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Alec Bradley Cigar Co. to Begin Migrating Premium Cigar Products to 24-Count Boxes

alecbradleylogo24-Count Boxes to Begin Shipping in July 2021 and Displayed at Premium Cigar Association Trade Show 2021
 


Fort Lauderdale, FL (April 7, 2021)- The Alec Bradley Cigar Company announced today that beginning in July 2021, all regular production premium boxed Alec Bradley cigar products will arrive to tobacconists in 24-count box configurations. Alec Bradley will also showcase the new boxes at the Premium Cigar Association (PCA) Trade Show at the Sands Convention Center Las Vegas, July 10-13.

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Filthy Hooligans are Back for 2021

 

filthy hooliganFort Lauderdale, FL – February 11, 2021. Alec Bradley Cigar Company announced today that the popular Black Market Filthy Hooligan and Black Market Filthy Hooligan Shamrock limited edition cigars are now shipping to tobacconists worldwide.

In September 2020 Alec Bradley offered for sale 2000 boxes of Filthy Hooligans and 1500 boxes of Filthy Hooligan Shamrock to tobacconists for February 2021 release. Both production runs were immediately sold out. 2021 marks the eighth-year return of Filthy Hooligan and third year return of Filthy Hooligan Shamrock.

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TAA Host 2021 Annual Meeting and Convention TAA 2021 Exclusive Series Products Announced


ATLANTA, GA – March 25 – The Tobacconists’ Association of America hosted their 53rd Annual Meeting and Convention virtually on March 23rd.

During the event, the new TAA 2021 Exclusive Series Product line was announced as well as the reveal of a new consumer website for the product line taaexclusive.com


TAA 2021 Exclusive Series Line-up:


  • CLE Signature THT-EKE
  • Crowned Heads – The Lost Angel TAA
  • Drew Estate – Cuatro Cinco Edicion Americana
  • E.P. Carrillo – 2021
  • General Cigar – Diesel Disciple
  • Gurkha – Nicaragua Series TAA Exclusive
  • illusione Cigars – TAA Exclusive 2021
  • J.C. Newman – Brick House Beginnings
  • Kristoff – 685 Woodlawn Box Press
  • La Palina – White Label
  • LFD – TAA 50 ORO Edicion
  • Rocky Patel – “Bala” Vintage 2006 Nicaragua
  • Villiger – TAA Exclusive 2021


Also announced were future dates for the TAA Meeting and Convention. TAA will hold a face-to-face event October 24-28, 2021 at Casa de Campo, Dominican Republic. TAA 2022 will be held March 20-24, 2022 at Hacienda del Mar, Los Cabos Mexico.

For more information about the annual event, or TAA, contact Executive Director Stephanie Guadagno at 770-597-6264 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Hiram & Solomon's New Partner: Casagranda

casagranda logoHiram & Solomon Cigars has announced their latest European distribution partnership. The company has aligned with Casagranda Cigars GmbH in Germany to carry the Brand full production lines.

Founded by Werner Casagranda, who was lucky enough that in 2012 he turned this passion into his profession, Casagranda Cigars cooperates with large producers and boutique manufacturers and has a small but fine range of inventory that is constantly being expanded. The handpicked boutique cigars come from factories in Nicaragua and Costa Rica that comply with high quality standards, thus making the art of creating tasteful cigars come alive at the highest level.

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DIESEL DEBUTS DISCIPLE, A TAA EXCLUSIVE

diesellogoDiesel proudly presents its first TAA-exclusive cigar called Disciple.

Blended by AJ Fernandez, handcrafted at Tabacalera AJ Fernandez in Estelí, Nicaragua and developed in collaboration between AJ and General Cigar’s Justin Andrews, Diesel Disciple is a robust and balanced cigar, blended in AJ’s signature style.

The blend is made with a Mexican San Andrean wrapper, an Ecuadoran Sumatra binder and its filler is exclusively comprised of Nicaraguan Habano from Esteli.

An unexpected layer of sweetness lends balance to Disciple’s bold and peppery smoking experience.

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CAO LAUNCHES ARCANA SERIES WITH MORTAL COIL

CAO LOGOCAO is launching a new series called “Arcana” which will highlight the secrets and traditions of old-world tobacco processing methods, passed down from generation to generation to bring out the best in native tobaccos from across the globe.

The first release in the CAO Arcana series is called “Mortal Coil,” a single cigar that resurrects “Andullo,” the oldest tobacco fermentation method of the Dominican Republic.

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MACANUDO PARTNERS WITH BARSTOOL SPORTS FOR NATIONAL GOLF TOURNAMENT

inspiradoMacanudo Inspirado announced that the brand is partnering with Barstool Sports, the maverick sports lifestyle platform, and has been named the official cigar of the Barstool Classic Golf Tournament kicking off today at the Innisbrook Island Course in Palm Harbor, FL.

This year, the Barstool Classic is executing 20 stops with 26 events in 19 states, plus a four-day Championship at Pinehurst Resort. Through its sponsorship of the Barstool Classic, Macanudo will deliver brand experiences at all 26 qualifying tournaments and the four-day Championship. A national online sweepstakes and in-store events will expand the program’s reach throughout the country.

Barstool Sports is a next-generation media company that combines sports with pop culture to engage fans through innovative programming that spans digital and experiential activations.

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Protocol Pool Party Year 2 Cigar

ppp2Protocol Pool Party Year 2 Cigar.

Protocol Cigars announces a special limited edition release cigar called the Protocol Pool Party Year 2. It is a follow up to last year’s release. The cigars were produced at Erik Espinosa’s La Zona Factory in Esteli, Nicaragua. The Protocol Pool Party Year 2 is going to be a special cigar. It will be the company’s first ever barber pole cigar. The PPPY2 as the company is calling it for short, will be a 6x52 round barber pole with a rabito on the head. The two wrappers will be one Mexican San Andreas Maduro leaf and a Ecuadorian Connecticut Shade leaf. Juan Cancel, owner and founder said the following: “We are always looking to do interesting things with our limited releases. We were always curious about doing a barber pole but didn’t want to do anything too gimmicky when it came to the actual cigar. However for a cigar that will be given to those attending our Year 2 Pool Party a barber pole cigar seems perfect! What’s even more exciting is the fact we are using the wrappers of the Themis and Probable Cause to make a really cool and unique cigar only available to those attending this special event!!!”

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NEW MACANUDO INSPIRADO WHITE FRONTMARKS HITTING STORES

MacanudoinspiradoThe Macanudo Inspirado White line is expanding with two new sizes created in response to demand from retailers and cigar lovers.

Steve Abbot, senior brand manager of Macanudo said, “The Macanudo Inspirado White portfolio had consisted of six popular sizes, yet our retailers and cigar smokers wanted more. We responded by creating a Corona and Cigarillo and are confident that the new sizes will become fast-selling additions to this highly successful brand.”

Introduced in 2017, Macanudo Inspirado White is counted among the top-sellers in the Macanudo portfolio. The blend spent several years in development and features tobaccos that have been refined and aged to perfection. This creamy, alluring smoke is known for its complexity and mellow, smooth-smoking qualities.

Macanudo Inspirado White is made with a proprietary Ecuadoran Connecticut wrapper developed by General Cigar’s agronomists to deliver an aesthetic quality like no other.  Aged for six years and refined to a creamy shade of gold, the wrapper crowns an Indonesian binder. The blend features Nicaraguan Condega and Mexican San Andres leaves, each aged for four years and Nicaraguan Jalapa aged for two years. All told, the blend delivers a layered smoking experience with subtle notes of earth and spice.

Both new formats have begun shipping to retailers. The Corona is handcrafted at HATSA in Danli, Honduras and the Cigarillo is made at General Cigar Dominicana in Santiago, D.R.

Macanudo Inspirado White Corona (5.5” x 42) – SRP per cigar $5.49; 20 cigars per box

Macanudo Inspirado White Cigarillo (4 3/16” x 32) – SRP per 10-cigar tin $15.99.

PUNCH TO LAUNCH KUNG POW! LIMITED EDITION CIGAR

punch logoPunch will kick off The Year of The Ox with the launch of a limited-edition smoke called Punch Kung Pow!, the third release in the brand’s highly successful Chinese New Year Series. Kung Pow! is a follow up to 2020’s Punch Chop Suey and 2019’s Punch Egg Roll.

Ed Lahmann, senior brand manager of Punch and the creator of Kung Pow! said, “The Chinese New Year Series for Punch has become a new tradition and for the 2021 release, we took a page from the Szechuan cookbooks. The medium-to-full-bodied blend is vaguely sweet with an undercurrent of spice, just like the popular Chinese food dish of the differently-spelled name. We put a new spin on the takeout container for this year’s release, and we’ve once again hit the post-holiday sweet spot for cigar lovers with a per-cigar price of just $5.99. My advice: get your hands on this one fast because it’s coming in hot!”

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H&S Announces the CURAMUS

curamasHiram & Solomon Cigars Announces the CURAMUS.

Hiram & Solomon Cigars has announced their latest addition to the company’s core line of Freemasons branded cigars. The CURAMUS is a cigar that was specially crafted for MW Robert V. Monacelli, Grand Master of the Most Ancient and Honorable Society of Freemasons for the State of New Jersey.

The Freemasons are the largest and oldest fraternal organization with a mission to:

Promote a way of life that binds like-minded men with the principles of Brotherly Love, Relief and Truth in order to serve God, Family, Country, Neighbor and self.”

Hiram & Solomon Cigars has donated, through their cigar sales, 10’s of thousands of dollars to Masonic charities including the Shriners Children’s Hospital and also to non-Masonic community events.

Owner Fouad Kashouty noted: Our latest addition to the company’s portfolio is named CURAMUS a Latin word which translates to “We Care “, a simple, yet important mantra for Freemasons. Like those that preceded them, CURAMUS will follow in the tradition of giving as noted in a letter from the MW Grand Master, which states a portion of the proceeds will go to:

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THE FORGED CIGAR COMPANY LAUNCHES EL REY DEL MUNDO

THE FORGED CIGAR COMPANY LAUNCHES EL REY DEL MUNDO

National Distribution Network Premieres Top-Selling Internet/Catalog Brand at Retail

erdm rlRichmond, VA (January 22, 2021) – The Forged Cigar Company, an independent national cigar distribution network that launched on January 13, 2021, announced today that the company will begin selling the legendary Honduran brand El Rey del Mundo to brick and mortar locations across the U.S. starting in February, 2021.

El Rey Del Mundo was previously available exclusively through JR Cigars and Santa Clara Wholesale and rose to become a top-selling, top-rated brand for more than 20 years. The brand has been handcrafted at Scandinavian Tobacco Group’s HATSA factory in Honduras since. Under The Forged Cigar Company, El Rey Del Mundo will debut at retail as a full-time line featuring six frontmarks.

El Rey Del Mundo is exactly the type of brand that will flourish under The Forged Cigar Company. By introducing this established brand to brick and mortar retailers nationwide and supporting it with customized programming to drive interest among cigar lovers, my team and I will take a brand with great potential to the next level. We look forward to generating a lot noise at retail for El Rey Del Mundo, our first brand to debut under Forged,” said Sean Hardiman, national sales manager of The Forged Cigar Company.

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LGC Presents Spirit of the Lady

forged logoLa Gloria Cubana Presents Spirit of the Lady

Limited Edition Release Celebrates the Artisans of the Original Boutique Brand

La Gloria Cubana, the original boutique brand, has created a special five-country blend that celebrates the masterful artisans of the El Credito Cigar Factory in Santiago, Dominican Republic.

Called “Spirit of the Lady,” the limited edition collection will be available exclusively at U.S. cigar shops beginning on March 2 and includes two box-pressed vitolas made from the finest aged tobaccos.

La Gloria Cubana and its Spirit of the Lady collection are distributed by The Forged Cigar Company.

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BREAKING: FDA Releases Final SE and PMTA Rules

pcalogoLast night, the Food & Drug Administration (FDA) and the Center for Tobacco Products (CTP) released the Final Substantial Equivalence (SE) and Premarket Tobacco Product Application (PMTA) Rules to address deemed products. While the rules apply regulations to a wide variety of products, FDA stopped short of applying the new regulations to "premium cigars" acknowledging that the agency is evaluating industry comments and its own research on the category.

“... at this time, FDA is not finalizing the proposed SE rule with respect to “premium” cigars. Rather, FDA will take appropriate action once it has further considered the comments submitted to the deeming rule docket that suggested FDA create a streamlined SE process for “premium” cigars...”

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AMENDOLA DISTRIBUTION DEAL WITH ILLUSIONE CIGARS

amendola(Miami, Florida) March 1, 2021—Amendola Family Cigar Co. announces that they have reached a distribution deal with Illusione Cigars. Illusione Cigars casts a wide net of retailer relationships across the US and internationally which will further expose Amendola’s premium cigars to smokers.

Jeffrey Amendola, a proud New York native, launched Amendola Family Cigar Co. in 2017, but his tobacco journey began in 2010. In his previous profession as a police officer, Jeffrey became immersed in what started as a cigar hobby. His passion for cigars grew and traveled to Ybor Cigar in 2012. There he learned to blend and roll premium cigars under the direction of Odelma Matos. In 2011, his blending and rolling education led to opening a small factory and tobacconist shop in Durham, N.C. In his mind the next logical step was to create his own brand, named in honor of what he cherishes most, family.

Jeffrey Amendola said: “I am grateful every day to my grandparents who arrived in the United States from Italy, penniless, and created a better life for us. Amendola cigars was created in honor of them and my Italian heritage. Together with my business partner and best friend, Christopher Monaco, we look forward to working closely with the Illusione Cigars team to further expose our story and Amendola Cigars to the smoking public.”

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Hiram & Solomon Announce New Distributor

bldist logoHS logoAfter much anticipation and preparation Hiram & Solomon Cigars have announced that they have signed a new distribution deal for the UK market with Bright Leaf Distribution Ltd .

Bright Leaf Distribution Ltd are an established cigar and cigar accessories importer and distributor, suppling all main retail and on-line specialist tobacconist and cigar merchants throughout the UK. Phil Matthews, Sales and Operations Manager, has 30+ years’ experience within the tobacco industry.

With this agreement, Hiram & Solomon Cigars will join the ranks of premium and boutique cigar brands that the Company imports, such as Rocky Patel, Ashton, EP Carrillo, La Galera, Oscar, Te-Amo and Juliany.

We believe that our partnership in the UK market, with all the history and Values that it represents, will bring many mutual benefits for both companies alike.

Fouad Kashouty

Owner and co-founder

MASQUERADE 2021 Ltd. Edition is Now Available

masqueradeMost have only heard rumors of this cigar! It's one of the rarest Ezra Zion unicorn blends of all time!

MASQUERADE was originally released over 3 years ago...and it's taken us this long to procure the phenomenal and rare tobaccos needed to make this extremely special cigar!

Frankly, I'd need an hour to tell you the backstory of this blend. It's taken us literally years of searching--countless miles traveled--and going to some places you've never even heard of--to get the ultra-rare tobaccos that are in MASQUERADE 2021 Ltd. Edition!

So yes, MASQUERADE 2021 Ltd. Edition holds a very special place in our heart. And yes, I have some secreted away in my personal humidor. (And no....I'm not gonna share any of it!)

Just gotta warn you though...This is a cigar for the true aficionado! (The novice smoker probably needs to pass on this one!) The flavors and character are deep, heavy, and rich...with a complexity that is absolutely astounding!

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STG FORMS THE FORGED CIGAR COMPANY

forged logoNational Distribution Network Represents Multimillion Dollar Investment in US Premium Cigar Category

Richmond, VA (January 13, 2021) – Scandinavian Tobacco Group A/S (STG) today announced that the company has formed The Forged Cigar Company, an independent national cigar distribution network, and will divide its portfolio of industry-leading brands between General Cigar Company (GCC), an STG subsidiary, and the newly-formed company.

Developed to deepen support for the brick and mortar channel, The Forged Cigar Company will serve as a stand-alone cigar distribution network with its own, initial team of 12 dedicated cigar sales professionals, bolstered by independent marketing and customized programming for its brands.

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CAO ZÓCALO BECOMES FULL TIME LINE

CAO LOGOCAO announces that Zócalo will return, this time as a full time addition to the CAO lineup.

CAO Zócalo, named for a celebratory city square in Mexico, was a limited edition blend released in just one size in 2018 and at that time marked the first CAO cigar to be made with a Mexican wrapper. Today the blend returns with three classic frontmarks.

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Crux Cigars Releases Epicure Lonsdale with Privada Cigar Club

Crux Cigars releases Epicure Lonsdale 6.5x44 limited release with Privada Cigar Club. 
cruxepicureCrux Cigars and Privada Cigar Club connect again to introduce a new Epicure Vitola. Privada Cigar Club was the first to introduce the 6x54 Short Salomone at the beginning of 2019. The 6.5x44 Lonsdale is a favorite size of PCC founder Brian Desind.
A nutty, peppery, creamy blend that has a smooth and clean finish, the Epicure line has been on the market since 2017 and features an Ecuadorian Connecticut wrapper with Nicaraguan binder and fillers. Blended by Jeff Haugen, Crux Cigars and Produced by Plasencia at La Catedral de Tobacco in Estelí, Nicaragua.
Other Epicure Vitolas:
  • Corona Gorda 5.375 x 46 (MSRP $9.25)
  • Robusto 5 x 50 (MSRP $10.00)
  • Toro 6.25 x 52 (MSRP $11.50)
  • Robusto Extra 5.75 x 54 (MSRP $10.75)
  • Short Salmone 6 x 54 (MSRP $11.99)
  • Gordo 6 x 60 (MSRP $12.50)