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DIESEL LAUNCHES SECOND “SUNDAY GRAVY” EXPRESSION

diesellogoDiesel is rolling out the first follow-up to Sunday Gravy with “Pecorino,” a three-country blend that’s just begun shipping to retailers nationwide. Pecorino takes its name from a deliciously rich and flavorful Italian cheese often substituted for a more expensive variety. Here again, the culinary world and the cigar category collide, as Sunday Gravy Pecorino offers a satisfying smoking experience at a surprisingly affordable price.

Blended by AJ Fernandez and Justin Andrews and handcrafted at Tabacalera AJ Fernandez in Esteli, Nicaragua, Diesel Sunday Gravy Pecorino features a Mexican San Andres wrapper over a Cameroon binder and bold Nicaraguan Esteli Habano filler. This is a medium-plus smoke brimming with character. The Mexican wrapper delivers a peppery note and when combined with the subtle sweetness from the Cameroon binder and the boldness of the filler, the experience is unique and dimensional.

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JdN Launches TAA Retailer Exclusive

Joya de Nicaragua Launches TAA Retailer Exclusive Cuatro Cinco Edición Americana

jdnccMonday, August 23, 2021 — Since its founding in 1968 as the first premium cigar company in Nicaragua, Joya de Nicaragua has enjoyed strong ties with American cigar lovers and their retailers. During the administration of Richard M. Nixon, Joya de Nicaragua’s Clásico was even the official cigar distributed to guests attending functions at the White House. In 2021, the United States continues to be one of Joya de Nicaragua’s most important markets and the company is celebrating its strong ties to America by releasing Cuatro Cinco Edición Americana, the second regional edition of its legendary Cuatro Cinco cigars, which will be available exclusively at Tobacconist Association of America (TAA) member retailers.

Since its original release to celebrate Joya de Nicaragua’s 45th anniversary in 2013, the limited edition Cuatro Cinco cigar has been one of Joya de Nicaragua’s most popular cigars and it has consistently been one of the company’s highest rated cigars as well. The highly acclaimed blend features a Nicaraguan Criollo wrapper and select Grade A Nicaraguan filler tobaccos. The finished cigars are aged inside vintage white oak barrels that were used by a world-renown rum distillery for at least one year. The Cuatro Cinco Edición Americana TAA Exclusive is a 6 x 54 Belicoso.

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COHIBA TAKES A BOLD STEP WITH BLUE

Ccohibablue open left hrohiba will debut its largest frontmark to date with the release of Cohiba Blue 7 X 70, an eye-catching cigar named after its sizeable dimensions.

Cohiba Blue 7 X 70 marks the sixth vitola in the Dominican-made collection. Shipping this week with an SRP of $14.99 per cigar, Cohiba Blue 7 X 70 will be presented in the bright blue, handpainted wooden Cohiba Blue boxes, each containing 15 cigars.

Handcrafted at General Cigar Dominicana in Santiago, DR, Cohiba Blue is a velvety, medium-bodied cigar with a three-country blend that represents the world’s most revered tobacco growing regions. The experience is sophisticated and memorable with an enticing aroma.

The Cohiba Blue blend starts with a silky, rosado-hued Honduran Olancho San Agustin (OSA) wrapper that sits atop a Honduran OSA binder, with the layered wrapper-binder imparting subtle, earthy notes. The blend consists of Honduran Jamastran, Nicaraguan Ometepe and Dominican Piloto Cubano that lend hints of cocoa and caramel, with a light touch of sweetness.

Cohiba Blue debuted in 2017 as an expression created to appeal to all who seek the indulgence of a fine cigar.

Filthy Hooligan Barber Pole and Shamrock are Back for 2022!

hooligan22Fort Lauderdale, FL – August 20, 2021. Alec Bradley Cigar Company announced today that the popular Black Market Filthy Hooligan Barber Pole and Black Market Filthy Hooligan Shamrock limited edition cigars will be returning in Spring 2022. With the resounding success of the limited edition green cigars, the Filthy Hooligan duo have cemented themselves as the cigar industry's equivalent to the Spring Equinox.

2022 marks the tenth release of the Filthy Hooligan project, which has become fluid over the years. 2013, 2014 and 2015 saw the original Filthy Hooligan iteration, which was a straight Candela wrapped cigar. From 2016 and on, Alec Bradley has issued the Filthy Hooligan Barber Pole, featuring dual wrappers: Nicaraguan Habano and Candela. In 2019, the triple wrapped Filthy Hooligan Shamrock was added to the line, showcasing natural Nicaraguan Habano, maduro Nicaraguan Habano and candela wrappers.

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ARLEQUIN PERFECTO TO DEBUT AT OLD VA TOBACCO

fratellonewlogoFratello Cigars is pleased to announce The Fratello Arlequin Perfecto.  Debuting on a 6 x 58 Perfecto shape this cigar was blended to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of Old Virginia Tobacco. 

“This was the right move. Arlequin continues to gain tremendous traction in the US and Old Virginia Tobacco and its customers have truly embraced this cigar. To commemorate this occasion we worked on a perfecto size where due to its complexity in manufacturing only 150 cigars can be produced per day.” Said de Frias.
Arlequin was first introduced in June 2019 as a 6 x 50 Parejo with the release of the Space Fresh Pack. Arlequin was later box pressed and released with minor tweaks to the blend in June 2020. To the date, the Arlequin is otherwise available in three box pressed vitolas: Robusto (5 1/2 x 52), Toro (6 1/4 x 54) and Gordo (6 x 58).
Details:  
Manufactured at Joya de Nicaragua in Esteli.   
MSRP: 12.00 
Production: 5,000 Cigars
Box: 12 Count.  
Wrapper: San Andres Mexico  
Binder: Ecuador Habano 
Filler: Peru and Nicaragua  

Punch Aniversario Lands In September

punchlogoSince its humble beginnings in 1840 as a cigar created for export to the United Kingdom, Punch has been a stalwart brand that has weathered many storms and withstood the test of time. It has captured the palates and hearts of generations of cigar enthusiasts, most notably discerning American smokers who continually turn to Punch for its expert craftsmanship, indulgent flavor and confident branding.

To commemorate the momentous occasion of the brand’s 180th anniversary, Punch is proud to release its most limited offering to date with “Aniversario,” a spectacular cigar befitting the Punch legacy.

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Alec Bradley Introduces Trilogy Collector's Series

ablogoAlec Bradley Cigar Co. today announced that they will be releasing a Collector's Series of their innovative triangular shaped Trilogy line of cigars. The three blends that make up the series- Trilogy Authentic Corojo, Trilogy Exotic Maduro and Trilogy Native Cameroon will all be released at once and in their own respective packaging. Each 6" X 52 ring-gauge, Toro sized, Trilogy blend is being presented in collectable 10-count boxes, designed to mirror the original Trilogy triangular shaped molds that Alec Bradley Founder, Alan Rubin, created in the early 2000s. Only 2000 boxes of each blend will be released to appointed US Tobacconists.

Along with early blockbuster hits like Occidental and MAXX, Trilogy's unique shape, critical acclaim and market acceptance helped bring the Alec Bradley brand name to prominence. After many years of success, the Trilogy line was eventually retired, but demand remained. On August 12, 2021, Alec Bradley released 300 Limited Edition samplers featuring eighteen Robusto Trilogy cigars (6 of each blend) through Boynton Beach, Florida Tobacconist, Smoke Inn, during a virtual event featuring Alan and his two sons, second generation cigarmakers- Alec and Bradley. Simultaneously, Alec Bradley announced that there would be a release later in the year of Trilogy Toros.

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Macanudo Vintage 2010

macanudologoThe world’s first Vintage cigar was created by Macanudo nearly 40 years ago to spotlight an exceptional wrapper developed in part by Mother Nature herself. Today, the Vintage tradition continues with Macanudo Vintage 2010, thanks to ideal climatic conditions, meticulous curing and precise maturation techniques perfected by the artisans of Macanudo.

The 2010 growing season saw the highest temperatures in 25 years in the Connecticut River Valley, with high humidity and optimal rainfall that yielded an exceptionally silky shade-grown wrapper tobacco. Cured and aged for an entire decade to bring forth an array of pleasing notes on the palate, this singular tobacco makes its debut in Macanudo Vintage 2010.

Ernest Gocaj who oversees the Connecticut growing operations for Macanudo said, “We could not have asked for a better growing season than we had in 2010. Yet this is only part of the story. After such a beautiful crop is harvested, the hard work begins again because the most critical process for growing tobacco is curing. Given how unique and special this crop was, we were obsessive in monitoring the tobacco throughout the eight-week curing process, and ultimately brought its very best attributes to life.”

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STG TO EXPAND FORGED CIGAR COMPANY

forged logoScandinavian Tobacco Group A/S (STG) today announced that The Forged Cigar Company will increase its coverage of the U.S. market, adding a regional sales manager and recruiting for two newly-created sales positions.

The moves come in response to increasing demand for Forged Cigar Company brands.

Sean Hardiman, national sales manager of Forged Cigar Company said, “In the eight months since we launched Forged Cigar Company, we’ve seen an exponential increase in sales across our portfolio. We’re now in a place where we have to expand our team to keep the promise we made to our retail partners. To provide the utmost support to our brands at retail, we are promoting from within to fill a newly-created position of regional sales manager. We will also increase our coverage in Arizona, Nevada, New York and New Jersey.”

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DIESEL LAUNCHES “SUNDAY GRAVY”

diesellogoThe great gravy-sauce debate has been hotly contested for decades. Run a search and you’ll find more than 68 million results. You read that right: 68 million. Now, Diesel’s getting into the fray with its newest collection, called “Sunday Gravy,” launching in August.

Sunday Gravy will be a full-time line under Diesel, and will feature seasonally-released, Nicaraguan-forward smokes, blended and handcrafted through Diesel’s winning partnership of AJ Fernandez and Justin Andrews. Blends will be released quarterly, sold until their limited supply is deleted and offered at an unbelievable SRP of less than $5.00 per cigar.

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Odyssey Full Hits Retail

odysseylogoOdyssey is adding a bold, new line to its accessibly-priced portfolio with Odyssey Full. The five-cigar collection of Nicaraguan-made smokes rounds out the Odyssey portfolio with a rich, fuller-bodied profile and marks the sixth collection of Odyssey cigars.

Odyssey Full is handcrafted by artisans at STG Esteli in Nicaragua. The blend is centered on Cuban seed tobaccos and features a high concentration of ligero leaves from Nicaragua and Colombia in the blend for a memorable smoking experience. With a Nicaraguan Habano binder and Nicaraguan Jalapa wrapper, Odyssey Full delivers a robust yet balanced smoke that’s earthy and spicy with a hint of leather on the finish.

Ed Lahmann, senior brand manager for Odyssey said, “Given its accessible price point, Odyssey Full is a great option for the tried and true cigar smoker who’s looking to add variety to their go-to set of brands. We’re confident that this new line is going to catch fire quickly.”

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M BY MACANUDO ESPRESSO SHIPS 8/3

M by MacanudoThe M by Macanudo portfolio will welcome its third expression in August with “M by Macanudo Espresso,” an infused cigar inspired by the luscious flavors of café con leche and café macchiato.

M by Macanudo Espresso joins M Coffee and M Bourbon which debuted in 2018 and 2019, respectively.

M by Macanudo Espresso delivers a rich and indulgent smoking experience for cigar lovers seeking departure from their everyday smoke. M Espresso, like the rest of the M line of flavored cigars, defies the conventional notions of a flavored cigar in that it smokes like a premium Nicaraguan cigar, but is enhanced with the perfect touch of coffee and cream. With its unique wrapper and nuanced flavor, it’s wonderfully unique and will most definitely be a staple in my humidor,” said Laurel Tilley, brand ambassador of Macanudo.

A new, full-time addition to the Macanudo portfolio, M Espresso blend intertwines two contrasting wrappers: an Indonesian shade grown and Indonesian Maduro, to create a barber pole effect. The blend features premium, hand-selected long-filler Nicaraguan tobaccos surrounded by a Philippine binder.

Offered in two sizes, this new flavored line is the perfect accompaniment to coffee and easily stands alone as an experience unto itself, thanks to its unique balance of tobacco, espresso and cream flavors.

Presented in bold black 20-count boxes, the line will feature two frontmarks and is slated to ship to retailers on August 3.

Belicoso (6 x 54) – SRP per cigar $8.79

Toro (6 x 50) – SRP per cigar $8.29

Frontier Cigars Expands With Cigarillos and XL’s

frontierlogoFrontier Brands, the owner and manufacturer of Frontier Cigars, is pleased to announce the expansion of their Frontier Cigar lineup with the addition of the Frontier Cigarillos and Frontier XL’s. These new offerings are made in their Dominican Republic factory along with their flagship product Frontier Cheroots. 

The Frontier Cigarillos are a hand made all-natural tobacco cigar made with the finest premium tobaccos from Nicaragua and Dominican Republic. Wrapped in an Ecuadorian Connecticut Shade leaf these premium style cigars come in six flavors: Honey, Honey Berry, Rum, Russian Cream, Sweet Aromatic and Whiskey. Each cigar is individually cellophaned and packaged in stay-fresh crush proof retail tins of 10 cigars. They are a perfect addition for any tobacconist.  The MSRP is $17.99 per tin.

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CAO FLATHEAD V21

CAO V21 openCAO is about to put the pedal to the metal with a souped-up follow-up to the wildly-popular V-19 blend. Called CAO Flathead V21, this new release was created by Rick Rodriguez and the CAO blending team in Nicaragua to kick the Flathead franchise into high gear.

Rick and the team selected a Mexican San Andres wrapper for the blend which also includes a Connecticut Broadleaf binder, and a bold selection of Nicaraguan and Dominican ligero tobaccos. They then gave each of the filler leaves an abbreviated fermentation to lock in the tobacco’s native characteristics and added a secondary aging process to the filler to bring everything together. The result is a cigar with a medium to medium-full profile brimming with distinctive molasses and leather notes, this time with even more depth and complexity.

For Flathead V21, we wanted to give our fans a cigar that’s bold and complex, and still perfect for any smoking occasion,” said Rick Rodriguez. “We see this as the ultimate cigar for the CAO smoker who wants to experience the complexity of each tobacco with every draw. I’ve personally enjoyed V21 on its own and with a drink and have experienced different notes every time I smoke it. To me, that means we’ve done our job.”

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PARTAGAS PRESENTS CORTADO

Partagas cortado boxPartagas is launching “Cortado,” the brand’s first Connecticut Shade-wrapped offering and the first Partagas line to be handcrafted by artisans in Nicaragua.

The new, four-cigar collection has just begin shipping to retailers.

Matt Wilson, senior brand manager for Partagas said, “With interest in the Partagas brand continuing to grow, we felt it was the right time to expand the brand portfolio with a mellow-to-medium-bodied blend. The team and I are especially proud of Partagas Cortado’s incredible versatility when it comes to pairing. The blend is creamy and complex, and its taste notes can push forward or bow to other flavors, depending on the pairing. We feel our Nicaraguan artisans did a wonderful job with the blend and look forward to sharing it with Partagas fans, old and new.”

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PLASENCIA COSECHA 149 UNVEILED AT PCA 2021

PLACENSIA149(Miami, Florida) July 10, 2021- Plasencia Cigars, a world-leading premium tobacco grower, established in 1865, announces the release of the Plasencia Cosecha 149 cigar brand. The blend will first appear at the 2021 PCA (Premium Cigar Association) taking place this July 9 through July 14 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

 

The Spanish word cosecha translates to harvest.  The Plasencia Cosecha 149 commemorates the Plasencia family’s 149th yearly tobacco harvest which took place in 2014. The Plasencia family felt that the aged tobacco from the 149th harvest had reached perfection this year, and thus the Plasencia Cosecha 149 was created.

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Casa Cuevas Introduces Patrimonio

patrimonio(Miami, Florida)- Casa Cuevas Cigars announces that the Patrimonio cigar brand is now shipping! The Patrimonio cigar brand translates to Patrimony in English. It is dedicated to Luis Cuevas Sr. and to the paternal lineage of the Cuevas tobacco history which began over a 100 years ago.  The Cuevas family’s tobacco history began when Juan Cuevas, a Spanish expatriate, began growing tobacco in Cuba in the mid-19th century.

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Alec Bradley Announces Factory Change

ablogoFort Lauderdale, FL – July 9, 2021. Alec Bradley Cigar Company announced today that they have moved production of the Cigar Aficionado #7 "Cigar of the Year," Alec & Bradley Gatekeeper, from Ernesto Perez-Carrillo's (EPC) Tabacalera La Alianza in Santiago, Dominican Republic to Tobacos De Oriente in Danli, Honduras. The hard, yet mutually beneficial decision came soon after Perez-Carrillo's EPC Pledge Prequel received Cigar Aficionado #1 "Cigar of the Year" concurrently with Gatekeeper's #7 accolade.

With production at a premium, due not only to the two cigars' impressive rating, but also due to the "Covid-19 Cigar Boom," Alec Bradley and EPC agreed that moving Gatekeeper's production, while keeping the exact blend, would protect Gatekeeper's integrity and allow for expedited delivery to the marketplace.

"Bradley and I want to assure our brand advocates that absolutely nothing has changed with the Gatekeeper blend," said second generation cigarmaker Alec Rubin. "Our relationship with Ernesto is everlasting and he will still be very much involved in the process, ensuring only the highest quality standards."

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Cigar Dojo Collaborates with Alec & Bradley on Dojo Chico Cigar

dojochicoDENVER, CO (Monday, August 23, 2021)-- Cigar Dojo has teamed up with Alec & Bradley Cigars to showcase the duo's second collaborative project: Dojo Chico.

From a fertile valley of Mexico, uncovered by the Aztec people during the 15th-century, a peculiar mineral water has bubbled its way into the hearts of cigar enthusiasts in recent times. This holds especially true for both the Rubin family of Alec Bradley Cigar Co. and the team at Cigar Dojo, praising the fizzy elixir for its unrivaled refreshing nature and palate-cleansing cigar 'pairability'.

This inspired the creation of the Dojo Chico--a cigar capable of offering a clean, refreshing, tongue-tingling smoking experience on par with the mineral water it was modeled after.

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FRATELLO FUCO DEBUTS AT PCA

FuocoGroupSpringfield, VA (July 6, 2021) – Fratello Cigars is pleased to announce the Fratello Fuoco, that means Fire in Italian. This new release will be made using the three Fratello Core blend, the Classico, Bianco and Oro.

We released the Fratello Fuoco in Europe in 2019 as it is very popular size in the European Market. Following its success, we are now bringing this special size to the consumer in the US.” – Said the Frias.

The Fratello plans to ship the Fuoco August 15th, 2021. The Fuoco Oro is produced by La Aurora in Santiago, Dominican Republic and the Fuoco Classico and Bianco by Joya de Nicaragua. The Fratello Fuoco will be released in a 3 ½ x 50 and will retail $7.50.

Fuoco Classico Blend: Nicaragua Wrapper, Ecuador Binder, Nicaragua and Peruvian Filler.

Fuoco Bianco Blend: Mexican Wrapper, Dominican Republic Binder, USA, Nicaragua, and Peruvian Filler.

Fuoco Oro: Ecuador Wrapper, African Binder, Colombia, Dominican Republic and Nicargua Filler