe tobacco and…


Added by Trippopolis on December 19, 2016 at 3:54pm — No Comments

Surgeon’s Top 25 of 2016, Introduction

This year has gone by faster than any I can remember in the past. The FDA legislation dropped like a storm cloud on the industry, but I remain hopeful that things will turn around in 2017.


My 2016 list will only consist of non-Cubans. While I smoke Cuban cigars, I didn’t smoke enough new releases this year to justify a separate list. I apologize to all the CC smokers out there.


The biggest struggle I find with compiling this list, is not with the cigars that…


Added by Cigar Surgeon on December 19, 2016 at 7:00am — 3 Comments

Review: La Sirena LT

La Sirena LT

Size: 6x52

Vitola: Toro

Wrapper: Ecuadorian Connecticut

Binder: Nicaraguan Habano

Filler: Dominican Republic, Honduras & Nicaragua…


Added by 007MI6 on December 16, 2016 at 7:00am — 4 Comments

Review: The Voyage By Baracoa Cigar Company

Baracoa Cigar Company released their debut cigar, The Voyage, at the IPCPR 2016 in Las Vegas. Founded by Danny Vazquez, the cigar was inspired by the adventures of Christopher Columbus.

Rolled in La Aurora, it features a Dominican Corojo wrapper from 2011, and is rolled…


Added by Cigar Surgeon on December 16, 2016 at 6:00am — No Comments

Review: Boswell Hunter's Choice

Hunter’s Choice

Company: Boswell

How Packaged: Bulk

Style: Aromatic

Tobacco Used: Black Cavendish, Burley, Virginia

Casing/Topping: Nuts & Beans…


Added by 007MI6 on December 14, 2016 at 7:00am — No Comments

Review: Rocky Patel Catch 22 Connecticut

The Catch Twenty-Two represents a line extension to the 2014 release of the original Catch Twenty-Two.

The Catch Twenty-Two Connecticut has been released in 4 sizes which mirror the original release. They’re sold in 22 count boxes, with the Rothschild coming in 50 count boxes. The Rothschild (4-1/2x50), Toro (6x52), Sixty (6x60), and the Double Corona (7-1/2x52).


Check out our interview with Rocky Patel at the IPCPR 2016 in Las Vegas:…


Added by Cigar Surgeon on December 8, 2016 at 7:00am — No Comments

Press Release: BLTC Shipping Deliverance Nocture to Retailers

December 6, 2016 — Black Label Trading Company (BLTC) is pleased to announce they are shipping DELIVERANCE NOCTURNE to select retailers this week.

The Nocturne was hand crafted at BLTC’s own factory; Fabrica Oveja Negra in Esteli, Nicaragua.

“We are excited for the second release of Deliverance Nocturne and…


Added by Cigar Federation on December 6, 2016 at 12:42pm — 1 Comment

Review: Dapper Cubo Connecticut

Cubo Cigars (by Dapper Cigar Co.) is based on a simple idea. Recreate classic Cuban profiled cigars out of Nicaragua. Although, trying to create medium-bodied cigars from a country known for it's bold and powerful tobaccos can be tough. The Connecticut uses a "Cloud-Grown", Ecuadorian Connecticut wrapper from Oliva Tobacco and Nicaraguan binder and filler from the Jalapa and Condega regions. They are produced under…


Added by 007MI6 on December 2, 2016 at 7:00am — No Comments

Review: Southern Draw Code Duello Kudzu

One of the people I missed at the IPCPR 2016 in Las Vegas this year was Robert Holt of Southern Draw cigars. With the looming FDA legislation, Robert decided to focus his attention and energies on new releases before August 8th.

The Code Duello is the result of that focus, and it’s a very interesting concept. Packaged as a two pack, the cigar is intended to be shared in a cigar duel of sorts. The purpose is to settle disputes in a civilized manner.

Available in…


Added by Cigar Surgeon on December 1, 2016 at 7:00am — No Comments

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