La Gloria Cubana® is making a bold departure from its Dominican roots with the launch of two new Nicaraguan collections, the first-ever La Glorias to have Nicaragua as the country of origin. Both expressions will mark the expansion of the top-selling Serie R line which started the large ring, full flavor craze back in 1999.
According to Michael Giannini, General Cigar’s director of innovation, “When Serie R debuted, we established a market for bold cigars, and inspired other manufacturers to follow suit. We’re shaking things up again, by further expanding the size … Continue reading the story "LA GLORIA CUBANA TO LAUNCH ITS FIRST NICARAGUAN CIGARS"
Basel, April 2013. Inspired by Zino Davidoff’s pioneering spirit, we at Davidoff Cigars have made it our mission to bring the modern aficionado a variety of taste experiences and cigar smoking pleasures. Our experts, led by master blender Hendrik “Henke” Kelner, unceasingly explore every opportunity to create new and diverse ways of ensuring time spent enjoying each and every Davidoff cigar is time beautifully filled.
For this challenge, Henke and his team embarked on a worldwide search for tobaccos that would enable us to create a unique cigar. The search landed in the tobacco fields of Nicaragua.
Preparing, curing and ageing this … Continue reading the story "Journey into Davidoff Nicaragua Explore Adventure Discover"
CAO Brazilia Carnivale is hitting cigar shops as we speak. The 6 ½” x 60 box-pressed beauty is a limited edition release that puts an innovative spin on the popular Brazilia blend.
“Carnivale” is made with ligeros from the DR, Honduras and Nicaragua, and a binder from Brazil. The wrapper is a rare Habano Grueso leaf cultivated only in small quantities.
Rick Rodriguez who heads up blending for CAO said, “We haven’t changed any CAO blends since we took over the brand. But that doesn’t mean we couldn’t put our spin on one … Continue reading the story "Press Release: CAO Brazilia Carnivale Hits Retail"
Country: Dominican Republic
MSRP: around $4
My Rating: 3.5 Stars!
This is a very interesting cigar for me. I have been a huge Thurman Thomas fan since I was a kid and collected all of this football cards. When Stogieboys sent me some cigars influenced by him I was very interested to say the least. Here is what the Stogieboys website says about them:
"Hall of Fame running back Thurman Thomas is a consummate professional. An avid cigar enthusiast, Thurman Thomas has created this exquisite new cigar brand and StogieBoys … Continue reading the story "Thurman Thomas Hall of Fame Toro Maduro Cigar Reivew"
“For years,” reports Anto Mahroukian, president of JM Tobacco, “our JM’s premium cigars have included 5.5" x 62 Gordo and 6.75" x 62 Gordo Grande shapes. Now, with smokers moving to large ring-gauge shapes, we’re offering our new Gordito, a short, fat 4" x 62. Gordito has joined all four existing lines of JM’s Dominicans ... Connecticut Shade, Corojo, Sumatra and (Connecticut broadleaf) Maduro. We feel this new shape will gain a following, because it delivers a 30- to-45-minute smoke that is filled with the same rich, complex … Continue reading the story "JM Tobacco Debuts New JM Dominican Premium Cigar Shape … “Gordito”"
Kurt A. Kendall, founder of today’s 7-20-4 Cigars, has once again explored cigar history, reintroducing a second dusty brand ... “Hustler” ... a trademark that hails back to the late Nineteenth Century. It follows the company’s introductions of the 7-20-4 and 1874 boutique lines.
In 2009, Kendall breathed new life into the venerable “7-20-4" brand name, acquiring the trademark for the original 7-20-4 line. It was named after the 1874-founded manufacturer in Manchester, New Hampshire. The company became the world’s largest cigar producer, until the 1962 Embargo killed its supply of … Continue reading the story "Kurt A. Kendall Dips into Cigar History with 7-20-4 Cigars’ New “Hustler” Boutique Brand"
Country: Honduras & Nicaragua
Wrapper: Connecticut Shade
Filler: Honduras & Nicaragua
MSRP: around $7
My Rating: 4 Stars!
Thanks to Paul Joyal for the samples to be able to try this great J.Grotto line. The Reserve is the part of the line that I reviewed earlier in the year and I really enjoyed it. I was pretty excited to hear about the silk version and couldn't wait to get my hands on them. The cigar looks great, feels good in the hand and has very small veins running through it.
The flavors from … Continue reading the story "J Grotto Silk Robusto Cigar Review"
For the first time,Davidoff will offer the perfect range of cigar gifts for the holidays Davidoff reveals the perfect holiday gifting solution for the first time in the brand’s history. Perfect for the Davidoff aficionado, gifts include festive holiday sleeves wrapping an array of Davidoff cigars as well as accessories from the brand. Whether shopping for dad, friends or colleagues, the assortment features a variety of price points to allow the perfect gift for everyone. The holiday designs will adorn some of the brand’s assortment packs, … Continue reading the story "Press Release: Davidoff Unveils 2012 Holiday Gift Collection"
2013 is represented in the Chinese calendar by the sign of the snake. To mark the occasion,Davidoff has created the new "Year of the Snake" edition of cigars with three fine limited edition accessories.
Basel, November 2012. At the start of the Chinese Year of the Snake (February 10, 2013), Davidoff is launching the new 2013 "Year of the Snake” Edition cigars with exclusive limited-edition accessories. In the Chinese calendar, the sixth of the twelve Chinese signs of the zodiac is characterized as wise and graceful. … Continue reading the story "Press Release: Davidoff Releases 2013 “Year Of The Snake” Edition"
Ocean State Cigars’ new Lancero Limitado shape (7-1/2" x 41) is now available for shipment to retailers, following a three-month delay. Tobacconists can receive shipments of J. Grotto Reserve Lancero Limitados in time for holiday shopping. The boutique premium cigar was planned to debut and ship to retailers at IPCPR time, but suffered delays at Fabrica de Tabacos Raices Cubanas, the Honduran manufacturer. According to Paul Joyal, Ocean State Cigars’ founder, “The factory is suffocating under success, having been swamped with orders, due to the reputation they’ve earned for quality and performance. It’s understandable, based on the ratings for their … Continue reading the story "Press Release: New J. Grotto “Lancero Limitado” Boutique Premium Cigar is Now Shipping"
Zander-Greg has just debuted their new Nat Cicco HHB superpremium cigar. It comes in three sizes: 7-1/4" x 52, 6-1/4" x 56 and 5-1/4" x 54. They share a pigtail-capped head and a foot that is enclosed within the wrapper. Both features are also common to Zander-Greg’s just-introduced Aniversario 1965, which celebrates the year the Nat Cicco (SEEK-oh) “Rejects” were born ... the original value-priced cigar based on the oft-copied “Rejects” theme.
HHB has an Ecuadorian-grown Connecticut Shade leaf wrapper, with a Nicaraguan binder and filler. The cigar is well-balanced … Continue reading the story "Press Release: Zander-Greg Announces New Superpremium Cigar With a Simple “Just Compare It”"
MSRP: around $7.95
My Rating: 4.50 Stars!
IPCPR 2012 brought us a lot of new and interesting cigars. It has been 4 years since I have attended the show but from what I have heard a lot of good things are on the horizon. One of these is the new offering from General cigar, the Foundry. This cigar was created on the premise of the "steam punk" craze. The weird bronze ring that comes on it is interesting to say the least. It actually fit my … Continue reading the story "Foundry by General Cigar – Wells Cigar review"
Tampa, FL – September 14, 2012 – This year marks the 25th Anniversary of the AVO cigar
brand created by cigar icon Avo Uvezian, who began composing cigars in 1987. To celebrate the 25 years of “CIGARS IN PERFECT HARMONY,” Avo Uvezian has decided to share with you his two greatest passions, the piano and the cigar. It is this passion for music and cigars that has presented Avo with such happiness throughout the last quarter century. Today, in celebration of … Continue reading the story "Press Release: DAVIDOFF OF GENEVA DISTRIBUTION INTRODUCES AVO 25TH ANNIVERSARY EDITION"
Shape: Corona Especial
MSRP: around $8.00
My Rating: 4.50 Stars!
When i received these samples I had never heard of this brand. I was intrigued though at how well made they seemed and how beautiful the wrappers were. This is a cigar from yesteryear as it is an old brand from a long time ago. From the 7-20-4 website:
Kurt A. Kendall always had a fascination for old cigar memorabilia and collected anything he could get his hands on. After years in the industry, he had the idea … Continue reading the story "K.A. Kendall’s 7-20-4 1874 Series Corona Especial Cigar Review"
Table 36, an emerging boutique cigar maker, unveiled its first premium cigar line in May. Fellowship, a medium- to medium-full-bodied cigar, is made at the Alec Bradley-owned Fabrica de Tabacos Raices Cubanas (“Cuban Roots Cigar Factory”) in Danli, Honduras. The company currently produces a string of 90+ rated boutique cigars, under their own label and for several private label customers.
Table 36 founder and president, Bob Atchisson, describes Fellowship’s birth: “A full year, working with Raices Cubanas’ master blender, has refined it into our ‘best-foot-forward’ market entry. … Continue reading the story "Press Release: Table 36 Debuts the Fellowship Line of Premium Cigars"