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August 31, 2011 Edgar Cullman

Cigar Weekly member Zman, brings a short reminder of the life of cigar industrly legend Edgar Cullman. This remembrance was taken from Zman's posts in the Smokin Post, Cigar Weekly Community Forums and Discussion Groups. Read more...
August 31, 2011 Jose Blanco now Senior VP at Joya de Nicaragua

The esteemed José Blanco, the former director of sales for La Aurora has moved from the Dominican Republic to Nicaragua. Blanco, 61, retired from the oldest cigar company in the Dominican in June after 29 years with company. At the time, it was believed Blanco would not stay idle long and today, Dr. Alejandro Martinez-Cuenca announced that Blanco was joining Nicaragua’s oldest cigar company as Senior Vice President. Read more...
August 16, 2011 CW Member Review Gurkha Cellar Reserve XO

CW Member Jacob Krell (jsnake) submits this Member Review of the 6x60 XO model of the Gurkha Cellar Reserve Line. Orignally posted on jsnake's blog and the Reviews Forum of Cigar Weekly, this review was chosen by the editor for publication. Read more...
March 21, 2011 Cigar Paradise in Nicaragua!

Join Cigar Weekly's Contributing Editor Neil Noffsinger (Roadhawg) for his description of a memorable four-day cigar lover’s tour of Esteli, Nicaragua - one of the great tobacco growing regions. Read more...
February 14, 2011 Ybor City Cigar Festival 2010

CW Contributing Editor Tom Chapman (tchapchap) traveled again to Tampa to attend the Ybor City Cigar Festival. He writes to update us on this year's festivities. Read more...
November 10, 2010 The Perfect Review?

CW Contributing Editor Jason Bolt (jb) outlines for us a recipe for constructing the perfect review of a cigar. As it turns out, the environment you smoke the cigar in may have more impact on your enjoyment of it (or lack thereof) than you might think. Read more...
August 16, 2010 IPCPR - Bayou Style!

Cigar Weekly Contributing Editor Frank Seltzer (Mowee) brings his impressions, high points and low points of this year's International Premium Cigar and Pipe Retailers trade show from New Orleans, Louisiana. Read more...
August 16, 2010 Local Flavors #4: Mike's Cigar Room, Conroe, Texas

Although there are many 'seasoned' CW members, there are also those who are fairly new to our wonderful world of cigars and related topics. This installment of Local Flavors provides the opportunity for some great perspective from a man who has been involved with cigars, pipes and tobacco since he fired up his first pipe in college in 1975! He has survived the 'Bust Years' as well as enjoyed the 'Boom Years', and has a unique view on business that may surprise you. Recently, CW Contributing Editor Neil Noffsinger (Roadhawg) sat down with Mike McCoy, owner of Mike’s Cigar Room in Conroe, Texas (a northern suburb of Houston), to fire one up and learn about the history and current success of a true cigar B&M entrepreneur. Read more...
June 25, 2010 Steven John Faccenda-Toje 1957 to 2010

Cigar Weekly has recently felt the keen sting of loss. One of our giants has been called home, at 53 years old, altogether too early of an age, as we count years. His family, still young, and growing; he and his wife were looking forward to many more years together. We have lost a friend, a brother, a fellow lover of the leaf. We have lost a man who did more to build the community of Cigar Weekly than almost anyone else, with the exception of founder Daniel Bienkowski (DanB) and current ownership. May Toje, rest in God's Peace. Read more...
June 15, 2010 Review: Adorini Sorrente Deluxe Humidor, Part One

Cigar Weekly Contributing Editor Tim Hartmann (xrundog) is intimately familiar with the construction and repair of humidors. Tim was recently asked to receive and review one of Adorini's new humidors. This article comprises Part One of a two part series. (Tim will be sending the humidor on to another CW member for a further review to be published here later.) Read more...
March 26, 2010 The Smokers Strike Back

CW Contributing Editor Frank Seltzer recently attended the third annual Pro Cigar Festival held in the Dominican Republic. In addition to getting an inside look at cigar-making operations, attendees were also treated to the fine arts of blending tobacco for cigars. Read more...
February 10, 2010 A tour of Ybor City's Cigar Heritage

CW Contributing Editor Tom Chapman (tchapchap) recently made a trip to Ybor City, the historic cigar-making district of Tampa. He was treated to an inside tour of the industry, both from a historical and a current perspective. Tom now shares the details of that tour with us. Read more...
January 15, 2010 Montecristo Relief Organization Haiti Earthquake Relief

Cigar Weekly contribting editor Frank Seltzer (Mowee) is reporting,this morning, on Altadis USA charity efforts for the people of Haiti in the aftermath of the recent earthquake which has shattered that nation. Read more...
January 15, 2010 Scandinavian Tobacco Group to Merge with Swedish Match

Cigar Weekly contributing editor Frank Seltzer is reporting this morning that Scandinavian Tobacco Group and Swedish Match are planning to merge later in 2010. This will in effect merge American cigar giant General Cigars and Nashville based CAO. Read more...
January 13, 2010 Cigar Weekly Editorial: Why is Habanos S.A. Deleting Smaller Cigars

It has recently been revealed that Habanos S. A. continues to make changes to its catalog and is eliminating quite a few smaller models. Many of these are popular with "avid" smokers around the world and have been highly regarded for decades. Yet they are being eliminated in favor of the recent move toward new models with ring gauges in excess of 54. Cigar Weekly contributing editor Mcgoospot analyzes this trend in a CW editorial Read more...
December 18, 2009 A 'Taste' of Ybor City

Cigar Weekly Contributing Editor Neil Noffsinger (Roadhawg) recently sampled the sights, sounds, smokes and culinary offerings of Ybor City, Florida at the 11th Annual Cigar Heritage Festival. Come along with him as he describes the weekend events and activities in historic Ybor City. Read more...
December 09, 2009 15th Annual Post Turkey Day Crawl

Join Cigar Weekly Contributing Editor Frank Seltzer (mowee) in looking back at one of America's classic cigar events, the Dallas/Fort Worth Post Turkey Day Cigar Crawl. Read more...
October 15, 2009 Local Flavor #3: Elite Cigars

Those of you who spend a lot of time on the road, either as professional drivers, business travelers or vacationers may have noticed the "Elite Cigars" signs outside of various SunMart Travel Centers throughout Texas, Arizona and Wyoming. If you have wondered whether or not you can really purchase quality cigars, or if this is just a marketing gimmick, you will find this article interesting. Recently, CW Contributing Editor Neil Noffsinger (Roadhawg) sat down with Jim Kaden, Director of Operations for Petroleum Wholesale, to share a smoke and find out about the unique positioning and business strategy employed by Elite Cigars. Read more...
August 31, 2009 Garcia My Father Factory Opens in Nicaragua

The hottest cigar-makers in non-Cuban cigars, José 'Don Pepin' Garcia and his family members, opened their new 'My Father' factory this past weekend in Nicaragua. CW's Frank Seltzer (Mowee) was on hand, and brings this report. Read more...
August 27, 2009 Dispatches from the IPCPR 2009 #4: Characters, Collaborators and CBS

CW's 4th installment of the week from the 2009 International Premium Cigar and Pipe Retailers' Association Trade Show sees Editor-in-Chief Thomas Bender (TommyBB) bringing the sights, sounds, aromas and real 'smoke' from the show floor in his hometown. Read more...
August 18, 2009 Dispatches from the IPCPR 2009 #3 : Common Threads

A third installment of the week from the International Premium Cigar and Pipe Retailers' Association trade show for 2009. Editor-in-Chief Thomas Bender (TommyBB) and Contributing Editor David "Yogi" Dean bring the sights, sounds, smells and smoke from the show floor in New Orleans. Read more...
August 16, 2009 2009 IPCPR Wrap-up

CW Contributing Editor Frank Seltzer (Mowee) offers his unique perspective on the 2009 International Premium Cigar and Pipe Retailers' trade show from New Orleans. Read more...
August 10, 2009 Dispatches from the IPCPR 2009 #2

A second installment of the week from the International Premium Cigar and Pipe Retailers' Association trade show for 2009. Editor-in-Chief Thomas Bender (TommyBB) brings the sights, sounds, smells and smoke from the show floor in his hometown. Read more...
August 10, 2009 Dispatches from the IPCPR 2009

This is the first installment of the week from the International Premium Cigar and Pipe Retailers' Association trade show for 2009. Editor-in-Chief Thomas Bender (TommyBB) brings the sights, sounds, smells and smoke from the show floor in his hometown. Read more...
August 03, 2009 An Interview With Jonathan Drew

Cigar Weekly Contributing Editor Richard McRae (mealstrom) chats with Jonathan Drew, founder of the Drew Estate Cigar Company. Mr. Drew shares the history behind his many lines of premium cigars as well as his thoughts on trends in the cigar business. Read more...
June 30, 2009 CW Guest Commentary CRA on South Dakota

Glynn Loope of the Cigar Rights of America organization comments on the state of affairs and democracy action in South Dakota. Read more...
June 26, 2009 Cigar Weekly Members Commentary: Allow Market Choices

Cigar Weekly member Tony Palazzolo (tonycsmoke) was recently published in the St. Louis Beacon. His editorial was a revealing, no-nonsense look at the after effects of a smoking ban, and enlightening about the economic harm as well as the second-hand smoke studies which are not as damning as perceived. Read more...
June 22, 2009 Wrapper Transplanting: Partagas Cuban Wrapper Transplant to an Oliva Serie V Lancero Filler and Binder

Cigar Weekly Contributing Editor Scott Glenn (bipolar) offers us a bold, and perhaps controversial, experiment... What would happen if you transplanted the wrapper from a Cuban Partagàs to the binder, filler and ligero of a domestic Oliva Serie V Lancero? Enjoyable smoke or 'Frankencigar'? Read more...
June 17, 2009 CW Commentary FDA Control Over Tobacco

Cigar Weekly's editorial staff and membership provide a commentary on recent legislation passed by the U.S. Senate and ratified by the House or Representatives making tobacco a "controlled substance" under the regulatory purview of the Food and Drug Authority. Read more...
May 11, 2009 Local Flavor #2: Serious Cigars Houston, Texas

Cigar Weekly Contributng Editor Neil Noffsinger sits down with Ron Lesseraux, owner of Serious Cigars and the Cellar 17 wine shop in Houston, Texas, for a discussion about trends in the cigar business. Read more...
May 04, 2009 Cheapskate's Choice: El Mejor Emerald Churchill

Join Cigar Weekly's Contributing Editor Tom Chapman (tchapchap) for the fourth installment of his popular column dedicated to the value-conscious cigar enthusiast. Read more...
April 30, 2009 Don Fernando Leon

Fernando Léon Asensio died at the age of 87 at his home in Santiago, Dominican Republic after a prolonged illness. Don Fernando, as he was known, was the son of Eduardo Léon Jimenes -- the founder of La Aurora. Read more...
January 23, 2009 Ernesto Perez-Carillo to Leave el Credito

Frank Seltzer is reporting this afternoon that long time guiding force and owner of el Credito, maker of La Gloria Cubana, Ernesto Perez-Carillo leaving his company and it's parent company General Cigars-Swedish Match. Read more...
January 16, 2009 SCHIP in Congress

Representative Dave Camp, of Michigan's 4th District, spoke out in Congress against the State Children's Health Insurance Program. Read his remarks, and see how they voted. Read more...
December 29, 2008 Cigar Heritage Festival

CW Contributing Editor Neil Noffsinger (Roadhawg) recently attended the 10th Annual Cigar Heritage Festival in Ybor City, Florida. Join him as he recounts the weekend, and provides highlights of the festival and the other events taking place with fellow BOTLs. Many agree that the Ybor City historic district of Tampa is the heart and foundation of the cigar industry in the United States. Read more...
December 22, 2008 Cheapskate's Choice: Punch Rothschild

There's nothing quite like a really good cigar. On this, we can all agree. Sometimes though, excessive cost puts a bit of a damper on the experience. Join Cigar Weekly's Contributing Editor Tom Chapman (tchapchap) as he continues his new column dedicated to the value-conscious cigar enthusiast. Rest assured, it's worth the read! Read more...
June 06, 2008 If I feel like having a cigarette, why shouldn't I?

Another editorialist, from the Independent" begins to push back at the encroachment of the "Nanny State" and "advocates." Read more...
March 06, 2008 A Trip to the Mexican Riviera and Playa del Carmen

CW Contributing Editor Michael Connelly (ConMan) documents a well-photographed week spent with his wife on the Mexican Riviera. Read more...
December 04, 2007 CAO to Be Exclusive Distributor for Torano and Dunhill

December 4, 2007 Also, more developments in the cigar industry, CAO International has announced a distribution partnership with Carlos Toraño, Inc. Both concerns, "are pleased to announce that the companies have entered into a strategic distribution agreement whereby CAO will become the exclusive U.S. distributor for all Carlos Toraño Cigar brands. At the same time, CAO will also become the exclusive distributor for all Dunhill Cigar brands. The agreement will be effective January 2, 2008." CAO was purchased by European tobacco giant Henry Wintermans in early 2007. Read more...
November 01, 2007 Trek to Honduras: Cigars from Seedlings to Smoke

In mid-September, several BOTL's (Brothers of The Leaf) from Houston made a pilgrimage to Honduras with the objective of learning as much as possible about the growth, production and manufacture of our favorite leaf, on a trip hosted by a Houston area B&M (Elite Cigars) and the staff of Rocky Patel Cigars. Neil Noffsinger (Road Hawg) chronicled the trip in words and photos and submits the following article for your leisure perusal. Read more...