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A REVAMPED SANCHO PANZA IS HITTING ALL RETAIL CHANNELS

sancho panzaThe entire Sancho Panza line has been modernized and the brand’s three updated collections have begun shipping this week.

Matt Wilson, senior brand manager of Sancho Panza said, “Sancho Panza has always been a dependable, tried and true smoke, where the first puff is the same as the last. Cigar culture has evolved and so has the desire for dimensional smoking experiences that deliver a multitude of experiences in one cigar. With this in mind, we tapped the creative juggernaut known as Matt Booth to collaborate on the Sancho blends, and the look and feel of the brand. With Sancho, it is as important to us to respect the traditionalist as it is to embrace the modern smoker, and we feel we’ve ticked the boxes for both.”

Matt Booth, Justin Andrews and the HATSA blending team built three distinct Sancho blends, each unified by a bedrock of stellar blend composition and backed by an aesthetic personality to capture the smoker’s attention.

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AB ANNOUNCEES DOUBLE BROADLEAF CIGAR FOR PCA 2022

DOUBLE BROADLEAFAlec Bradley Cigar Co. Announces Upcoming Release of Double Broadleaf- Experimental Series at 'Cigar Aficionado Big Smoke Meets Whiskyfest'

Alec Bradley Cigar Company's Alan, Alec and Bradley Rubin spilled the beans on the upcoming release of Double Broadleaf- Experimental Series to Cigar Aficionado Executive Editor, David Savona and an intimate crowd of 'All Access' ticket holders during Cigar Aficionado Big Smoke Meets WhiskyFest's 'A Family Affair: The Alec Bradley Story' Cigar Seminar, at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, Hollywood, FL on May 28. Alec Bradley Double Broadleaf- Experimental Series is the third project in the company's Experimental Series and the first full cigar line Alec Bradley release since 2020's Project 40 Maduro. Presented in luxurious dual tone green and natural wood 24-count boxes, the five-size cigar line will be showcased to tobacconists attending the Premium Cigar Association (PCA) Trade Show, July 8-12, 2022, at the Sand Convention Center in Las Vegas, NV.

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Macanudo Introduces New Flavors To The M Line

M by Macanudo

M by Macanudo will expand its range of infused cigars beyond Coffee, Espresso and Bourbon with three new expressions that ship to all channels in mid-August. Launching in the height of summer, the new flavors include French Vanilla, Dark Rum and Mint Cocoa.


“The new M by Macanudo flavors continue to defy the typical flavored cigar experience. They smoke like a premium Nicaraguan cigar, yet are enhanced with enticing flavor notes to deliver an indulgent departure from the everyday smoke. The French Vanilla, Dark Rum and Mint Cocoa offerings are a great compliment to summer smoking occasions and will help to keep the
vacation vibe alive when the mercury dips,” said Steve Abbot, director of marketing for STG, parent company of Macanudo.

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PCA Announces All-New “Fuente Friday” Seminar at PCA22

pca22The Premium Cigar Association (PCA) announced today a brand-new seminar will take place on Friday, July 8, 2022, from 1—2:30 PM as part of its education day before the opening of its annual convention and trade show. The seminar will kick off the education seminars and feature Jose Blanco, an industry veteran, and more recently “The Professor” from the Meet the Professor show, in a fun and interactive conversation with Carlito Fuente, Chairman of Arturo Fuente.

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A Message from Don Doroteo Cigars

don doroteoLegacy is fundamental to what it means to be human, without the sense of purposeful work, one loses meaning in their life. In 1936, Doroteo Fermin Delgado decided to follow in his late father’s footsteps by growing tobacco in the heart of Santiago, Dominican Republic. At the tender age of 16, he began his legacy – for his descendants, his community, and ultimately for the world. He never imagined the impact he would have on this industry, for years to come.

When it comes to legacy, few cigars possess the richness and abundance present in the Don Doroteo, El Legado, blended by Manuel Inoa – La Aurora’s very own Master Blender. In commemoration of the 86th year anniversary of Doroteo’s reignited partnership with La Aurora, an exclusive batch of Robusto samplers were set aside and will be available during the 2022 PCA, in booth #142.

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EMPIRE SOCIAL LOUNGE HOSTS 80s THEMED EVENT

80sSpecial guest Steven Bauer who played iconic 80’s character “Manolo” from Scarface will be in attendance.

Empire Social Lounge Brickell to celebrate 6-year anniversary in 80’s style! The highly anticipated anniversary soiree always carries fun and unique themes, and this year is no different. Event taking place on June 17, 8:00PM. Empire Social Lounge Brickell is located at 1106 S. Miami Ave. 33156. We encourage event goers to attend in 80’s attire.

Guests at the Empire Social Lounge 6th year Anniversary will experience a transformed space that will take them back to the 80’s complete with décor, party favors, specialty entertainment and iconic 80’s music by DJ Radamas.

In attendance will be film and TV star Steven Bauer also known as Manolo Ribera of the 80’s classic film Scarface.

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Alec Bradley Cigar Co. Confirms Exclusive For 2022 PCA

ablogo...But, It's A Secret

Fort Lauderdale, FL (June 27, 2022)

Alec Bradley Cigar Co. today confirmed a report printed by the Premium Cigar Association (PCA) on May 10, 2022 announcing the company's participation in the trade show attendee exclusive program. To date, Alec Bradley has not substantiated the report, but due to a multitude of tobacconist inquiries, the company is now electing to provide some details ahead of the PCA Trade Show, happening July 8-12, 2022, at the Sands Convention Center, Las Vegas, NV.

"I think announcing a mystery attendee exclusive release ahead of the PCA helps pull more tobacconists into the show and into our booth," said second generation cigarmaker/co-project manager, Bradley Rubin. 'There's nothing more exciting than a dramatic reveal!"

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Protocol F Train

protocol f rainIt has been fully documented that Protocol Cigars prides itself on its engagement and connection to Cigar Groups. Protocol Cigars’ philosophy is that these cigar groups are an important and vital aspect of the cigar industry, being as important as retail stores and cigar manufactures. Once again Protocol Cigars adheres to this philosophy with its latest limited edition release. Protocol Cigars is honored to release the second cigar for Johnny Smokes Uncut cigar group: The Protocol F Train. The Protocol F Train joins the list of other releases for cigar groups. The first was the Fat Ash, which had 3 renditions, then there was the 5 Families, which was created for 5 cigar groups including Distinguished Ruffians, Fat Ash, Smoke House Gorillas, Sheep Dog, and BOTL PA Chapter. The last one was the Protocol J Train.

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LATITUDE ZERO ADDS NEW EXPRESSION

lattitude logoLatitude Zero, a blend named to honor Ecuador’s tobacco growing regions, is expanding its lineup with a new expression called Latitude Zero Signature.

Featuring premium, hand-selected tobaccos grown by Oliva Tobacco Company, Latitude Zero Signature is blended by Raul Disla and was created to extend the popular Latitude Zero line.

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Ash Quarterly Partners With AB Cigars To Release Limited Edition Prensado

ablogoThe Prensado Gran Belicoso was created in early 2019 during a retreat Alec Bradley held for its entire US staff in Central America. Based on the award-winning Prensado blend, the elegant 5 1/2" X 56 ring-gauge Gran Belicoso was limited to a total production run of 1300 ten-count boxes, never to be made again.

However, in 2021 Jason Faulkenburg contacted Alec Bradley Director of Sales & Marketing, Jonathan Lipson, with hopes to commission the Prensado Gran Belicoso for Ash Quarterly's ongoing support of Cigars For Warriors. Alec Bradley Founder, Alan Rubin, agreed to the project, as Cigars For Warriors is an organization near and dear to his heart. Only 2200 cigars were produced and will be featured at Ash Quarterly's event on July 2, 2022, at Executive Cigar Lounge in Sanford, Florida, where consumers will have the ability to purchase and donate Prensado Gran Belicoso cigars directly to Cigars For Warriors. Additional cigars will be available in-store at both the Sanford and Melbourne locations of Executive Cigar Shop and Lounge, as well as online through ashquarterly.com.

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Freud Cigar’s Limited-Edition “AGAPE.”

agapeEmbark on Master Blender Eladio Diaz's new creative journey, with an intimate tasting experience* at PCA 2022. Diaz’s first Cigar crafted at his new factory Tabacalera Diaz Cabrera was for Freud Cigar’s Limited-Edition “AGAPE.”

His love letter to the craft.

Diaz and the creative minds behind luxury cigar house Freud Cigar Co. will be onsite at PCA, booth #640, sharing insights and the innovation behind the Freud brand.

Join us at PCA booth #640 and indulge in the bold artistry of Diaz's debut Freud Limited-Edition Agape. You will be among the first to experience this robust Dominican puro crafted at Tabacalera Diaz Cabrera in the Dominican Republic.

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PUNCH LAUNCHES THE PEOPLE’S CHAMP CIGAR

brotherhoodA new cigar from Punch called “The People’s Champ,” will ship in early June. The cigar is the result of input from thousands of dyed-in-the-wool Punch fans who guided every aspect of the cigar and its packaging.

The Punch Brotherhood, an online-based group of Punch brand enthusiasts from across the US, started collaborating on The People’s Champ cigar in 2019, providing feedback to the Punch brand and cigar-making teams in the U.S. and Honduras. Three years later, with input on everything from the profile and the size of the cigar to its packaging, Punch will proudly unveil the limited edition robusto.

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Padrón Announces PCA22 Exclusive Cigar

pcalogoThe Padrón Family is proud to introduce its newest addition to the Family Reserve Series, the No. 96.

This limited release cigar will be offered exclusively to attendees of the 2022 PCA Trade Show.

The Family Reserve Series is hand-crafted with refined and aged tobaccos creating an exceptionally smooth, complex, balanced and full-bodied flavor.

"As is our tradition, the No. 96 signifies a meaningful family date, honoring José Orlando Padrón's 96th birthday." —Jorge L. Padrón, President, Padrón Cigars

The Family Reserve No. 96 will be offered in 10 count boxes of round, individually cellophaned cigars sized at 52 x 5 3/4” – available in natural and maduro wrappers."

PRESENTING EL REY DEL MUNDO BY AJ

El Rey by AJ Box closedEl Rey del Mundo, the legendary Honduran brand, welcomes its first limited edition cigar with El Rey del Mundo by AJ.

The new expression is available in one box-pressed vitola and features a blend from AJ Fernandez.

El Rey del Mundo by AJ began shipping to all channels of retail this month.

Steve Abbot, director of marketing for STG said, “’El Rey del Mundo by AJ’ takes the foundation we’ve established with El Rey del Mundo and El Rey del Mundo Naturals and brings it to another level. Powered by a Nicaraguan-forward blend, AJ’s take on ‘El Rey’ delivers a fuller-bodied smoking experience. We believe this blend will capture the attention of smokers who might not have tried the brand before.”

Handcrafted by artisans at Tabacelera AJ Fernandez in Esteli, Nicaragua, El Rey Del Mundo by AJ is made with a Nicaraguan Habano wrapper and filler, with a Connecticut Broadleaf binder. The cigar delivers both body and balance and imparts hints of dark chocolate, cedar and white pepper on the palate.

El Rey Del Mundo by AJ is presented in 10-count boxes and available until the limited supply of 3,800 boxes is depleted.

El Rey del Mundo by AJ Toro (6 x 52); SRP per cigar $11.99 (box pressed)

LIMITED EDITION MACANUDO INSPIRADO COMING IN JULY

macanodo inspiradoThe second limited-edition blend of Macanudo Inspirado will be released in July. Called “Jamao” the new expression gets its name from a proprietary wrapper grown on a network of fincas in the Northwestern Dominican Republic.
Macanudo’s team of agronomists has been experimenting with tobacco cultivation and seed acclimation in Mao, D.R. for decades. There, in the Cibao Valley, the agronomists also work with a collective of independent local growers to cultivate and cure experimental tobaccos. With Macanudo Inspirado Jamao, one such sungrown tobacco is being brought to life as a wrapper.

“For this limited edition expression of Macanudo Inspirado, we acclimated a Habano seed varietal from Jamastran, Honduras to Mao, DR and ultimately produced a beautiful wrapper. To honor the many people who worked hard to produce this wrapper for the first time, we named the release ‘Jamao’ which represents the blending of Jamastran and Mao,” said Jhonys Diaz, General Cigar’s senior vice president of leaf operations.

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Alec Bradley Introducing 'Taste of the World Chunk' Sampler

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Fort Lauderdale, FL (May 5, 2022)

Alec Bradley Cigar Company, a multigenerational family owned and operated business, today announced the upcoming release of 2000 Limited Edition 'Taste of the World Chunk' samplers for Father's Day 2022. Presented in collectable 8-count boxes, finished in a luxurious high-gloss blue lacquer, the collection unites 2 Chunk sized cigars each of the sampler exclusive 'Gatekeeper' and 'Kintsugi' with the Canadian exclusive 'Black Market,' and global release 'Magic Toast.' All Alec Bradley Chunk cigars measure in at a short and stout 4 1/4" X 60 ring gauge.

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CAO DEBUTS BX3

CAO LOGOCAO has always had a rebellious streak (think MX2, CX2, LX2), and the brand’s maverick approach to blending is taking another leap forward through its latest expression: CAO BX3.

BX3 is a new collection that harnesses “three times the Brazilian tobaccos” in one robust blend.

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BULL MOOSE LAUNCHES A SUPERSIZED CHILLIN’ MOOSE

Bull Moose BoxChillin’ Moose will soon have a beefy sidekick thanks to Bull Moose, a new line of super-sized smokes that will ship to retailers in early May.

With its own, high-octane blend, Bull Moose is a Nicaraguan puro made exclusively with Nicaraguan Habano tobaccos derived from the country’s rich volcanic soils.

John Hakim, brand manager of Chillin’ Moose said, “Bull Moose kicks Chillin’ Moose up a notch with a deeper profile and delivers it in sizes that are well, gigantic. This is the perfect cigar for the initiated smoker who wants the experience of a Nicaraguan puro without breaking the bank.”

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Hiram and Solomon Cigar Moves Production to DR

hscHiram and Solomon Cigars is pleased to announce its cigar pr has moved to the PDR Cigar Factory in Tamboril, Dominican Republic. 

In 2021 Hiram and Solomon owners, Fouad Kashouty & Romy Kashouty, began working with Abe Flores of PDR Cigars, creating new blends and forging a business relationship that allows for streamlined production and distribution channels via the PDR factory. 


Hiram & Solomon blends remain the same.

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MACANUDO GOLD RETURNS TO RETAIL

Macanudo Gold Label cigarMacanudo Gold Label is making its annual return next month and will mark the brand’s 20th anniversary with a new, limited edition size available this year only.

Macanudo Gold Label will ship to retailers between May 1 and July 29, 2022 or until this year’s allotment has been depleted. A total of eight frontmarks will be available, including the Gold Label “Gran Pyramid” which is a new, limited edition frontmark created exclusively for the 2022 season.

Originally released in 2002, the line was inspired by a special golden Connecticut Shade leaf and has, for two decades, remained a perennial favorite among discerning cigar aficionados.

Laurel Tilley, Macanudo’s brand ambassador said, “Even after twenty years, the anticipation continues to build for the annual release of Macanudo Gold Label. This speaks to the allure of Gold Label’s mellow blend and the unique creamy notes it delivers. Whether it’s paired or savored on its own, this cigar makes for a great indulgence. I’m looking forward to enjoying it with fellow cigar smokers across the country.”

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