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May 18, 2012 Blanco and Martinez-Cuenca Team Up for Joya de Nicaragua

Two cigar industry legends, Jose Blanco and Dr. Alejandro Martinez-Cuenca have teamed up to create a new brand. Read more...
May 18, 2012 General Cigar To Give Away Hoyo de Monterrey Cigars

General Cigar Company has launched a new website for their Hoyo de Monterrey brand, and will sponsor a major giveaway to celebrate. Read more...
May 18, 2012 New Branding from La Flor Dominicana

Litto Gomez' La Flor Dominicana brand, created in the mid-1990s is getting re-branded prior to the upcoming IPCPR trade show. Read more...
January 27, 2012 Cruise Lines Tighten Smoking Regs

Four Cruise lines have recently tightened their regulations further limiting the ability of passengers to smoke aboard ship, reports Arlene Satchel of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel. Read more...
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 01, 2011 Cigars Put Out at Masters Possible

The IPCPR has weighed in on the possible closing of cigar and smoking ban exemptions in Richmond County, which would affect Augusta. Read more...
July 28, 2011 IPCPR Supports St. Louis Tobacconists

Tobacconists in St. Louis, Missouri, are still in danger it seems. Despite exemptions and other delays to the local smoking ban, it seems the County Council is trying, again, to undermine them. The following report, from Tony Tortorici and Chris McCalla, spokesmen for the International Premium Cigar and Pipe Retailers Association hashes out the details, and possible outcomes. Cigar Weekly receieved this notice via electronic mail. Read more...
July 20, 2011 IPCPR Announces Best of Show

Each year, the IPCPR grades all its exhibitors. Here are the "Best in Show." Read more...
July 19, 2011 General Cigar Company Release List of New Items

General Cigar Company releases list of all new items presented at the 2011 IPCPR Association trade show in Las Vegas, Nevada. Read more...
July 19, 2011 General Cigars Donates to Mr. Las Vegas and USO

Cigar Giant General Cigar Company and the IPCPR are stepping up to the aid of the U.S.O. Las Vegas and have donated $20,000 in an event at the IPCPR Show featuring U.S.O. representative Mr. Las Vegas, Wayne Newton. Read more...
July 19, 2011 Shuriken Cutter by Cigar Tech

Year-old Cigar Tech brings many new products to market, this year at the IPCPR Convention and Trade Show. The most spectacular being the Shuriken. Says CEO Belinda Doyle, "The mission of my company is to provide the same innovation, quality, value, and excitement to the accessory category that exists in the cigar category, one brand at a time." Read more...
July 18, 2011 Urbano Corojo

Urbano Cigars, a Tampa-based boutique cigar company, announces it's new cigar, the Urbano Corojo. Read more...
July 14, 2011 Berger and Argenti Entubar V32

Another Entubar offering from Berger & Argenti, this time a Nicaraguan puro. Read more...
July 13, 2011 Gurkha Announces Three New Brands

Less than a week from the start of the 2011 IPCPR Trade Show, Gurkha sends word of its new offerings. Read more...
July 13, 2011 My Father Jaime Garcia Reserva Especial Limited Edition

My Father comes out, today, with an addition to their first cigar named for company president/owner Jaime Garcia, with this the Jaime Garcia Reserva Especial Limited Edition 2011 Read more...
July 12, 2011 Puros Indios Unveils New 2012 Series

When Don Rolando Reyes and his family decide to do something new, they go all out. Instead of one new line, or venture, they are bringing three to market. Read more...
July 07, 2011 My Father Le Bijou 1922 Box-Pressed Torpedo

My Father Cigar Company, owned and operated by the Garcia Family will introduce TWO new items at the IPCPR Trade Show in Las Vegas, later this month. Read more...
July 07, 2011 New Gran Habano STK Zulu Zulu

George Rico's "personal blend" comes to market with the first size, Zulu Zulu, being a limited edition. Proceeds from sales will go to Invisible Children charity. Read more...
June 29, 2011 Entubar CRV from Berger and Argenti

More new cigars leading up to the IPCPR Association Trade Show in Las Vegas. This time, Miami-based Berger and Argenti release their new offering in the Entubar line. Read more...
June 24, 2011 Fonseca CXX Anniversary

In honor of the creation of Fonseca cigars in 1891 the Quesada Family and their S.A.G. Imports brings forth the Fonseca CXX Anniversary. Read more...
June 17, 2011 Tosa Cigar Company and Website Premiere

Making a splash on social networking sites is a new company, its website, and first cigar line. Tosa Cigar is a collaboration with Toraño Family Cigars Read more...
June 15, 2011 Torano and Leccia Team Created

The Toraño family announced that they have reached a distribution agreement with Sam Leccia's new company. Read more...
August 31, 2010 Heard in the Humidor for August 27, 2010

Highlights of the week in cigars and smoking from CigarCyclopedia.com For the week of August 30-September 3, 2010 Read more...
August 26, 2010 Berger and Argenti Entubar Quad Maduro

In it's coverage of the IPCPR Convention and Trade Show in New Orleans, Cigar Weekly was able to sample the new Quad Maduro line of Berger & Argenti's Entubar brand, which was introduced in 2009 at this same event. 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...
July 29, 2010 Newly Reformed Torano Names New Vice-President

Cigar Weekly has learned today, July 29, 2010, that the newly re-named Torano Family Cigar Company has named Bruce Lewis, formerly of CAO International, as their new Vice President of Marketing. Read more...
July 29, 2010 San Lotano to be Introduced by A.J. Fernandez

Cigar Express is announcing the revival of an old Cuban brand, San Lotano by A.J. Fernandez. In the release dated July 31, 2010, Fernandez also states that the new brand will debut at the IPCPR show in New Orleans and will be sold exclusively in tobacconist shops. Read more...
July 15, 2010 Torano Family Cigars Retakes Control of Distribution

CW has news this afternoon (July 15, 2010) from the Toraño family as they announce changes to their company, distribution and branding; reinventing themselves as Toraño Family Cigars. 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 02, 2010 SMOKE THE VOTE CRA Launches Pro-Smoking Political Efforts

Through a press release from organizational spokesman Brian Berman, Cigar Rights of America launches what it dubs the Largest Cigar Enthusiast’s Political Effort in History, with its Smoke the Vote initiative for the 2010 and 2012 election seasons. Read more...
May 21, 2010 Azteca Released by Gran Habano

Through a company press release from spokesman Dale Scott, Gran Habano announces its new Azteca. the first fruit since the popular 3 Siglos brand from the father-and-son team of “Don” Guillermo Rico and son George. It is more than the latest Gran Habano brand premium cigar, it emphasizes their “Rediscovery of Full Flavor.” Read more...
April 29, 2010 Nestor Miranda Collection 1989

Miami Cigar & Company spokesmen Rene Castañeda and Gary Arzt announce the release of the Nestor Miranda Collection 1989 blended by Don Pepin Garcia. 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...
March 25, 2010 La Gloria Cubana Artesanos de Tabaqueros

General Cigars spokesperson Victoria McKee passed along the latest news from the popular La Gloria Cubana Brand Read more...
March 16, 2010 La Aurora 107

La Aurora announces,the release of the new La Aurora 107. Read more...
March 10, 2010 NESTOR MIRANDA COLLECTION DOMINICANO ARRIVES!

In a press release from Miami Cigar & Company spokesman Rene Castaneda, CW learns of the arrival of the new Nestor Miranda Collection "Dominicano" a collaboration between Miami Cigar & Company, My Father Cigar Company and La Aurora S. A. 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 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...
September 22, 2009 Cuban Counterfeiter Convicted

Through a press release from company spokesperson Janelle Rosenfeld, Altadis USA, domestic holders of copyrights and under the ownership of Imperial Tobacco, 49% owner of Habanos S.A., report on a court decision involving a suspected counterfeiter of Altadis products and trademarks. 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 06, 2009 Berger and Argenti Brand to Debut

A new collaboration results in the creation of the Berger & Argenti brand, along with a revamping of the Argent brothers Exile brands. Read more...
August 03, 2009 Don Lino 1989

Don Lino has been one of Miami Cigars' lead brands for years. The Don Lino Africa was a star at the last RTDA in New Orleans in 2005. Now, they're poised to make a big impression there again. Read more...
July 30, 2009 Camacho Announces New Line

Camacho Cigars has unveiled a new line of cigars, Baccarat "The Game" today, through their social networking presence. Read more...
July 29, 2009 La Traviata from CAO Makes Early Debut

Just ahead of the cigar business' major trade show, the IPCPR, CAO of Nashville, Tennessee have announced the release their newest brand.New CAO cigar hearkens back to pre-nationalization Cuba. Read more...
July 29, 2009 Louisiana to Tax Free Samples

Taxation issues may deter IPCPR show from returning to New Orleans, in future, despite the city's cigar-friendly atmosphere and need for summer economic impact. Read more...
July 27, 2009 EO Cigars Presents New Brands

Erik Espinosa and Eddie Ortega, the collaborative vision behind EO Brands, have presented two new offerings, this week. One a totally new brand, the Murcielago and a maduro addition to the acclaimed Cubao brand. Read more...
July 22, 2009 IPCPR Scholarships

In a political climate where anyone who doesn't trot out the "tobacco is evil" rhetoric or agree with it, there's always a surprise just around the bend. From an Association e-mail the International Premium Cigar and Pipe Retailers' Association announces it's annual scholarship awards. Read more...
July 17, 2009 IPCPR Fights Gradual Military Ban

People within the United States Department of Defense want to pursue a smoking ban throughout the military. Their aim is a set of gradual restrictions which may take twenty years to implement. The IPCPR is responding now and beginning the fight against this incursion. Read more...
July 14, 2009 Altadis President Announces Retirement

Through company spokesperson Janelle Rosenfeld, Altadis U.S.A. announced that Theo Folz, the company's President and CEO, will retire on September 30th . Folz has been with the company for 25 years and been in the cigar industry for 46 years. Read more...
July 07, 2009 Quesada 35th Anniversary

On June 29th, 2009, Davidoff of Geneva played host to the pre-release party of the Quesada 35th Anniversary cigar. Here are some comments and facts about this new cigar. 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...
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 30, 2009 Cigar Weekly Interview with Ernesto Perez-Carillo

It was recently announced that Ernesto Perez-Carrillo, maker of La Gloria Cubana and others, is leaving General Cigars on March 15th. In departing, Perez-Carrillo will be going out on his own to start a new venture with his children. The famed cigar maker talked with Frank Seltzer (Mowee) about his departure from Swedish Match "General's parent company" and his plans for the future. 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 30, 2008 New Jersey's H. J. Bailey Debuts New Cigar

New Jersey cigar wholesaler H. J. Bailey has announced, through a company press release, the introduction of their own cigar line, the Don Ramon. Read more...
July 30, 2008 Smokers' Haven in Spain?

Travel articles hints that there are still places where smokers can be in their element. Girona. 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...
June 04, 2008 Friends Remember Red

Red Auerbach is remembered fondly by his close friends, the members of his former weekly lunch group. This, from Michael Lee of the Washinton Post. 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...