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In Memoriam: Kerry Doetzel (drillrk1)

KERRY DOETZEL  aka: drillrk1
Jan 20, 1959 (St. Louis, MO)
Oct 19, 2014 (Springfield, IL)
One of the great guys in the cigar brotherhood passed away due to a sudden heart attack. Kerry Doetzel (drillrk1) was a friend of mine for over a decade.
We first met in Springfield at the 2001 Land of Lincoln Herf (LOLH), of which he was one of the organizers. We hit it off immediately and became close friends over the years. I stayed at his home at a number of those herfs, many times remaining up late into the night while smoking fine cigars and drinking Lagavulin single malt. We did the same at the SoCal herfs for several years. Fine times those were.
Kerry was a big man with an even bigger heart. Many of you reading this were recipients of his overwhelming generosity. I still have three of the Club Epicure 2000s he gifted me. One I smoked upon the births of my twin grandchildren this past June. I’ll smoke one of the remaining in memory of Kerry.

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La Aurora issues warning, the Lion has gone rogue!

Untamed, by La Aurora to be showcased at IPCPR 2014

(Santiago, DR) July 1, 2014 - La Aurora Cigars is proud to announce the release of their latest creation, Untamed by La Aurora. Using tobacco selected specifically for this project, La Aurora aims to please even the most demanding consumer with this unique blend. Led by master blender, Manuel Inoa, the team at La Aurora has been able to attack this ambitious project head on and are eager to release the beast in Las Vegas.

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General Cigar Acquires Torano Brands

September 11, 2014


Richmond, VA -- General Cigar Company today announced the acquisition of the Toraño Family Cigar Company brands. This acquisition will strengthen General Cigar’s market position and enhance the company’s product mix to deliver greater value and innovation to its retail customers and consumers. It will also allow General Cigar to further expand its exceptional portfolio of leading brands by offering opportunities within the company’s international footprint, while presenting significant growth potential in the domestic market.

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Miami Cigar & Co. reaches distribution deal

On the heels of debuting new look; the company welcomes Hfbarcelona to the MCC family

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(Miami, Florida) June 30, 2014— Miami Cigar & Company proudly announces that they have reached an agreement to become the official exclusive distributor of Hfbarcelona in the United States.

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Celebrate CigarWeekly Relaunch!


Cigar Weekly announces the launch today of a new and improved online magazine devoted to cigars and the cigar lifestyle for regular people at

The redesigned magazine promises to be a premium destination for 'lovers of the leaf', and will include regular features focusing on cigars, pipes and tobacco. But these are just one part of the cigar lifestyle. And so we'll also offer articles on preparing delicious food from all over America and the world, on travel to cigar hotspots around the world, on beverages (particularly fine Scotch whiskies, but not limited to them), as well as the latest in cigar news and 'down-to-earth', unique reviews of individual cigars done by regular guys.

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Roberto Duran to introduce the Roberto P. Duran Cigar at the 2014 IPCPR

(Miami, Florida) June 30, 2014— Roberto P. Duran Premium Cigars, after a successful 2013 launch with the Azan Line of cigars is ready to come into the 2014 IPCPR with a new super-premium blend: The Roberto P. Duran Cigar Brand.

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A new Nomad vitola!


Nomad Cigar Co. Adds a “Belicoso” To The Connecticut Fuerte Collection

Tamboril, Dominican Republic (July 8, 2014) – Nomad Cigar Company is pleased to announce the release of a Belicoso sized cigar to its popular Connecticut Fuerte collection.


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Buena Vista Cigars makes it's much awaited return to US market

(Miami, Florida) June 19, 2014— M.G.M. Cigars proudly announces the return of the Buena Vista Cigar brand of premium cigars to the United States. In 2011 Buena Vista Cigars made a brief appearance in the U.S. scene with tons of internet buzz and rave reviews from cigar media. M.G.M. Cigars has now brought back to the U.S.  public the “Worlds fines Cuban seed cigar”-Buena Vista Cigars.


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A.J. Fernandez to Introduce Their Newest Cigar Brand at the IPCPR - New World

(Miami, Florida) July 11, 2014— A.J. Fernandez Cigars, known for producing consistently highly rated and sought after cigars is proud to unveil “New World” at the 2014 IPCPR in Las Vegas. New World will be showcased as a value brand featuring the same quality, consistency, and workmanship that is expected from A.J. Fernandez.  The New World Cigar brand is the first blend in where A.J. Fernandez and father Ismael Fernandez come together

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A.J. Fernandez cigars proudly announces Robbie Streitz as new National Sales Manager

ajfernandez(Miami, Florida) June 10, 2014A.J. Fernandez Cigars, known for producing some of the finest cigars in the industry is proud to announce Robbie Streitz as their new Nation Sales Manager. Robbie will manage the sales force from A.J. Fernandez headquarters located in Sunrise, Florida.

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TORAÑO FAMILY CIGAR CO. to Unveil the "Charlie Torano - Captiva" at the 2014 IPCPR


(Miami, FL) July 8, 2014—Toraño Family Cigar Co., respected in the cigar-making industry for nearly 100 years, proudly announces that Charlie Toraño, for the first time, will unveil a cigar under his own name: Charlie Toraño Captiva.

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The New Look Miami Cigar & Co. to Celebrate 25 years in business at the 2014 IPCPR

Armed with a new image, the company sets a new tone for the next two decades.


(Miami, Florida) June 3, 2014— Miami Cigar & Company targets the 2014 IPCPR as the official launch pad for their new “look” as they celebrate 25 years in business. These key changes in branding aside from being of celebratory significance also better position the company to increase [brand] awareness to continue to serve their customers for the next 25 years.


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