Cigar Companies Contribute To Hurricane Relief Effort
Disaster relief organizations are working overtime to provide assistance to those affected by Hurricane Irma, the largest hurricane to hit Florida in over a decade. Much of the U.S. cigar industry is based in cities like Miami, Tampa and Fort Lauderdale, and the effects of the storm on friends and neighbors has inspired two companies—boutique cigarmakers EPC Cigar Co. and the much larger Tabacalera USA—to make significant contributions to the ongoing relief effort. 2017-09-20T00:00:00Z Read More...(Cigar Aficionado)
My Father Shipping La Opulencia
In Spanish la opulencia means "the opulent," and that's exactly the kind of smoke My Father Cigars was aiming for when it created My Father La Opulencia, an old Cuban brand resurrected by the Garcia family. 2017-09-19T00:00:00Z Read More...(Cigar Aficionado)
EXCLUSIVE: Dion Giolito Buys OneOff
The once popular but now practically forgotten OneOff brand is now in new hands. Dion Giolito, creator of Illusione cigars, has purchased the OneOff trademark and has every intention of revitalizing this small boutique line of smokes. 2017-09-18T00:00:00Z Read More...(Cigar Aficionado)
Cigar Friendly Bill Passes In House of Representatives
There's some encouraging news in the cigar industry's fight against the FDA. The U.S. House of Representatives passed a bill yesterday afternoon that would prevent the Food & Drug Administration from using funds to regulate the premium cigar industry. 2017-09-15T00:00:00Z Read More...(Cigar Aficionado)
Cigars Announced For 2017 Big Smoke Las Vegas
The Big Smoke Las Vegas is more than an opportunity to greet your favorite cigarmakers, participate in engaging seminars, and enjoy the camaraderie of fellow aficionados, it's also the chance to try an array of premium cigars that come included with your Big Smoke Evening ticket. 2017-09-15T00:00:00Z Read More...(Cigar Aficionado)
Hurricane Irma Closes Many Florida Cigar Companies
The effects of Hurricane Irma were felt up and down the entire state of Florida. Powerful winds, a heavy storm surge and serious rains killed at least 12 people, knocked out power to an estimated 5 million homes and damaged thousands of homes and businesses. Much of the premium cigar industry is headquartered in Florida—and many members of the cigar business live there—so Cigar Aficionado reached out to see how they weathered the storm. Many have been forced to temporarily suspend business, largely due to power outages, the lack of shipping services and the impact to employees' homes. Here are their stories. 2017-09-13T00:00:00Z Read More...(Cigar Aficionado)
Have you ever heard the cranky old-timers complain that the cigars they used to smoke tasted different? They’re not just waxing poetic about a bygone era. They’re actually correct. Cigar tobacco today certainly isn’t the same as it was 50 years ago. 2017-09-12T00:00:00Z Read More...(Cigar Aficionado)
Trinidad Santiago Shipping this Month
Trinidad has gone full Dominican. A new cigar from Altadis U.S.A. called Trinidad Santiago is slated to hit store shelves by the end of September, and it's made with only Dominican tobacco. The new smokes were blended by Rafael Nodal of Boutique Blends fame—best known for his Aging Room line of cigars. 2017-09-11T00:00:00Z Read More...(Cigar Aficionado)
Hurricane Irma Moves Through Cigar Country
The world has been watching the destruction caused by Hurricane Irma, one of the most powerful hurricanes ever formed in the Atlantic Ocean. The storm made its first landfall on the tiny island of Barbuda on September 6 at peak intensity, packing sustained winds of 185 miles per hour and tore the island apart. It wreaked considerable damage on other islands as it moved northwest, striking St. Barthélemy, St. Martin and the British Virgin Islands including Anguilla. At least 19 deaths have been reported from the storm so far. 2017-09-08T00:00:00Z Read More...(Cigar Aficionado)
Houston Tobacconists Weather Hurricane Harvey
Business partners Daniel Goodwin and Cheryl Greenwald have more than 30 years of retail tobacco experience between them. Eight years ago they branched out on their own, opening Cigar Towne off Eldridge Parkway in Houston, less than two miles from the Barker Reservoir. 2017-09-07T00:00:00Z Read More...(Cigar Aficionado)
Oakland, Calif. Passes Ban on Flavored Tobacco
The sales of flavored tobacco in Oakland, Calif. will soon come to an end, as on Tuesday the city council approved a ban on retailers other than specialty tobacco shops selling the products. Known as the Oakland Children Smoking Prevention Ordinance, the ban will remove flavored tobacco products from the ...
Tucked away inside the Warped Cigars booth during the 2017 IPCPR Convention & Trade Show was a brand new line started by owner Kyle Gellis and his younger brother Devin. Named Edition One, the brand was showing off its debut line, a regular production Nicaraguan puro named Cloud Hopper that uses only AGANORSA tobacco. ...
Last month, a truck full of Drew Estate product was stolen in the Miami area. The company has said that a truck containing Tabak Especial Dulce Robusto and Undercrown Shade Belicoso was stolen on Aug. 8. Drew Estate made the announcement both to inform retailers about the stolen cigars and ...
The International Premium Cigars and Pipe Retailers Association will soon be looking for a new chief executive officer, as today the organization announced that Mark Pursell will be departing as of Oct. 15. “I’m so grateful for the opportunity IPCPR provided me,” Pursell said in a press release. “It has ...
In 2015 MoyaRuiz released The Chinese Finger Trap, which was the second of what would be three limited edition cigars for the company. The first was the La Jugada Nunchuck in 2014, followed by The Chinese Finger Trap in 2015 and finished with the Dim Mak in 2016. All three ...
Dion Giolito has purchased the rights to the OneOff cigars. The Illusione founder purchased the trademark from Cuban Crafters, which has owned the brand for the better part of the last decade. OneOff is remembered not for its time with Cuban Crafters, but its cigars of the early and mid-2000s. ...
NyB Cigars, the company behind the La Ley and Nicarao brands, has announced its newest line: La Preferida. It will be shown at this week’s InterTabac trade fair in Dortmund, Germany and began shipping to markets in October. The new line uses an Ecuadorian habano Colorado wrapper, a Mexican binder ...
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When MBombay announced it was adding a maduro version of its Gaaja line, the plan was for it to come in two vitolas. However, earlier this year when the company began shipping the new line, it shipped only one size: a 6 1/2 x 54 box-pressed Torpedo. As I found ...
If you’re looking to make news in the cigar industry, one sure fire way is to be a big name and announce you’re leaving it. Another is to be a big name who has left the industry but has announced a return. Matt Booth did both this year. In January ...
| STRENGTH: FULL | BODY: FULL | TASTING NOTES: SPICY, WOODY, HINTS OF ESPRESSO | In 2015 two police officers, Juan Cancel and Bill Ives, revealed the industry’s newest cigar brand: Cubariqueno! Launched nationally at the 2015 IPCPR trade show in New Orleans, Cubariqueno was created by two police officers, Juan Cancel & Bill Ives. The La Zona cigar factory in Esteli, Nicaragua is the chosen location where all Cubariqueno blends are created under the watchful eye of Erik Espinosa. Cubariqueno’s freshman release is the protocol. Originally a single blend... Tue, 19 Sep 2017 15:22:54 +0000 Read More...(TheCigarNut)
Cigar Review: Todos Las Dias
“Todos Las Dias is my personal Spanglish translation meaning ‘All the Days,’” said Steve Saka, Dunbarton’s owner, in a press release. “The workers at Joya de Nicaraguan often cringe at my casual butchering of their mother tongue, but in my opinion cigars are far more than a grammar lesson to abide, they are the physical manifestation of a feeling and of an experience. It is a supple, sungrown Cuban Seed capa which encapsulates its intricate tripa recipe of rich Jalapa and Esteliano tobaccos. From the first puff, there is no... Fri, 08 Sep 2017 18:27:45 +0000 Read More...(TheCigarNut)
Cigar Review: Headley Grange by Crowned Heads
Following the huge success of Crowned Heads first addition to the cigar world - Four Kicks - which like many of their cigars, has a clear reference to music - this one in specific a song by the band Kings of Leon, the company has continued with branding, design and focus all their own. Being a group with close ties to the music industry and living in Nashville, incorporating the music industry into their cigars fit right in line with who they are. Sat, 26 Aug 2017 21:52:02 +0000 Read More...(TheCigarNut)
Undercrown Sun Grown
| STRENGTH: MEDIUM+ | BODY: FULL | TASTING NOTES: EARTHY, TOASTED OAK, HINTS OF SPICE AND MALT | The Undercrown is one of Drew Estate’s best selling core line cigars – birthed from the famed Liga Privada, which many of you may know was a private blend made for Steve Saka during his time at Drew Estate. The Undercrown was released in October of 2010 as a sort of “alternative” to the Liga Privada which was quite hard to find at the time. The story of the Undercrown is really... Thu, 17 Aug 2017 15:09:56 +0000 Read More...(TheCigarNut)
Fable Fourth Prime
| STRENGTH: FULL | BODY: FULL | TASTING NOTES: TOASTED OAK, BLACK PEPPER, HINTS OF CHOCOLATE AND HAZELNUTS | Last year, at the 84th annual IPCPR show in Las Vegas, I walked into the RomaCraft booth to just walk around and check out what was new over there. While at the booth, I noticed a single display for a company which I hadn’t heard of before: Fable. This piqued my interest so I went to take a few photos and as I did so, a gentleman by the name of... Mon, 14 Aug 2017 07:26:18 +0000 Read More...(TheCigarNut)
Hit & Run
| STRENGTH: MEDIUM | BODY: MEDIUM | TASTING NOTES: CEDAR, WHITE PEPPER, HINT OF CITRUS | In 2009 a former Marine turned Jeweler entered the cigar industry with a new perspective and unique flair that has echoed through the industry ever since. His name? Matt Booth of Room 101 brands. Now people seem to enter the industry all the time, coming in with what they believe is the hottest new thing, but few make it very far. The market soon realizes that it’s just the same thing they’ve seen time... Wed, 02 Aug 2017 16:36:35 +0000 Read More...(TheCigarNut)