When Cubariqueno released the original Probable Cause in 2016 it was a divisive cigar among the Cigar Federation mods. I was a big fan of the powdered cocoa that the San Andres Maduro wrapper brought to the flavor profile.
When Juan Cancel told me they had a Lancero in the works, I was ecstatic to get my hands on it. Although the vitola is still a true lancero at 7-1/2”x38 RG, they’ve added a new twist by box pressing it.
This may be the longest stretch I’ve had a…Continue
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Earlier in the year I had the opportunity to smoke a number of the Rose of Sharon release from Southern Draw Cigars. That initial release sold through, and a 2nd release was debuted at the IPCPR.
The Rose of Sharon was a release dedicated to Robert’s wife:
Saturday July 8th, 2017 - Erik Espinosa announced on Kiss My Ash Radio that the Murcielago was being resurrected.
Murcileago (Spanish for 'bat') is the cigar closets to Erik Espinosa's heart. To restore the original essence of the blend, he collaborated with good friend AJ Fernandez to resurrect this classic.
Made at the San Lotano Factory in Ocotal, Nicaragua and repacked with a smart and clean design…Continue
Friday, July 7, 2017 — Miami, FL- Drew Estate debuts new initiative to its complete brand portfolio with a series of 4x32 products in 10-count tins to be displayed in Drew Estate’s booth (Booth…Continue
MoyaRuiz Cigars Inc., creators of popular boutique brands such as La Jugada and The Rake, is pleased to announce their latest blend Il Ridotto is ready to ship to retailers. The Il Ridotto was originally available in limited quantities in 2016.
From last year's press release:
Continuing in the vein of their prior game-themed releases including poker and dominos, MoyaRuiz reaches further into history for IL RIDOTTO.…Continue
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
General Cigar Appoints New Vice President of Marketing
July 7, 2017, Richmond, VA -- General Cigar is pleased to announce that José de Castro will join the company as vice president of…Continue
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Thursday, July 6, 2017 — Miami, FL - Drew Estate announces today the newest extension to the prized Undercrown Brand, the Undercrown Sun Grown.
The new Sun Grown is the third Undercrown expression, complimenting Undercrown Maduro and…
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June 6, 2017 — Black Label Trading Company is pleased to announce the fourth release of MORPHINE: Hand crafted in Esteli, Nicaragua at Fabrica Oveja Negra.
Black Label Trading Co. first released MORPHINE in June, 2014 as its first Limited Release. MORPHINE is produced by BLTC’s own factory, Fabrica…Continue
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The first Last Call started out as one of those great projects which was just an internal house blend handed out to guests who were over watching football. As per the namesake, this was the last cigar handed out to close the evening.
Originally launched in the single Geniales (4-1/2x48) vitola, a line extension was announced late 2016 adding on Pequeñas (5x46), Corticas (4x52), Flaquitas (6x46), and a Chiquitas (3-1/2x50).
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…
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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.
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…Continue
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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…Continue
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:…Continue
Released at the IPCPR 2016 in Las Vegas, the La Galera Maduro joins a portfolio that already includes Connecticut and Habano wrappers. Owned by Jochy Blanco, they are rolled out of the Tabacalera Palma factory out of the Dominican Republic.
The La Galera Maduro is offered in six vitolas: Vitola No. 1 (3-1/2x50), Pegador (6x46), Chaveta (5x50), Cabeza Caracol (7-1/4x50), Cortador (6-1/4x52), and El Lector (6x54).
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I just recently returned from another trip to Havana, my first since 2015. Having been down to Havana multiple times in the past, it’s always interesting to reflect on any changes I’ve experienced in the city.…Continue
Southern Draw Cigars ships the Rose of Sharon…
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Monday, March 20, 2017 — Miami, FL – Drew Estate announced today the expansion of their international sales team to include Stephan Qarimi as International Market Manager and Director of Travel Retail. Drew Estate…
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Friday March 17, 2017:
GRANADA, NICARAGUA. - (13 MARCH 2016). Mombacho Cigars unveiled packaging updates for their Tierra Volcán line. The update features new branding, as well as new box sizes, for Tierra Volcán. Cigars with the updated bands have already begun to hit the market and the new boxes will be available in…Continue
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March 7th, 2017:
Logan Lawler announced the formation of Cigar Federation Tobacos company today. Release as follows:
Today is a big day, some might even say historic, or at least I will. Today is the day I officially launch Cigar Federation Tobacos.…