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IPCPR 2017: Day One

Top 10 things we learned on Day 1 at IPCPR 2017

  1. Mayor Rudy Giuliani is a bad ass. His keynote speech was what the cigar industry needed to hear from a politician in light of the recent FDA regulations.  "President Trump realizes regulations are killing businesses," he said "Let businesses operate like businesses instead of government -regulated organizations."
  2. IPCPR knows how to party. Light up the Night with General Cigar was the best ever with food, drinks, cigars, drinks, T-shirt screening, cigars, drinks and cigars. And Mombacho parties-Enough said about that. 
  3. Ventura Cigars is bringing back old favorites from their supplier and production partners in the case study line. They cleverly named them Case Studies 1-5. Try them and see if you can find your old favorites. 
  4. Unfortunately this year we lost Avo Uvezian. David off has pledged to continue with the vision AVO began long ago. 
  5. With the changing laws concerning medical cigarettes, two companies I have come up with unique products to aid those smokers. PDR's Devil's Weed (in red and dark) provides rollers with a quality tobacco leaf to use as their wrapper. Total Flame has marketed a Russian tube product that you can easily load with your own blend to make a smooth smoke. 
  6. Stepping up the presentation standards, United-A luxury brand- has perfected beautiful humidified tubes sold with their cigars
  7. Davidoff once again presented their Gold Band awards to deserving partner retailers at a press event complete with fancy hors d'oeuvres,  Champagne and of course their new Churchhill, Comacho and Avo blends.
  8. For every serious businessman's office, the new Hiram and Solomon pyramid humidor, complete with 30 of their cigars, is a must have.
  9. In a perfect example of how the cigar industry has helped the economies of multiple small countries, Crossfire Cigars has several blends whose profits roll directly back into the Dominican Republic people through hospitals, schooling and jobs.
  10. Warfighter Cigars is made up of six soldiers who bonded together to create cigars for other soldiers, naming all the cigars after calibers of ammunition. 

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STOGIEFEST 2018, Jacksonville, FL!

AROMAS CIGAR BAR & Beer House in conjunction with the Private Cigar Aficionado’s group Club Robusto is proud to announce the 7th Annual STOGIEFEST in JACKSONVILLE this March 25th.

STOGIEFEST showcases over 20 select cigar manufacturers, each providing a sample of their finest cigars complimentary to all attendees, as well as a code of high end liquor distillers providing samples of the finest adult beverages available, in conjunction with other tobacciana supportive companies culminating to offer a fun filled celebration fothe avid cigar lover and for those wanting to become one. Come learn directly from the manufacturers about the different characteristics and traits of the world’s best cigars.

VIP pre-events will be held on Friday, March 23rd, and Saturday March 24th with a complete tentative schedule posted on StogieFest.com.

Title sponsor InVestra Financial Services Wealth Management Division has made it possible to host such a grand event, which includes for each attendee complimentary cigars, spirits and craft beers from each of the following suppliers:

Cigar Sponsors:

Acid®

Aurturo Fuente® Altidas®

CAO® Cojimar® Gurkha®

La Gloria Cubano® Montesino® Perdomo®

Berger & Argenti®

H. Upmann® Tabbac® Camacho®

Hoyo De Monterey® Vega Fina®

CAO®

Romeo Y Julietta® Villiger®

Zino®

Spirits Sponsors:

Balvenie Scotch® Benriach ScotcBushmills®

Compass Box Scotch® Dalmore Scotch® Glenfiddich Scotch®

Glenmoragie Scotch® Happy Rum®

Jack Daniels Whiskey® John Barr Scotch®

Jura Scotc

Monkey Shoulder Scotch® Stranahan’s Colorado Whiskey® Three Olives Vodka®

Virginia Black®

Woodford Reserve Whiskey® YaegerMeister®

Beer Sponsors:

Intuition Ale Works

Lagunitas®

Veterans United Brewery

Atlantic Beach Brewery

Wine Sponsors:

Proximo Wine Portfolio

Other Sponsors:

CigarEvents.com

Cigar & Leisure Magazine

CigarWeekly.com

ESPN Radio

Drivelinellc.com Fields Auto Group Jaguar of Jacksonville

Land Rover of Jacksonville

Red Bull®

Stogies & Stiletto Womens Cigar Club

Smooth Draws Radio Show

Besides the huge value of receiving more than $300 worth of complimentary cigars, spirits, craft beers, great food and swag just for attending, StogieFest also offers incredible bands, a bikini contest, a free blackjack tournament and an exclusive Scotch tasting supported by distiller representatives on hand to teach the finer points of scotch. Ticket holders vote for their favorite cigar at the event by using their voting chip during the cigar hand out session.

Come to enjoy a great party, leave with enough cigars to fill your humidor!

VIP Tickets include early admission to the event as well as a private after party and meet & greet directly with the cigar and liquor manufacturers at Aromas inside the Private Members Only lounge of Club Robusto.

Circle the 25th of March on your calendar to spend the whole day at StogieFest!

For more information, visit the website at www.StogieFest.com, phone (904) 928-0515 or email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.">Info@StogieFest.com

 

Cigar Regulations and the Little Guy

PUBLISHER'S NOTE: This is a guest article by Rob McKeon of CigarZen, manufacturer of the Blüme family of products. CW makes no product endoresements as a matter of policy.

 

It’s tough out here for us cigar smokers!

As we all know, tobacco has been highly regulated and the level of those regulations seems to keep climbing, almost by the day. For cigar lovers, it seems unfair that the products we use--to relax, to de-compress, to celebrate--are becoming more and more difficult to acquire.

While we can all appreciate the government’s desire to keep tobacco far away from kids, it’s hard to see the justification behind including cigars in its recent rigorous FDA rulings which were originally intended for smokeless tobacco only. The act of cigar smoking is almost artistic in its nature, viewed as a sign of sophistication, hard work and appreciation for the craftsmanship behind each stick. While it’s easy for a teenager to get their hands on a cheap pack of cigarettes, they’re likely not going to get too far in an artisanal cigar store.

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MACANUDO CELEBRATES ITS GOLDEN ANNIVERSARY

Macanudo 50th LogoMACANUDO CELEBRATES ITS GOLDEN ANNIVERSARY

The Evolution Continues…

The year is 1968 and General Cigar Company has just purchased the Temple Hall Cigar Factory in Kingston, Jamaica. With Temple Hall, the company acquired Macanudo, a small handmade cigar brand made just for the British market. If the then-owners of General Cigar had a crystal ball, would they have predicted that in 50 years, this small brand would have evolved to become a global icon? The answer is, without question, yes.

2018 marks a major milestone for Macanudo, as the brand commemorates its 50th anniversary. Throughout the year, the brand will unleash a flurry of activity to usher in its next 50 years. Exciting and unexpected new product launches, special events and retail promotions are set to kick off this month, under the banner of The 50 Days of Macanudo.

Jose de Castro, vice president of marketing said, “In the 50 years since its launch, Macanudo remains one of the world’s most respected and best-selling handmade cigar brands. This is because Macanudo has always focused on delivering the best and most consistent experience to the cigar smoker. More recently, we took a bold step to evolve the brand by introducing the Inspirado line in the U.S., amped up our retail and consumer promotions and contemporized our logo and packaging. The result has been nothing less than a renaissance for the brand. And for cigar lovers who have been wowed by the exciting changes we’ve made to Macanudo, I’m here to tell them that they haven’t seen anything yet.”

The 50 Days of Macanudo kicks off on March 12 and runs through May 21. During this 50-day window, Macanudo fans can join the celebration by uploading photos of their most memorable Macanudo moments to the brand’s website (www.macanudo.com/50 ) and automatically be entered into win Macanudo branded merchandise, ranging from coolers to lighters, ashtrays, hats, wall signs and other limited-edition items.

Also in March-May, brick and mortar retailers who purchase any of the Macanudo promotions available at that time are automatically entered to win a $500 credit to be used toward future purchases of Macanudo cigars.

In addition to the 50 Days of Macanudo promotions, all boxes of Macanudo cigars made in 2018 will be affixed with commemorative gold guarantee seals. Special wooden signs and shelf talkers also will be appearing at fine cigar shops nationwide starting in early 2018.

The evolution of Macanudo will continue with an exciting new three-cigar collection from the brand’s top-rated Inspirado line, launching in late March. A very limited number of cigars will be seeded to cigar media and bloggers in attendance at the ProCigar show taking place in Santiago, DR on Feb. 20-24.

Industry (raw)

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I smoke cigars to Celebrate. A wedding, a birth, a promotion. A Life.

I lost my paternal Grandmother a year ago, and I celebrated.

I celebrated a life of nearly 75 years. A life of handing down love, lessons, admonishments and accolades.
She was a woman of action with a strong will and a huge heart.

I sat on the porch at the farm where we shared countless conversations - the place where she imparted her wisdom upon me.
I sat next to the black rocking chair with the word 'MA' emblazoned across the back in gold leaf. It was her throne during haying season, where she rested and surveyed the fields.
It occurred to me that I had never sat next to that chair without her sitting there next to me.
I smoked a 'Queen B' from Fuente. The name seemed fitting, and it was a solid smoke.

A few days ago, our community was rocked by the sudden passing of a childhood friend. He was my first 'best' friend.
 
 
Some of my earliest memories are of the two of us discovering the world together. We spent countless hours exploring the woods, riding our bikes, camping, and dirtbiking. We played the Hero and we played the Villain. Saturday mornings full of Thundercats and Voltron cartoons and epic GI Joe battles. We Talked. The conversations were of people yet unburdened by the weight of the world.
 
The divorce of my parents changed everything in my world, and my friendship suffered as well. I moved away, and we drifted apart. Only after his passing did I realize what that friendship really meant. He died at 34 years old in an ATV accident. His name was Jason.

Soon I will go and find him, at the spot on our dirt bike trail where we would shut the bikes down and talk. I will take a Hemmingway 'Short Story'. The name seems fitting, and it’s a solid smoke.

I will celebrate a life.

J Norton

Famous Smoke Shop Unleashes the Upgraded Cigar Monster 2.0

CigarMonster2 0 PRFamous Smoke Shop Unleashes the Upgraded Cigar Monster 2.0               

Leading Online Retailer Releases New & Improved Daily Cigar Deal Website

EASTON, PA – Famous Smoke Shop, the leading online distributor of discounted premium cigars, specializes in offering the web's widest selection of cigars at the lowest prices. Famous has just announced the release of its new and improved Cigar Monster website. The release marks 10 years of growth and success for the company’s beloved sister site and price eating monster.  Famous Smoke Shop has now utilized its advanced technological offerings to make using Cigar Monster easy and fun, all while saving its customers money.

Features Improved

Aside from a dynamic new look, cigar smokers will find several new and improved features, chiefly “Make Your Offer’, ‘Featured Monster Deals’ and ‘Daily Deals’. Formerly known as ‘Name Your Price’, Make Your Offer brings a little excitement to shopping for deals with new animations. Customers will get three attempts to make a deal, so they must choose wisely. The Cigars page is now simpler to use and features the daily deal as well as all featured deals. “Visiting the page is like a never-ending trip of deals. Monster lovers are going to love this new site,” says Fred Lunt, copywriter for Famous Smoke Shop.

A Farewell to the Cigar Monster App

Like all good things, they must one day come to an end. Due to imposing restrictions in the app market, the Cigar Monster App will no longer be active on IOS and Android app stores. While the app, debuted in 2015, has been a faithful companion to customers everywhere, it was time to move on. However, Cigar Monster’s mobile site received a generous bump and is now better than ever for customers who shop on smart phones and tablets.

 

To see Cigar Monster 2.0 click here: https://www.cigarmonster.com

 

About Famous Smoke Shop 
Famous Smoke Shop is the nation’s #1 discount retailer of premium cigars online, offering one of the largest selections of handmade cigars, machine-made cigars, cigar humidors and accessories. Famous offers the web’s lowest prices on a wide selection of cigar brands including Acid, Davidoff, Macanudo, Romeo y Julieta, Ashton, Padron, Oliva and Perdomo cigars, and many more. Famous offers their customers the best prices on all premium cigars as well as friendly and knowledgeable customer service.

Southern Draw releases Jacobs Ladder Lancero – Box Press

ignite whiteAustin, TX. – Born from the new charitable strategy, IGNITE some good and produced at the A.J. Fernandez Cigar Co. in Esteli, Nicaragua, the Jacobs Ladder Lancero makes its debut in an exclusive box pressed format known as the TOP RUNG at Casa de Montecristo which coincides with the Texas Cigar Festival. The box pressed lancero in this award winning premium cigar blend is a limited exclusive release and will be available in a number of Casa de Montecristo retail locations.

Blessed with an impressive resume since its 2017 release date, Jacobs Ladder, Lancaster 401 Broadleaf wrapper - double ligero has been honored with a number of Cigar of the Year awards including an impressive #1 Cigar of the Year by Houston’s own Toasted Foot, #2 Cigar of the Year – the Consensus by Half Wheel and #4 Cigar of the Year by Cigar Dojo, we wanted to offer a special size and an incredible representation of this bold but approachable blend as the initial release for our IGNITE charitable strategy. Let’s IGNITE some good!” said Sharon Holt of Southern Draw Cigars.

Southern Draw Cigars arrives in Houston for the Texas Cigar Festival with an announcement of this limited release. With rarity comes quality and consumers will certainly want to burn a few of these beautiful lanceros and experience the complexity and craftsmanship while they directly support the charitable cause, Operation Cigar for Warriors through generous financial and cigar contributions. Available only in the 10 count humidified jars under the IGNITE brand, the TOP RUNG is the first of five special releases scheduled for 2018.

We are excited to partner with Robert and Sharon Holt and the Southern Draw family on the release of the IGNITE project. As the largest brick and mortar cigar lounge chain in the country and the first retailer to receive and offer these for purchase, we feel that our customers will be just as excited as we are to try these exclusive items. The IGNITE jars will be first available at our Texas Cigar Festival in Houston, TX on April 14th 2018. Shortly after, you'll be able to purchase these at many of our 20 retail locations, including our newest additions in Tampa, FL. until our limited supply is gone,” stated Ernie R. Watson, Sr. Merchandise Manager, Casa de Montecristo Inc. Ernie also added an important note "We believe this is just the first of many steps in aligning Casa de Montecristo with trends and exciting projects that make this industry so unique." www.casademontecristo.com

Southern Draw Cigars remains committed to providing the highest quality products to the market and just as its done with all cigars in their line, each IGNITE jar will contain a donated 69 – percent RH pack from Boveda. “Boveda is proud to be part of this exciting and innovative IGNITE project that Southern Draw Cigars has orchestrated. Boveda believes in supporting initiatives like these that serve our US military and its veterans, grass roots charities and premium cigar rights. Each of these unique jars will be packaged with Boveda’s 2-way humidity control from the factory, ensuring the customer is provided the best smoking experience by delivering the cigars in ideal smoking condition” added Tim Swail, Executive Vice President of Sales for Boveda, Inc. an IGNITE project sponsor and the global leader in 2-way humidity control. www.bovedainc.com

Southern Draw Cigars, Casa De Montecristo and Boveda Inc. have selected Operation Cigars for Warriors (www.cigarsforwarriors.org) as the initial beneficiary of the IGNITE project.

LET ALL THINGS BE DONE WITH CHARITY”

Please direct all questions, comments and requests about IGNITE or to inquire about our future sponsorship opportunities for retail partners to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

For general information about Southern Draw Cigars, a list of retail partners and reviews, please visit us at www.southerndrawcigars.com.

Soli Deo Gloria!

Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart Brings Premium Cigar Questions in Committee

Earlier today, the question of how FDA regulates premium cigars was once again raised before members of Congress and the Administration during a House Budget Committee Hearing.  Before the committee was Mick Mulvaney, Director of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), which oversees the federal budget as well as proposed regulatory actions by government agencies

Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart (FL-25) directed a question on the FDA’s current review of how it treats and regulates premium cigars, and specifically raised his concerns that FDA be held accountable and their enactment of regulations be supported by appropriate cost-benefit analysis.  Director Mulvaney recognized that the current administration has set a new standard for application of cost-benefit analysis in terms of regulations and that OMB will ensure that the FDA meets that standard.  He also expressed that he looks forward to working with the Congressman and all stakeholders on this issue. 

IPCPR applauds Congressman Diaz-Balart for continuing to raise concerns over regulation of premium cigars.  We are also encouraged by the Director's ongoing commitment to regulatory fairness and remain committed to engaging Congress and the Administration on this critical issue.  

Southern Draw Cigars launches new charitable strategy

ignite logo

April 6th, 2018 – Austin, Texas

Teaming up with premium cigar retailers and sponsors to help select charities, Southern Draw Cigars is proud to announce its new charitable strategy as we endeavor to IGNITE some good.

Our Vision.

IGNITE, is a creative way for Southern Draw Cigars to dedicate NEW release cigars to provide hope, morale and charity to those in need. Southern Draw Cigars with its partners will join together by voluntarily assisting in all lawful ways, to support mutually agreed upon charities and causes. The primary focus will be serving:

  1. Active-duty, deployed, military veterans and their families;

  2. Premium cigar rights and cigar retail associations; and

  3. Our community’s needy, homeless and hungry, many of whom are US military veterans.

Our Values.

  1. Ambition – IGNITE partners and sponsors will be demanding of ourselves, providing our first and best cigar offerings and are each committed to increasing annual contributions for every cause we agree to support.

  2. Collaboration – INGITE partners value one another, thrive on our united resources, and will work to leverage our combined strength in making a difference, without placing the financial burden on any single party regardless of their own resources.

  3. Creativity – IGNITE is a new idea, a new approach in overcoming federal, state and local restrictions that have proven somewhat prohibitive for the premium cigar industry, to take a disciplined approach to develop sustainable options to best support our causes.

  4. Accountability – IGNITE partners take responsibility for using our combined resources effectively and efficiently, achieving quantifiable and sustainable results and being accountable to one another, and most of all, to the causes we support.

ignite 3What is IGNITE?

Southern Draw has initiated the following charitable strategy for 2018:

  1. Produced five NEW cigar offerings with custom IGNITE bands;

  2. Partnered with FIVE different premium cigar retailers;

  3. Produced 5,000 custom “IGNITE some good” jars, ½ black and ½ white each with the charities’ sticker on top and informational brochure insert;

  4. Allocated $3.75 per jar to select charities (x 5,000 jars);

  5. Retail partner commitment of $3.75 per jar to select charities (x 5,000 jars) and optional coupon for future savings;

  6. $37,500 to charities ($3.75 x 5,000 from SDC + $3.75 x 5,000 from retailers) = $37,500).

Southern Draw Cigars will provide complete transparency regarding the identity of each partner, sponsor and the amount of all contributions and the frequency of the offerings.

Current Partners and Sponsors.

Each IGNITE jar has been optimized for delivery with Boveda’s (www.bovedainc.com) patented 2-way humidity control and a freshness seal, each donated by Boveda as they increase their already generous charitable giving program.

Southern Draw Cigars and three retail partners have selected Operation Cigars for Warriors (www.cigarsforwarriors.org) as the initial beneficiary. This is a concerted effort to increase the cigar donations and monetary contributions that have seen a significant decrease since the 2016 FDA Regulations. Stockpiles of donated cigars and funds to ship the cigars to our deployed military personnel have diminished to all-time lows.

April 14 – IGNITE release #1 during the Texas Cigar Festival.

Serious Cigars and Casa de Montecristo have partnered with Southern Draw Cigars for the 1st IGNITE release, details on the NEW cigar to be announced on April 9th. https://www.casademontecristo.com/west-loop/events/texas-cigar-festival/

May 12 – IGNITE release #2 at Famous Smoke Shop & Leaf Cigar Bar.

NEW and exciting cigar release in Easton, PA, details to be announced soon. https://www.leafcigarbar.com/

Date TBD – Cigars International has selected two unique releases under the IGNITE banner, along with scheduling wo exciting events in September and November.

TBD – Q3 - 2018 IGNITE release #4 is available for retail partnership, 1,000 jars and a NEW Southern Draw Cigars release.

TBD – Q4 – 2018 IGNITE release #5 is available for retail partnership, 1,000 jars and a NEW Southern Draw Cigars release.

LET ALL THINGS BE DONE WITH CHARITY”

Please direct all questions, comments and requests about IGNITE or to inquire about our future sponsorship opportunities for retail partners to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

For general information about Southern Draw Cigars, a list of retail partners and reviews, please visit us at www.southerndrawcigars.com.

Soli Deo Gloria!

Macanudo Celebrates Its Golden Anniversary

Macanudo 50The Evolution Continues...

The year is 1968 and General Cigar Company has just purchased the Temple Hall Cigar Factory in Kingston, Jamaica. With Temple Hall, the company acquired Macanudo, a small handmade cigar brand made just for the British market. If the then-owners of General Cigar had a crystal ball, would they have predicted that in 50 years, this small brand would have evolved to become a global icon? The answer is, without question, yes.

2018 marks a major milestone for Macanudo, as the brand commemorates its 50th anniversary. Throughout the year, the brand will unleash a flurry of activity to usher in its next 50 years. Exciting and unexpected new product launches, special events and retail promotions are set to kick off this month, under the banner of The 50 Days of Macanudo.

Jose de Castro, vice president of marketing said, “In the 50 years since its launch, Macanudo remains one of the world’s most respected and best-selling handmade cigar brands. This is because Macanudo has always focused on delivering the best and most consistent experience to the cigar smoker. More recently, we took a bold step to evolve the brand by introducing the Inspirado line in the U.S., amped up our retail and consumer promotions and contemporized our logo and packaging. The result has been nothing less than a renaissance for the brand. And for cigar lovers who have been wowed by the exciting changes we’ve made to Macanudo, I’m here to tell them that they haven’t seen anything yet.”

The 50 Days of Macanudo kicks off on March 12 and runs through May 21. During this 50-day window, Macanudo fans can join the celebration by uploading photos of their most memorable Macanudo moments to the brand’s website (www.macanudo.com/50 ) and automatically be entered into win Macanudo branded merchandise, ranging from coolers to lighters, ashtrays, hats, wall signs and other limited-edition items.

Also in March-May, brick and mortar retailers who purchase any of the Macanudo promotions available at that time are automatically entered to win a $500 credit to be used toward future purchases of Macanudo cigars.

In addition to the 50 Days of Macanudo promotions, all boxes of Macanudo cigars made in 2018 will be affixed with commemorative gold guarantee seals. Special wooden signs and shelf talkers also will be appearing at fine cigar shops nationwide starting in early 2018.

The evolution of Macanudo will continue with an exciting new three-cigar collection from the brand’s top-rated Inspirado line, launching in late March. A very limited number of cigars will be seeded to cigar media and bloggers in attendance at the ProCigar show taking place in Santiago, DR on Feb. 20-24.

CAO Debuts LE Release “Zócalo”

CAO 14209 ZocBoxCAO is igniting the spirit of Mexico with a new, limited edition release that coincides with the brand’s virtual tour of the Pan American Highway.

Called Zócalo, the name for a vibrant and celebratory city square in Mexico, this is first cigar in CAO’s lineup to be made with Mexican tobacco.

CAO’s Master Blender Rick Rodriguez said, “Zócalo speaks to CAO’s spirit of going off the beaten path. We’ve never used Mexican tobacco in any of our blends, so we went bold by using a Mexican wrapper leaf. It’s a special Morron wrapper grown in the San Andrés Valley and it delivers a great, earthy flavor I know the CAO fans will love.”

The filler is entirely Nicaraguan and the binder is Cameroon. All told, the blend delivers earthy spice and subtle sweetness.

Zócalo is being made in one size only, a 6”x 60 vitola called San Andrés that maximizes the flavors of the three-country blend. Individual cigars will sell for an SRP of $8.49 apiece, and will come in brightly colored, 20-count boxes, selling for an SRP of $169.80.

Only 3,500 boxes of Zocalo have been produced, and the limited release will hit cigar shops in time for Cinco de Mayo on May 5.

For more information and to follow the CAO Pan Am Tour, visit www.caocigars.com/PanAmTour.

Starky Arias Joins AJ Fernández

ajfernandezMiami, FL, February 5, 2018– AJ Fernández Cigar Company has hired former representative of Cigar Rings, SRL, Starky Arias as its new marketing director. Arias will assume the position starting March 1, 2018.

Arias brings many years of experience in the cigar industry, ranging from creative director of many popular brands to spearheading brand concepts and launches, mainly via Cigar Rings which prints cigar bands and packaging for most of the industry.

Starky has been our go-to with most of our new brand designs and concepts, whether they are my brands or the collaborations I work on. He and I have always had an amazing working relationship and I finally asked him to join our team” says AJ Fernandez.

Starky is a key addition to the team as our company continues to grow. His experience, knowledge and creativity will lead our marketing department into the future” says company C.O.O. Selim Hanono.

“I want to thank AJ and the entire team for this wonderful and exciting opportunity. It is an honor to join the team and get to work on all of the innovative projects. I’ve seen AJ grow throughout the years and the timing is now perfect” says Arias.

Raised in Cuba and steeped in the rich tradition of the Fernandez cigar legacy, AJ Fernandez produces unparalleled premium cigars in Estelí, Nicaragua. Ensuring superior quality, the day-to-day operations at Tabacalera AJ Fernandez Cigars de Nicaragua, are managed under the watchful eye of AJ and his father Ismael. Among the world renown brands hand crafted at AJ’s factory are San Lotano, Enclave, New World, Last Call & Bellas Artes.

JEREMY JACK CIGARS RELEASES THE JJ14 LANCERO

JEREMY JACK CIGARS IS PLEASED TO ANNOUNCE THE RELEASE OF THE JJ14 LANCERO!

jjlTHE JJ14 LANCERO CONTAINS NICARAGUAN AGANORSA LEAF BINDER AND FILLER AND IS WRAPPED IN ECUADORIAN CT.  
 

AVAILABLE IN BOXES OF 20 AND READY TO SHIP NOW.

VILLIGER CIGARS TO UNVEIL THE VILLIGER LA VENCEDORA

lavencedora1The Villiger La Vencedora represents the first ever full-bodied Villiger Handmade Premium Cigar

(Miami, Florida) January 24, 2018— Villiger Cigars begins 2018, which is the 130th year anniversary of the company, with the announcement of the newest Villiger Cigar brand, the Villiger La Vencedora. The Villiger La Vencedora is the follow up blend to the Villiger La Flor De Ynclan which attained a top 10 ranking in Cigar Aficionado Magazine’s top 25 Cigars for 2017. The Villiger La Vencedora which translates to “The Victor” is the first ever full-bodied Villiger cigar, and carries a special meaning to Villiger Cigars chairman of the board, Heinrich Villiger.

The years 2016 and 2017 have served as breakthrough years for Villiger Cigars. The company mostly known for creating premium machine manufactured cigars, made a huge splash in the handmade premium market. The Villiger San’Doro Colorado, Villiger La Libertad, and the most recent, the Villiger La Flor De Ynclan have all garnered high ratings, and multiple top 25 rankings. For Heinrich Villiger, it meant it was time to unveil a legacy brand to complete the Villiger handmade premium cigar portfolio.

La vencedora Box Toro 9The Villiger La Vencedora or “The Victor” represents to Heinrich Villiger the arrival of Villiger Cigars to the premium handmade cigar segment. It was time, in his opinion, to push to the envelope and create a legacy cigar that will serve as a proper follow up to the acclaimed Villiger La Flor De Ynclan brand. This Nicaraguan puro wrapped in a beautiful Nicaraguan Habano Oscuro, boasts a potent full-bodied smoking experience, featuring highly seasoned, hearty flavors.

Heinrich Villiger said, “We are grateful for the opportunity to use our 130 years of experience to create what I feel is a very special cigar in the Villiger La Vencedora.”

Rene Castañeda President of Villiger Cigars North America stated, “We as a team feel that the Villiger La Vencedora is a palate pleasing, full-bodied, yet elegant cigar, that will satisfy the cigar connoisseur as well as the casual smoker.

lavencadoraThe Villiger La Vencedora will be expressed in three sizes:

Robusto (5x50)   MSRP: $9.00

Toro        (6x50)   MSRP: $9.50

Churchill (7x50)   MSRP: $10.00

ABOUT VILLIGER SONS LIMITED AND VILLIGER NORTH AMERICA:
Villiger Sons Limited was established in 1888 by Jean Villiger in the small town of Pfeffikon, Switzerland, where Villiger remains headquartered to this day. The company manufactures and sells more than 1.5 billion cigars annually, world-wide. Today, under the leadership of Heinrich Villiger, the company prides itself in its commitment to quality, in all their products made in many countries around the globe.

Follow the NEW Villager Cigars North America on social @VilligerCigarsNorthAmerica #TheOriginalClassic

Punch Packs a Punch!

Punch PackPunch is hitting cigar shops everywhere this month with a knockout new pouch called PACK OF PUNCH.

The mischievous Mr. Punch, the brand’s mascot had this to say, “We just got a 93 rating on one of the cigars in the Punch blue box line. That size may or may not be in the pack. You figure it out.”

The new six-pack is hitting retail this month and will sell for an SRP of $24.99. At cigar shops, the packs will be easy to spot, in a convenient counter top display featuring Mr. Punch and the brand’s signature red and blue.

PACK OF PUNCH contains some of the brand’s most popular blends and sizes, all handmade in Honduras. The pack includes these Punch classics:

Punch Champion in Natural and Double Maduro (4.5 x 60)

Punch Rare Corojo Champion (4.5 x 60)

Punch Elite (5.25 x 45)

Punch Grand Cru Robusto (5.25 x 50)

Punch Deluxe Royal Coronation (5.25 x 44)

Punch cigars are handmade in Honduras. For more information, visit www.punchcigars.com or follow Mr. Punch and his wicked musings at @punchcigars.

SOUTHERN DRAW CIGARS ANNOUNCES LIMITED-TIME EXCLUSIVE NEW RELEASE

sd1Famous Smoke Shop now delivering “Fresh Flowers” as NEW Rose of Sharon Lancero Cigars roll in

 

AUSTIN, TX and EASTON, PA – JANUARY 13, 2018 – Sharing the spotlight with Southern Draw is Famous Smoke Shop, the largest American-owned distributor of premium cigars online, which has been given an exclusive, limited-time initial release period. Last December, the Pennsylvania-based cigar retailer was also given a limited-time exclusive for the release of Southern Draw's QuickDraw Corona Gorda cigars.

“When Robert proposed having Famous Smoke Shop partner again with Southern Draw on the initial release of the Rose of Sharon Lancero, the only answer was, ‘of course!’” said Famous Smoke Shop's Director of Purchasing, Jim Charnley. “We are thankful for our ongoing partnership with Robert and Sharon and look forward to many more special projects in the future.”

 

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Cigar Dojo Collaborates with Cubariqueño on Protocol K9

DENVER, CO (TUESDAY, March 13, 2018)

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Cigar Dojo, the leader in cigar social media, and Cubariqueño, a heavy favorite in the craft cigar industry, have collaborated to introduce an intense smoking experience that manages to be all bark... and bite!

Law enforcement have been aided by man's best friend in hunting down criminals since
the middle ages, using bloodhounds for their tracking capabilities. In modern times,
more agile and powerful breeds have been selected, such as the German Shepherd,
Belgian Malinois, and Dutch Shepherd. Through extensive training, these canines are
often considered more dependable than an officer's own sidearm, using their size,
agility, and speed to apprehend criminals in some of the most dire situations.

Since launching in 2015, Cubariqueño has focused on the company founder's
backgrounds in law enforcement, debuting the fan-favorite Protocol cigar. This was
followed by the Protocol Probable Cause and Protocol Themis in successive years.

Now, using Cigar Dojo and their close ties to canine law enforcement as inspiration, the
two companies have collaborated to embody the heavy-hitting voraciousness, size, and
grace of the mighty 'fur missile', as the dogs have become known.

"This cigar has special meaning to me," commented Eric Guttormson, owner of Cigar
Dojo. "My brother-in-law is a K9 officer and has had some incredible K9 companions:
JR, Max, Thor, and his newest officer, Arrow, are an amazing benefit to the law
enforcement community. Creating a cigar project to honor these awesome animals and
their handlers means a lot to the Dojo crew."

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Protocol K9 by Cigar Dojo and Cubariqueño introduces a full-bodied pepper bomb
explosion onto the palate. As with all other Protocol cigars, this beast is crafted at the
renowned La Zona factory in Estelí. The blend is Nicaraguan through and through,
topped with a dark and oily Nicaraguan Habano Rosado wrapper. While K9 demands
your attention like a Belgian Malinois chasing down a bank robber, this Nicaraguan puro
is all business - not unlike the canines it's named after.

The cigars arrive in a short and stout 5" x 56 'Fur Missile' robusto extra vitola, being
sold exclusively through Famous Smoke Shop (online and B&M). Sales begin at 12pm
(Eastern Time) on Friday, March 23rd, through Famous' online store; there will be an
earlier start (10am) at the physical store location in Easton, PA. A limited allocation of
3,000 Protocol K9 cigars have been rolled, retailing for $89.99 per bundle of 10 cigars.
The release of Protocol K9 will coincide with a special launch event at Famous Smoke
Shop and their in-house Leaf Cigar Bar, where the Cigar Dojo staff and Cubariqueño will
be in attendance.

Bill Ives, co-owner of Cubariqueño Cigar Company commented, "Working with Cigar
Dojo has been a blessing with this project. Juan and I started out being active members
with the Dojo and to collaborate with them on a cigar is a true blessing. The Dojo is the
present and future of cigar smoking involving social media."

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Protocol K9 Breakdown

Wrapper: Nicaraguan Habano Rosado
Binder: Nicaragua
Filler: Nicaragua
Factory: La Zona
Production: Limited Edition (300 bundles of 10 cigars)
Packaging: 10-ct Bundles
Vitola: 5" x 56 'Fur Missile'
Price: $89.99 ($9/cigar)
Release: March 23, 2018

Villiger San'Doro Colorado ranked #9 of 25 by Cigar Snob Magazine

We are honored that CigarSnob Magazine ranked the Villiger San'Doro Colorado number 9 on thier list of the Top 25 Cigars of 2017. 

 

Rene Castaneda, President of Villiger North America said, " We are humbled that the team over at Cigar Snob Magazine once again included a Villiger cigar in their top 25 list. We look forward to continuing our efforts to bring the best cigars and customer service possible."

 

About the Villiger San'Doro Colorado

The name San'Doro pays homage to tobacco lore.  When Christopher Columbus brought tobacco back to Europe, it was referred to as the holy or sacred plant of India, also called San’Doro. The Ecuadoran and Nicaraguan tobaccos in this blend pair beautifully, and the San’Doro is a fine addition to the premium cigar world

The line is expressed in three vitolas:

Robusto 5 x 50

Toro 6 x 50

Churchill 7 x 50

Felix Assouline Cigars Welcomes Heather Callahan

St. Petersburg, FL – Feb. 23, 2018 – Felix Assouline, founder of Felix Assouline Cigars, announced that Heather Callahan has joined the company as its new director of sales and marketing. Her main office will remain in St. Petersburg.

I was very humbled when Felix invited me to be a key component in the growth of his company and I’m excited to help continue and grow the legacy,” said Callahan.”

Callahan will be in charge of growing and enhancing the company’s brand recognition, planning special events with Felix Assouline, attending major cigar-related events, and sales staff management, along with hiring and training sales staff and other general management responsibilities.

Callahan comes to the company with an extensive array of expertise. She has 25 years of experience in sales and marketing and 10 years in the field of finance. She began her career with Gran Habano and Drew Estate Cigars, beginning as a local sale representative and advancing to the position of national sales director.

The new director of sales and marketing has a BA from Michigan State University in Lansing, MI and an MBA from Spring Arbor University in Spring Arbor, MI. She’s a veteran of the U.S. Army Reserves and married with a blended family of four adult children, two of which are still serving actively in the U.S. military.

Felix Assouline Cigars is proud to introduce new premium cigar brands made in the company’s factory in Estelí, Nicaragua, the Capital of Tobacco. Each Assouline cigar is blended from the richest mix of tobaccos from fields in Nicaragua and Honduras and rolled in the traditional Cuban way. The company takes the time to box press its cigars to fuse the leaves together. The result is distinctly rich flavors found in every one of the company’s brands.

I have known Felix Assouline and his right hand man, D’artagnan, for three years,” said Callahan. “I have seen and tasted first-hand the love and care they put into each and every blend. Felix refuses to release any cigar before it has aged to perfection.”

Heather Callahan

Felix Assouline Cigars

Director of Sales and Marketing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. www.felixassouline.com

Galano Cigars Announces Rebrand to Xurvivor

TAMPA, Florida - December 31, 2017 - Galano Cigars announced today the business’ rebrand to Xurvivor Cigars. The move signifies the final step into the company’s evolution of the Galano Cigar brand to a modern-day luxury provider.

The company launched a new official website for all Xurvivor brands, Xurvivor.com. Existing brands include Xurvivor Cigars (previously known as Galano Cigars) and Winetification.com.

Previous Galano Cigar’s collections, including CLASICO, SELECTO, PRIMERO and EVO, will remain for sale from their online store, xurvivorcigars.com/shop, until the 2018 collections are launched, or while supplies last.

“We are excited in the direction we are heading. We experienced tremendous growth in 2017, and have much more planned for next year, including the release of our 2018 cigar collections, closer integration of our cigar and Winetification brands, and a new showroom display in Ybor City” said Joshua Candamo, President of Xurvivor.

ABOUT XURVIVOR CIGARS
Xurvivor Cigars is a brand of cigars owned by Xurvivor, a privately held company based out of Tampa, Florida. Xurvivor Cigars offer a variety of premium cigars hand rolled in Ybor City and shipped worldwide.

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