Matt Ross's Blog Posts Tagged 'News' (350)

EPC Cigar Co's Response to FDA Deeming Regulation

May 9, 2016

Miami, Florida

Dear Loyal Friends and Clients,

As I am sure you are all aware, a few days ago the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced the final rule on docket FDA-2014-N-0189, which the industry has been referring to as the Deeming Rule or Option 1. Like most in the cigar industry, we are still reviewing the Rule and considering the impact this Rule will have on our manufacturing, distribution and sales processes. However, even in…


Added by Matt Ross on May 19, 2016 at 2:12pm — No Comments

Press Release: MoyaRuiz Announces Event Only Cigar - Civil Disobedience

Civil disobedience is the active, professed refusal to obey certain laws, demands and commands of a government.  A symbolic or ritualistic violation of the law. Henry David Thoreau’s image was chosen because of his essay on civil disobedience which influenced the political thoughts and actions of such figures as Tolstoy, Gandhi, and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.  Given the current state our industry is in we feel it is our duty to release a cigar that bares this name.  Civil Disobedience will…


Added by Matt Ross on May 19, 2016 at 10:15am — No Comments

Press Release: Rough Rider Sweets by IndianHead Ships

Rough Rider Sweets (Connecticut Sweet Tip) Long Filler
Wrapper: Connecticut Ecuador
Binder: Cuban Seed
Filler: Piloto Cubano, Criollo 98.…

Added by Matt Ross on May 18, 2016 at 4:24pm — No Comments

Press Release: Flor de Selva Gets A Makeover

HOLLYWOOD, FL -- Maya Selva Cigars, U.S. is officially launching the newest branding evolution of our flagship brand, Flor de Selva, complete with an updated logo, cigar ring plus footer, and streamlined box beginning June 1st, 2016



Added by Matt Ross on May 18, 2016 at 3:08pm — No Comments

Press Release: Fratello Introduces the Bianco Boxer

Springfield, VA (May 17, 2016) - Omar de Frias is proud to announce the company’s latest blend, the Bianco Boxer.  The Bianco Boxer will be soft launched at 10 locations nationwide before making its official debut at this year’s IPCPR show in Las Vegas.  “Similar to the Fratello Boxer, we modified the filler blend in the Bianco Boxer to highlight a different flavor profile from its Father the Fratello Bianco.” Said de Frias. 



Added by Matt Ross on May 18, 2016 at 9:33am — No Comments

Press Release: Save the Leaf Plans DC March

Orlando, FL, May 13th, 2016– On Thursday, May 5th, the FDA issued its ruling on deeming regulations regarding the premium cigar industry. It finalized the broad sweeping changes that will put over 35,000 small business owners and employees across the United States in jeopardy. Not including the more than 400,000 employed throughout the Latin American Countries we have developed strong continuing relationships with. Among some of the changes that these regulations would require…


Added by Matt Ross on May 16, 2016 at 7:50am — 2 Comments

Press Release: Fratello Introduces Bianco IV

Springfield, VA (May 12, 2016) - Omar de Frias is proud to announce a line extension to the Fratello Bianco line, the Bianco IV.  The Bianco blend debuted at the 2015 IPCPR New Orleans tradeshow with three vitolas:

  • Bianco I (6 ¼ x 44)
  • Bianco II (6 x 50)
  • Biacno III (5x56)



Added by Matt Ross on May 16, 2016 at 7:47am — No Comments

Press Release: Cubariqueño Cigar Company Expands its Offerings

Cubariqueño Cigar Company is proud to announce that it is releasing its second blend, Protocol Probable Cause, at the 2016 International Premium Cigar and Pipe Retailer trade show in Las Vegas.

"We are super excited to announce the Protocol Probable Cause,” stated Juan Cancel, co-founder of Cubariqueño Cigar…


Added by Matt Ross on May 16, 2016 at 7:43am — 3 Comments

Press Release: Gran Habano Announces 2nd Release From Private Humidor Selection by George Rico

Miami, Florida, May 13, 2016 – Gran Habano announces the second official release from the Private Humidor Selection by George Rico, a series of heavenly-aged cigars straight out of George’s private reserve.  The Private Humidor Selection will come from the 30,000 cigars produced and personally designated for George’s personal use since 2003, and will be eventually released in different blends and sizes.



Added by Matt Ross on May 16, 2016 at 7:30am — No Comments

Press Release: Foundation Cigar Company to Launch THE UPSETTERS with Jamaican Tobacco

Estelí, Nicaragua – May 9, 2016 – Master blender and world tobacco traveler, Nicholas Melillo, has released the next cigar in Foundation’s lineup: THE UPSETTERS, a blend of Jamaican and Nicaraguan fillers which is a travel story itself, documenting Melillo’s endless trips to tobacco fields and curing barns.…


Added by Matt Ross on May 9, 2016 at 9:11am — 2 Comments

Press Release: Drew Estate Announces 2016 Barn Smoker Event Program & Dates

Friday, May 6, 2016 — Miami, FL – Today, Drew Estate announced the 2016 Barn Smoker Program, which includes the new Florida Barn Smoker as well as the annual Connecticut Barn Smoker and Kentucky Barn Smoker. Barn Smokers are a completely unique experience, bringing the cigar smoker to the farm level, where they experience first-hand tobacco growing, processing, and finishing.…


Added by Matt Ross on May 6, 2016 at 2:35pm — No Comments

Press Release: Macanudo Inspirado Now Shipping

Macanudo’s acclaimed international blends will soon be available to cigar lovers in the U.S., with the release of two channel-exclusive collections.

Macanudo Inspirado debuted in Europe in 2014 and quickly became a global success, selling in more than 40 countries worldwide. Beginning this month, Macanudo Inspirado Orange and Macanudo Inspirado Black will be full-time additions to the Macanudo portfolio.

“The launch of Macanudo Inspirado marks another exciting milestone…


Added by Matt Ross on May 2, 2016 at 3:30pm — No Comments

Press Release: Casa de Montecristo by Prime Cigar & Whiskey Bar Announces Opening and Charity Program

(Miami, Florida) April 29, 2016- Casa De Montecristo by Prime Cigar & Whiskey Bar, is about to open in one of Miami’s most dynamic neighborhoods, where commerce and nightlife combine seamlessly. The 4,700 square foot location at the new Millicento tower, 1106 S Miami Ave Suite 202, is soon going to show the public what “sophisticated relaxation” really means. The term coined by owner-operators…


Added by Matt Ross on April 29, 2016 at 1:58pm — 1 Comment

Press Release: Espinosa Cigars & Metro Cigars to Release Cream City MKE

The Cream City MKE is a store exclusive for Metro Cigars in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The Cream City MKE will be packaged in 10ct. paper bundles and the sole vitola is a 6 x 50 Toro. The blend consist of Nicaraguan and Honduran tobaccos. The cigar is bound with a dark Nicaraguan binder and wrapped in a beautiful Ecuadorian Habano Rosado wrapper. The cigar is medium plus with good strength, a short finish and incredible complexity. Handmade at Erik Espinosa's La…


Added by Matt Ross on April 28, 2016 at 12:18pm — No Comments

Press Release: Jason Holly of Viva Republica to unveil "Ivy"

April 27, 2016 - Jason Holly will unveil the release of “Ivy” at an exclusive event at Casa de…

Added by Matt Ross on April 28, 2016 at 10:44am — 2 Comments

Press Release: Gurkha Cigars Names Eddy Guerra as New Director of Marketing

(Miami, Florida) April 26, 2016 – Gurkha Cigars, known for producing fine cigars for the sophisticated palate, hires Eddy Guerra as new Director of Marketing. Gurkha Cigars’ hiring of Eddy Guerra was a strategic move to strengthen their positon in the luxury market.

A native of…


Added by Matt Ross on April 26, 2016 at 12:10pm — No Comments

Press Release: Byron Announces New Size to Debut at IPCPR 2016

(United States) United Cigar, exclusive U.S. Distributor of Nelson Alfonso’s Selected Tobacco Brands announced today that a new Byron size will be available at the 2016 IPCPR trade show in Las Vegas on July 25, 2016. The new size is part of the Byron Serie Siglo XXI (21st Century). Other Series include Siglo XIX and XX. The Byron Elegantes will measure 55 x 6.125”and will be sold in humidified cabinets of 25. Only 200 boxes will be available for sale in the U.S. for 2016. The 5,000 cigars…


Added by Matt Ross on April 26, 2016 at 10:07am — No Comments

Fratello Begins Shipping Tray in May

Springfield, VA (April 18, 2016) – After a several delays, selected Fratello Cigars retailers should expect the receipt of the Fratello Branded Tray beginning this May.   With a slight change on its design, the Fratello Tray will not come with the secret compartment as suggested in a prior company’s release.  …


Added by Matt Ross on April 25, 2016 at 12:34pm — 1 Comment

Press Release: Gran Habano Announces Pre-Release of La Coleccion de Elegancia

Miami, Florida, April 13, 2016 – Gran Habano announces the pre-release of La Colección de Elegancia, or The Elegance Collection, a collection of Gran Habano’s best-selling Corojo #5 blend in smaller ring gauge sizes.  

Gran Habano introduces its Colección de Elegancia for the discerning smoker, seeking a…


Added by Matt Ross on April 13, 2016 at 7:07am — No Comments

Press Release: Southern Draw Cigars releases new blend - QUICKDRAW CONNECTICUT

The NEW QuickDraw Connecticut blend will complement the successful QuickDraw Ecuadorian Dark Habano and QuickDraw Pennsylvania Broadleaf blends, and was blended to provide a unique balance of body, strength and flavor not found in traditional cigars with Connecticut wrappers.



Added by Matt Ross on April 11, 2016 at 8:40am — No Comments

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