Matt Ross's Blog – May 2016 Archive (15)

Press Release: The Fratello Boxer Series is Back

Springfield, VA (May 25, 2016) – After its debut November 2015, The Fratello Boxer Series is back for father’s day. The Boxer Series will be limited in production and manufactured at Joya de Nicaragua.

“Our success with the Boxer Series prompted us to release it for Father’s day.” “We also see a great benefit of having this five pack available for our large scale events, so we are limiting the Boxer Series to Father’s day, Christmas and large Fratello Events.” Said de…


Added by Matt Ross on May 25, 2016 at 6:38pm — No Comments

Press Release: Drew Estate Announces New Florida Sun Grown “FSG” Cigar Line

Wednesday, May 25, 2016 — Miami, FL – Today, Drew Estate announced their newest brand, “Florida Sun Grown”. This new brand features tobacco grown just outside of Orlando, Florida, in partnership with Jeff Borysiewicz, owner of Corona Cigar Co. 

The new Florida Sun Grown cigar line will feature four new sizes, listed…


Added by Matt Ross on May 25, 2016 at 2:31pm — 1 Comment

Press Release: Black Label Trading Company Appoints Derek Matthews as National Sales Manager

May 24, 2016 — Black Label Trading Company is pleased to announce the appointment of Derek Matthews as their National Sales Manager for both BLTC and Black Works Studio premium cigar brands. 


Mr. Matthews, an avid cigar enthusiast and Certified Retail Tobacconist, brings years of cigar retail experience and expertise in sales and marketing, promotions, special events and management to Black…


Added by Matt Ross on May 24, 2016 at 11:13am — No Comments

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.
Lonsdale - 6 x 44  25ct box…

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

  The evolution comes as a culmination to the global success of…


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)


New vitola released July…


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 Company. “These cigars will launch at the 2016 IPCPR trade…


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.

Foundation’s debut cigar, the award-winning El…


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

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