June 11, 2019 — Black Label Trading Company is pleased to announce its Sixth annual release of MORPHINE: Hand crafted in Esteli, Nicaragua at BLTC’s own factory, Fabrica Oveja Negra.
“I can’t believe it’s been six years since our first Morphine release. To celebrate we have brought back one of my favorite vitolas, the 7×38 Lancero. The other vitolas are old favorites also, the short Robusto and the Box Pressed Corona Gorda. This years vintage is rich and earthy with bold spice on the retro. The key note flavors are raisin, black cherry and a big blast of anise on the finish. This vintage is one of the best yet!”said James Brown, creator of BLTC and partner at Fabrica Oveja Negra.
MORPHINE cigars will be available in limited quantities at select BLTC retailers beginning this week.
Country of Origin: Nicaragua Wrapper: Mexican San Andrés Maduro Binder: Nicaraguan Habano Filler: Nicaragua
Sizes will be a Corona Gorda Box Press (5.5 x 46) in 18 count box (MSRP $10.50), Lancero (7 x 38) in a 12 count box (MSRP #11.50), and Short Robusto (4.5 x 50) in a 20 count box (MSRP $10.50).
Black Label Trading Company is redefining the standards for cigar making. With a less is more philosophy, Black Label Trading Co. creates hand crafted premium cigars of the utmost quality at their own factory in Nicaragua.
June 11th, 2019 (Bradenton, Fla.) – Royal Agio Cigars USA announced today that they will be expanding the Balmoral Añejo XO lineup with the release of Balmoral Añejo XO Nicaragua. The new release will be displayed in the Royal Agio booth (Booth #3638) at the 2019 IPCPR Tradeshow in Las Vegas, NV.
The release of Balmoral Añejo XO Nicaragua further rounds out the lineup for Balmoral Añejo XO that currently includes Añejo XO (Brazilian Arapiraca wrapper), Añejo XO Connecticut and Añejo XO Oscuro (Mexican San Andrés wrapper). Once again, this new blend aligns directly with the blending philosophy of the Balmoral Añejo XO brand, which is about consistently delivering the optimal balance of sophisticated complexity and smoothness. Each meticulously crafted, extensively aged cigar blend is the result of a relentless curiosity and global search for the top 5% of select premium tobaccos available, including the exclusive, signature Brazilian Mata Norte, that combine to accentuate flavor notes with an underlying natural sweetness.
When asked about the new Añejo XO Nicaragua blend, Boris Wintermans, 4th Generation CEO of Royal Agio Cigars stated, “The new Añejo XO Nicaragua is a special blend that has been in development for quite some time because, as usual, we wanted to ensure that we had the perfect combination of unique and exclusive, aged premium tobaccos that would make this Nicaragua blend truly stand out. Our curious approach to blending has once again led us to an exceptional, one-of-a- kind discovery sure to delight cigar lovers everywhere.”
The Balmoral Añejo XO Nicaragua blend is crowned with a sun-grown Nicaraguan Habano wrapper and provides a luxuriously bold experience with complex notes of rich oak, espresso, hazelnut and peppery spices that finish with a smooth, underlying natural sweetness.
Balmoral Añejo XO Nicaragua will also be handcrafted at the boutique, Royal Agio cigar factory in San Pedro de Macorís, Dominican Republic, and will be offered in the same vitolas as current Balmoral Añejo XO blends – Torpedo Mk52 6 ¼ x 52 (MSRP $11.25), Gran Toro 6 x 52 (MSRP
$10.50), Rothschild Masivo 5 x 55 (MSRP $9.75), Corona 5 7/8 x 42 (MSRP $9.00) and Petit Robusto FT (Flagtail) 4 ¼ x 48 (MSRP $8.50). These new blends will begin shipping to U.S. retailers in August, 2019.
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – Altadis U.S.A., maker of world-renowned premium cigars, is introducing the newest in the H. Upmann series, the H. Upmann Hispaniola by Jose Mendez. The brand is partnering with Jose Mendez for this special project, which will serve as a passport to the island of Hispaniola. In 1492 Christopher Columbus came ashore this island and named it Hispaniola (today known as the Dominican Republic and Haiti). Little did Columbus know that he had stumbled upon what would become one of the most important lands in all of tobacco. H. Upmann is paying tribute to this island through this new offering, that features exclusive varieties from the Dominican Republic such as Olor, Pilotico and Andullo tobacco – the last two developed exclusively for Altadis by the Mendez family, the largest tobacco grower in the island. Andullo tobacco – indigenous to the island of Hispaniola and rarely used for handmade premium cigars – undergoes a specialized fermentation process that helps accentuate the qualities of the leaf. This tobacco is then used in the filler, which provides the cigar with strength, rich aroma and deep flavor rarely seen in any other tobaccos. The result is a unique smoking experience.
Rafael Nodal, Head of Product Capability for Tabacalera USA. Stated: “Jose Mendez & Co. has an amazing library of rare and special Dominican tobacco. Together with Siegfried Maruschke, grandson of Jose Mendez and President of the company, we have created a cigar which highlights the spirit of Hispaniola and takes us on a journey through the most epresentative tobacco varieties of the island” H. Upmann Brand Manager Candela Diaz added, “We are very excited to expand the H. Upmann brand with the help of collaborators, such as Jose Mendez. It was quite the experience to see this ancient andullo tobacco brought back to life; our partners in Jose Mendez have done an outstanding job. We look forward to showcasing this one of a kind cigar in Las Vegas at the 2019 IPCPR,” she said. The H. Upmann Hispaniola is a full-flavored, medium to full bodied cigar that features Dominican fillers and binder within an Ecuadorian Sumatra wrapper. The andullo tobacco is mixed within the filler to create a richly complex smoking experience. The blend will be available in 20 count boxes in three different vitolas: Robusto, (50 x 5): $8.50 Toro (52 x 6 1/8): $8.95 Belicoso (50 x 6): $8.80 About Altadis U.S.A. Altadis U.S.A. has been crafting fine premium cigars since 1918 and is responsible for many of the world’s most renowned brands, including Henry Clay, Montecristo, Romeo y Julieta, H. Upmann and Trinidad. If you have ever enjoyed a premium cigar, there’s a good chance you’ve enjoyed a cigar crafted by Altadis U.S.A. Visit www.altadisusa.com for more information.
Tuesday, June 11, 2019 — Miami, FL- Today Drew Estate announces the release of three gift sets, including Undercrown Maduro, Undercrown Shade, Tabak Especial Negra, and two limited boxes for Kentucky Fire Cured Swamp Thang and Kentucky Fire Cured Sweets. The Drew Estate Gift Sets and limited boxes will be displayed in Drew Estate’s Booth at the IPCPR Convention and Tradeshow, held June 29-July 2, 2019 in Las Vegas, Nevada.
The Undercrown Maduro and Shade, along with Tabak Especial gift sets each will include a branded lighter and cutter exclusive to the gift set. The Undercrown Maduro features a Mexican San Andres Maduro wrapper, Connecticut Stalk Cut and Sun Cured Habano binder, and Brazilian Mata Fina and Nicaraguan Habano filler leaves. The Undercrown Shade features an Ecuadorian Connecticut Shade wrapper over a Sumatra binder with Dominican and Nicaraguan filler leaves.
Tabak Especial Negra features a rich Maduro wrapper over Nicaraguan binder and filler leaves, perfect to pair with your cup of coffee.
The Kentucky Fire Cured Swamp Thang Toro and Kentucky Fire Cured Sweets Just a Friend limited boxes are presented in a crafted wood display box containing 10 cigars. The Kentucky Fire Cured Swamp Thang pairs the deliciously sweet candela wrapper with the smoky & tasty Kentucky Fire Cured tobaccos, creating an eerie mystery with a unique and powerful experience. Kentucky Fire Cured Sweets features Kentucky seed tobacco grown and fire cured in Hopkinsville, Kentucky, along with Nicaraguan fillers. The cigar is wrapped with a Mexican San Andres wrapper with a sweetened tip creating a mouth feel on the cigar that is like bacon maple goodness mixed with bourbon and barbecue.
From the Wynwood Safehouse, Jonathan Drew President and Founder of Drew Estate notes, “The introduction of these gift sets answers the call of our retailers throughout the years. These are perfect for any special occasion, gifts for your Mom and Pops, your boss, your neighbor, cousin Vinnie, your homeboy, all sorts of good and honest folk… plus the exclusive swag only available in these sets is dope.”
The following gift sets featuring a branded lighter and cutter are shipping in August:
Undercrown Maduro Toro Gift Set MSRP $47.99
Undercrown Shade Toro Gift Set MSRP $47.99
Tabak Especial Negra Toro Gift Set MSRP $47.99
The following wooden display limited boxes featuring 10 cigars are shipping in August:
Kentucky Fire Cured Swamp Thang Toro Limited Box MSRP $72.00
Kentucky Fire Cured Just a Friend Sweets Limited Box MSRP $72.00
For full coverage of the Drew Estate Gift Sets and limited boxes and all of Drew Estate’s IPCPR national releases check out our 2019 #DEIPCPR promotion at www.drewestate.com/IPCPR. If you are attending IPCPR stop by for a smoke at the Drew Estate Booth (Booth #3213), and a crafted ACID cocktail under the Water Tower.
Hiram & Solomon Cigars is pleased to announce, the availability of our latest creation to fill out the company’s portfolio of fine premium cigars – The Grand Architect.
The Grand Architect gets its name from one of the founding principles of Freemasons.
“It is appropriate that a society founded on the principles of architecture, which symbolizes the terms of that science to moral purposes, and whose members profess to be architects of a spiritual temple should view the Divine Being, under whose holy law they are constructing that edifice, as their Master Builder or Great Architect. Sometimes, but less correctly, the title ‘Grand Architect of the Universe’ is found.”
The Grand Architect is a blend of select aged tobacco, including a rare Paraguay leaf that is also present in both the Entered Apprentice and Veiled Prophet and produces an inviting aroma.
• Wrapper – Corojo
• Binder – Seco Habano
• Fillers – Paraguay and 2 types of Nicaraguan Ligero
The Hiram & Solomon Grand Architect, is expressed in three popular vitolas and comes packaged in 20-count blue lacquered boxes:
• Robusto – 5 x 50
• Toro – 6 x 52
• Gran Toro – 6 x 60
Hand crafted at Plasencia Cigars in Esteli, Nicaragua, the Grand Architect has a retail price set between $10.00 and $12.00 USD.
If you are attending the 2019 IPCPR, we invite you to preview the Grand Architect at the Hiram & Solomon booth #3864.
For more information or questions contact us at [email protected] or Fouad Kashouty at +1 (732) 580-3266.
About Hiram & Solomon Cigars
As fellow Brethren WB Fouad Kashouty and Brother George Dakrat enjoyed cigars together, the discussion would eventually lead to the same realization: there was no accessible cigar on the market for Freemason smokers that carried the square and compass, nor any other Masonic Emblem. Upon coming to this conclusion, the topic of the conversation shifted into countless private meetings. The symposium consisted of talk concerning the possibility of creating not only a Masonic-themed cigar, but a quality cigar that would not just physically represent Freemasons all over the world but contain within it a quality that could match the caliber of excellence that the Brethren themselves contain. The dream of creating and proudly possessing such a cigar was never extinguished in WB Fouad Kashouty’s and Brother George Dakrat’s hearts.
Being one of the most fundamental aspects of Freemason Teachings, a way to incorporate charity into such a meaningful company was a must. In order to have the opportunity to give back to our supporters, Hiram & Solomon Cigars donates part of the sales profits to various Masonic and non-Masonic community charity events.
Our only hope is that creation of these cigars will bring positive experiences to all types of people the world over. Perhaps it will bring Brethren closer together as they bond over smoke after a meeting. Maybe it will bring a non-Brother a drive to learn about Freemasonry and its history. Perchance our experience inspires someone else to follow their dream and never give up. At the very least, we can rest assured that we have provided a consistently tasty, quality cigar that can appeal to everyone’s palate and represent Freemasons all over the world with pride.
For Immediate Release Ahead of 2019 IPCPR, Alan Rubin Announces Initial Lars Tetens Relaunch Brands and larstetenscigars.com
Fort Lauderdale, FL (June 4, 2019)
Alec Bradley Cigar Co. founder Alan Rubin first announced his acquisition of Lars Tetens Brands in April of this year. The acquisition created a partnership between the two cigar makers, Lars Tetens and Alan Rubin; as well as a sales and distribution agreement with Alec Bradley Cigar Co.
Since 1979 Lars Tetens has been renowned in the cigar world for innovating a unique and labor intensive conditioning process using essential oils and botanicals to make the most exotic premium cigars on the market. Conditioned cigars are new to the world of Alec Bradley and at the time of announcement, neither Alan nor Lars speculated as to which of the plethora of cigar brands Lars Tetens would resurrect under the new partnership.
Only a few weeks ahead of the 2019 International Premium Cigar & Pipe Retailers Association (IPCPR) Trade Show in Las Vegas, representatives from Alec Bradley can confirm that the new online home for Lars Tetens is larstetenscigars.com; as well, they have announced the initial brands that are being relaunched in full scale.
“This is a very unique opportunity for Alec Bradley and Lars Tetens. We sifted through a ton of Lars’s grandfathered blends and lines and found the most unique items to feature as our first foray into the world of Lars Tetens” said, Alec Bradley Director of Sales and Marketing, Jonathan Lipson.
Always a character, Lars noted that “we are going to sell a shit load of these cigars!”
The following premium lines are being reintroduced:
-Cubagua, a complex, yet balanced blend offering earth, creamy and delicately spicy notes, featuring a sweet tip. Cubagua will be presented in 25 count boxes in the following sizes Robusto, Toro, Churchill and Gordo; ranging $8.96-$11.20 per cigar.
-Grass, a limited production line that features larger ring gauged pig tailed/closed foot medium bodied cigars, known for their distinct aroma, will be offered in 20 count boxes in Big (a 6X52 Torpedo) and Bigger (6X60) and will retail for $45.00 and $50.00 per cigar respectively.
-Serie D, a fuller bodied line emphasizing the importance of ligero, the boldest part of the tobacco plant. Lars credits the Serie D as being one of his most important lines. Serie D will be offered in three sizes: Robusto (25 Count), Toro (25 Count) and Gordo (20 Count) and will retail for $10.85-$12.90 per cigar.
-SS, shorthand for “Spicy Sweet” is a medium bodied line that features a spicy/sweet tip that is unique to Lars Tetens. SS will be offered in 25 count boxes in Robusto, Toro and Churchill with per cigar retail ranging from $9.85-$11.25.
-Sutton Place is a luxury line as smooth as sophisticated as the famous Manhattan street the line pays homage to. Sutton Place will be available in Petit Corona, Robusto, Toro and Churchill. All sizes except for Petit Corona will be offered in 25 count boxes. The Petit Corona will be offered in 30 counts boxes. Retail is set for $6.75-$11.20 per cigar.
-Steam Punk offers an experience to both the novice and connoisseur cigar smoker alike. The medium bodied cigar features a full flavored smoking experience that can be appreciated by all levels of cigar smoker. Steam Punk will be offered in 25 count boxes in two sizes- Robusto and Toro – and will retail for $9.95 and $11.60 respectfully.
-Phat Cigars, an eclectic line of pigtail/closed foot cigar featuring unique sizes and flavors will be available in the mild Brief XTC ($14.25 per cigar); the medium bodied Royal ($11.75 per cigar), Asadachi ($15.50 per cigar) and Shorty ($11.75 per cigar); and the full bodied Sun Fook Ka ($12.00 per cigar) and Churchill ($15.50 per cigar). Churchill will be available in 20 count boxes, as the rest will be available in 25 count boxes.
“As we are reacquainting the cigar world to Lars Tetens cigars,” said Alan, “Lars and I made a conscious decision to color code the boxes to represent the flavor and body levels of the cigars. Blue is mild, white is medium, orange is full and red is ‘Sweet N Spicy’. All of the boxes feature original graffiti artwork from Lars himself. Our goal is to expose as many cigar enthusiasts to Lars’s products in the easiest way possible. This is a very exciting opportunity and it is time to bring the Lars name back to prominence where it belongs!”
Lars Tetens cigars will be featured at the Alec Bradley booth at IPCPR 2019. Shipping is expected Mid-August 2019.To learn more about Lars Tetens, please visit larstetenscigars.com . Brand pictures may be downloaded here.
Thursday, May 30, 2019 — Estelí, Nicaragua. – When Cuatro Cinco was originally released in 2013, it immediately became a favorite amongst smokers around the world and it was dubbed one of JDN’s true “Obras Maestras”. This summer, Joya de Nicaragua and Drew Estate are making an exclusive and limited beautiful smoke for cigar lovers across America: Cuatro Cinco Belicoso Exclusivo Eventos DDRP. This rare realease of Cuatro Cinco, will be ultra-limited to two boxes available for sale at Drew Diplomat Events (DDRP) from June until the end of 2019.
Cuatro Cinco is an extraordinary achievement by Fábrica Joya de Nicaragua. Originally released as Edición Limitada, it commemorated 45 years of cigar manufacturing. Cuatro Cinco Belicoso Exclusivo is a carefully refined recipe featuring select Grade A fillers, aged within vintage white oak barrels. This super-premium blend delivers subtle, but extraordinarily enchanting woody notes, complex flavors and a velvety finish, due to the combination of Nicaraguan wrapper, Dominican binder, and Nicaraguan fillers.
“As a unique symbol of appreciation to the Joya de Nicaragua and Drew Estate fans that come over to our events, we are delighted to share one of our factory’s greatest blends. If the Limited Edition Cuatro Cinco was a collector’s item, we can say that the Belicoso surpasses its uniqueness, and the only moment when it will be found in stores will be during our events at DDRP accounts, only 1,000 boxes available nationwide” stated Juan Ignacio Martínez, Executive President of Joya de Nicaragua.
The Cuatro Cinco Belicoso Exclusivo Eventos DDRP is a 6 x 54 Box Pressed cigar that will be available as of June for DDRP Events with a limited offer of only 2 boxes per event at an MSRP $140 with all sales based on availability, so first-come, first-served.
Fans of Joya de Nicaragua are encouraged to download Drew Diplomat the official mobile application of Drew Estate – The Rebirth of Cigars which is available in the App Store for iPhone®, and on Google Play™ for Android™. For more information head to http://drewdiplomat.com. For a complete list of DDRP events please visit the Drew Diplomat App.
About Joya de Nicaragua
Established in 1968, Joya de Nicaragua is Nicaragua’s first and oldest cigar factory in operation. JDN’s commitment to quality along with their skillful and resilient people have brought their handmade cigars to over 50 countries around the world, making it Nicaragua’s most international brand.
Obras Maestras is Joya de Nicaragua’s designation for its ultra-premium family of cigars. It features commemorative master blends handcrafted by our most outstanding artisans. Its brands include Cinco Décadas and Cuatro Cinco (Viña Carmen’s 2016 Cigar of the Year).
CROWNED HEADS TO UNVEIL DREW ESTATE COLLABORATION CIGAR AT IPCPR 2019 La Coalición To Debut At IPCPR 2019
Coalition(n): An alliance for combined action.
Several years in the making, the objective was to create an alliance between two companies with a combined experience of over 40 years in the disruption of the premium cigar world. The goal then became to challenge the accepted boundaries of premium cigars while paying homage and respect to the tradition and history of the craft.
The result is La Coalición, a creative collaboration between Drew Estate and Crowned Heads expressed in the consumable experience of a cigar that truly encompasses the vision and philosophies of each entity in union. “We believe that there is an undeniable synergy of philosophy and ethos between Drew Estate and Crowned Heads,” commented Crowned Heads co-founder, Jon Huber, “More specifically, Willy (Herrera) and I share a similar vision towards the tradition and artistry of cigars, blends, presentation, and so forth. What you’re going to see with La Coalición is truly a collaborative effort on every level between Crowned Heads and Drew Estate, and between Willy Herrera and Jon Huber.”
Manufactured at La Gran Fabrica Drew Estate in Esteli, Nicaragua, La Coalición will feature a Grade A Dark Connecticut (Broadleaf) wrapper, Sumatra binder, and filler tobaccos from Nicaragua and the Dominican Republic. The line will be packaged in 20-count boxes and be available in a range of (4) vitolas: Corona Gorda (5″x46), Gordito (5.5″x50), Siglo (6″x52), and Sublime (6.5″x54). The suggested retail price for La Coalición will be $10.95-$14.95 per cigar.
About Drew Estate Founded in New York City in 1996, Drew Estate has become one of the fastest growing tobacco companies in the world. Under their mantra, “The Rebirth of Cigars,” Drew Estate has led the “Boutique Cigar” movement by innovating new elements to the tobacco industry with their unique tobaccos and blending styles that have been attracting new and traditional cigar enthusiasts. In their Gran Fabrica Drew Estate, the Nicaraguan headquarters, Drew Estate produces a variety of brands such as ACID, Herrera Esteli, Herrera Esteli Norteno, Isla del Sol, Kentucky Fire Cured, Liga Privada, MUWAT, Larutan by Drew Estate, Nica Rustica, Pappy Van Winkle Barrel Fermented Cigars, Tabak Especial, Undercrown, Florida Sun Grown, and Java by Drew Estate,
May 27, 2019 – Austin, Texas Memorial Day offers Southern Draw Cigars another opportunity to remember and honor our brothers and sisters who have died while serving in our United States Armed Forces. Our Veteran Owned and Operated company is honored to share the IGNITE 2019 cigar releases benefitting the Navy SEAL Foundation. Once again the Southern Draw Cigars family is joining our premium cigar retailers, sponsors, industry media and supportive consumers to bring awareness and to offer financial support to services that are important to our family. Southern Draw Cigars is also proud to announce the initial launch dates of the NEW cigars as we come
together to IGNITE some good. “We are honored to have Southern Draw Cigars supporting the Navy SEAL Foundation with this promotion. As a company owned and operated by veterans, their commitment to giving back through their IGNITE program is incredible and the Navy SEAL Foundation is thrilled to be named as one of their benefitting charities for 2019”, Chris Irwin, Director of Partnerships at the Navy SEAL Foundation. www.navySEALfoundation.org The charitable giving and event schedules for IGNITE 2019 will be led by Southern Draw Cigars family members, Harry “Phil” and Shelly Hogan U.S. Navy Retired (the namesakes of the popular cigar blend CEDRUS- THE HOGAN), and Daniel Peterson US Navy Retired, SEAL Team 1 – BUD/S Class 54. “The Navy SEAL Foundation offers many areas of support and our family has selected two vitally important areas to focus our charitable contributions. 1)Warrior Transition – transition from active duty service into civilian life and 2)Warrior and Family Support – providing strength, resiliency and peace of mind via family support programs,” stated Shelly Hogan.
IGNITE 2019 will include a total of 50,000 cigars packaged in 5,000 black enamel humi-jars with radiant gold lettering, offering six NEW cigar offerings throughout 2019. Each release will offer a single blend and a single size cigar packaged in the newly designed IGNITE 2019 humi- jars and a small amount of 10 count bundles. All IGNITE cigars are perfectly protected by Boveda’s patented 2-way humidity control and a freshness seal, each donated by IGNITE sponsor www.bovedainc.com. Each purchase of IGNITE 2019 humi-jar will result in a charitable contribution of 12.5% of the cost to the Navy SEAL Foundation only possible as each valued retail partner jointly contributes to the selected charity. For more information on the IGNITE Mission, Vision and Values please visit us at www.southerndrawcigars.com/ignite “We are honored to announce the initial launch of IGNITE 2019 with collaborative events at Crown City Cigars www.crowncitycigars.com and McP’s Irish Pub www.mcpspub.com both in Coronado, California, which will host Southern Draw Cigars, the Navy SEAL Foundation and the community as we celebrate the National Release of IGNITE 2019 on June 20 th from 3 pm – 6pm PST,’ per Robert and Sharon Holt of Southern Draw Cigars. “We will continue the National Launch with a friends and family celebration at Beach House Winery www.beachhousewinery.com in Fallbrook, California on June 21 st from 3pm – 6pm, hosted by Kim and George Murray, who are also Southern Draw Cigars family members. The IGNITE 2019 releases may be pre-ordered (please note the specific cigar blend requested, as detailed below) by contacting Crown City Cigars or Beach House Winery in advance of the launch events. Following the launch, they will be available to all valued retail partners of Southern Draw Cigars. Retailers who are interested in these special releases and the charitable project are urged to contact Southern Draw Cigars to order,” added Holt. For those who are able to support the charity but unable to attend one of these launch events, please visit the Navy SEAL Foundation website and make direct contributions. Southern Draw Cigars will announce additional IGNITE retailers and future event dates including the End of Summer Smokeout on Saturday August 17 in Chesapeake, Virginia hosted by Atlantic Dominion Distributors (a ticket only event that may be purchased by visiting https://www.eventbrite.com/e/end-of-summer-smoke-out-3-tickets-60542536356
Cigar Blend Information. Q2 releases: (Q3 and Q4 release details will be offered at a later day)
IGNITE humi-jars ● Initially offering a choice of three NEW blend and two classic sizes that hold 10 cigars each of Double Corona or Rothschild ● Cigar bands representing the Navy SEAL Foundation with complimentary secondary bands that define each cigar blend and identify it as a product that proudly supports the Foundation. ● 10 count cigar bundles are wrapped in the new Southern Draw Cigars tissue paper and cello for packing.
● A Navy SEAL Foundation brochure is included in each jar and the Navy SEAL Foundation die cut sticker has been carefully applied to the cap of each humi-jar.
“LET ALL THINGS BE DONE WITH CHARITY” Please direct all questions, comments and requests about IGNITE or to inquire about sponsorship or retail opportunities to [email protected] For general information about Southern Draw Cigars, a list of retail partners and reviews, please visit us at www.southerndrawcigars.com.
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – Altadis U.S.A., maker ofworld-renowned premium cigars, will introduce a 38 X 4 sized handmade mini version of the H. Upmann Nicaragua by A.J. Fernandez, available in mid-June.
The original H. Upmann Nicaragua, which launched in 2017, exposed the time-honored brand to a new generation of adult cigar smokers. The brand will now be available to those looking for a handmade premium cigar in a convenient time-efficient vitola. This vitola has aptly been named, Papi. “Papi” is a term of endearment, frequently used by master blender A.J. Fernandez, for those close to him.
The H. Upmann Nicaragua Papi sets itself apart from other tins, as this vitola is a true, handmade, premium cigar made at the esteemed Tabacalera Fernandez factory in Estelí, Nicaragua. Staying true to its 2017 incarnation, the H. Upmann Nicaragua Papi features the same blend as the original vitolas. Adult cigar smokers will continue to savor the same Ecuadorian Sumatra wrapper, dressed over a Nicaraguan Corojo 99 binder, and Nicaraguan Criollo 98/Dominican Piloto Cubano fillers.
“We felt strongly that A.J. Fernandez could create a small 38 X 4 sized vitola, that would fill that need for those adult consumers looking for a premium short smoke,” says H. Upmann brand manager Candela Diaz. “The H. Upmann Nicaraguan Papi is a masterpiece blend, which will be housed in an attractive and convenient, easy to carry decorative tin.”
Each H. Upmann Nicaragua Papi tin will house six 38 X 4 cigars with an MSRP of $23.10.
Southern Draw Cigars and Cigars International today announces the release of two private blends, Fraternal Order White and Fraternal Order Black, both of which are being produced in Esteli, Nicaragua. The Fraternal Order blends are distributed exclusively through all CI retail locations, and will be available for purchase Friday, May 23rd in limited quantities.
“Cigars International is a great partner for Southern Draw Cigars and these retail exclusive releases exemplify their dedication to our growing partnership with their retail stores, hard-working staff and loyal consumers. Private label products are becoming increasingly popular among cigar smokers and allow Southern Draw Cigars to fulfill the high-demand retail consumers “needs and wants” for new and innovative products outside of our regularly scheduled releases. We offer a BIG thanks to the retail staff and managers for the months of blind tasting and their feedback that led to selecting the two blends we are offering today,” said Robert Holt – Founder of Southern Draw Cigars.
Jeff Kocher, VP of Merchandising added “Cigars International is proud to collaborate once again with Southern Draw Cigars on these two new exciting projects for CI Nation. Both Fraternal Order blends are crafted at AJ Fernandez’s factory and are must-tries for fans of Robert Holt’s previous releases. We believe they’ll be a great addition to the CI retail stores, and to the humidors of those who love complex, Nicaraguan blends.”
Fraternal Order White – Barber Pole
Wrapper: Ecuador & Nicaragua
Filler: Nicaragua & Dominican Republic
Fraternal Order Black – San Andres Maduro
Filler: Nicaragua & Honduras
Initial sizes for both NEW blends
Fraternal Order White – Toro (6.0 x 52)
Fraternal Order Black – Gran Gordo (7.0 x 60)
Cigars are packaged in 10 count dress mazos or bundles with embossed stickers and matching bands.
Production – Limited Production for 2019
The Fraternal Order blends will only be available through Cigars International’s retail locations including Bethlehem, Bethlehem (Downtown) and Hamburg, Pennsylvania and The Colony, Texas.
For general information about Southern Draw Cigars, a list of retail partners, cigar blends and reviews, please visit us at our new website: www.southerndrawcigars.com. Please LIKE us, FOLLOW us & TWEET us – Facebook/Southern Draw, Instagram/SDCIGARS and Twitter/@SDCIGARS.
Crux Cigars Adds to Their Short Salomone Series with the Guild and Limitada Short Salomone.
(Miami, Fla.) – Crux Cigars has added to their new Short Salomone Series of limited edition cigars with the release of the Guild and Limitada Short Salomones. The cigars are the second and third in the Series, which includes the previously released Epicure Short Salomone.
Because this vitola is produced by only the most skilled of rollers, each are produced in short run fashion. Like the previously released Epicure in the Series, initial production of each blend are 10-count boxes of 500 or less. The Short Salomone is a 6 x 54 vitola. The Limitada is finished with a Cuban box press.
The cigars are rolled by a single pair at the La Catedral de Tabaco factory in Esteli, Nicaragua.
Cigar Marketplace aims to be the new way B2B is conducted in the cigar industry.
(Miami, FL) May 22, 2019 – Cigar Marketplace, a new dynamic online platform, will bring the cigar manufacturer and retailer together. was greeted with an overwhelming response after its announcement this past April. Cigar Marketplace is set to launch during the 2019 IPCPR in Las Vegas, Nevada.
The Cigar Marketplace is happy to announce that the following manufacturers have agreed to terms with the Cigar Marketplace platform:
Companies include, but not limited to AJ Fernandez Cigar Company, C.L.E. Cigar Company, Casa Cuevas Cigar, Caldwell Cigar, HF Barcelona, Los Caidos Cigars, PDR Cigars, Gurkha Cigars, Oliva Cigars, and Room 101.
Starky Arias, Founder and CEO of Cigar Marketplace, stated:” We felt an immediate response from hundreds of retailers and manufacturers alike, after the initial announcement of the Cigar Marketplace. We strongly believe that the Cigar Marketplace will fill a much-ignored gap in the industry. By facilitating the ordering process, the result will be more efficient transactions for both retailers and manufacturers alike. We look forward to formally presenting the Cigar Marketplace concept at the 2019 IPCPR in Las Vegas.”
The Cigar Marketplace will soon announce details to a formal presentation, which will take place at the 2019 IPCPR in Las Vegas. Retailers will be invited to attend. Details to be announced in future communication.
About the Cigar Marketplace:
Founded in 2018, Cigar Marketplace saw that while the world was getting smaller for most businesses, B2B cigar industry wholesale was still operating without the aid of the internet. While the human touch is required when making and selling a premium brand, getting that brand to the people who love it these days requires the help of technology. Cigar Marketplace makes these problems a thing of the past. Retailers can now directly order from the suppliers they want without wait, getting their customers the brands, they demand. Wholesalers no longer need to depend on going store-by-store to find the retailer that fits their brand. On top of that, both sides have 24/7 access, simplified product comparisons, free shipping, streamlined marketing, and administrative costs, and improved customer satisfaction.
Vice President of Sales, George Sosa, Departs Alec Bradley Cigar Co. Fort Lauderdale, FL (5/21/19)
Alec Bradley Cigar Co. announced today Vice President of Sales, George Sosa has resigned.
“I would like to thank George for his many years of service,” Alec Bradley founder, Alan Rubin said. “Over the last 12 plus years, George has been an integral part of the brand; increasing both domestic and international sales. The wind down plan was in place over the last few months. On behalf of the Alec Bradley family, I would like to wish George the best of luck in his future endeavors!”
One of my favorite things I love to say to myself, and others on occasion, is “the beauty of being human is that no one person is alike”! If you don’t believe that, or see the aforementioned “beauty” in that statement, well then open your eyes. Sure we all have similarities, maybe a common interest or a certain physical feature stands is more commonly apparant. But ultimately, we all have a different genetic code that separates us in some way. This difference is all too noticeable in the Cigar industry, and its what makes the lifestyle so fun. From one country, state, city or lounge to the next there is a plethora of variance that exists in each individual that partakes in the love of the leaf. From Maduro to Connecticut, Lanceros to 60 ring gauge monsters, we all have a size and palate preference that we call our own and quite frankly most take a lot of pride in.
While I do love the ability to be different, the ideology and culture of cigars is simply to bring people together. Just a couple short months ago my favorite brick and mortar and honestly the place I whole heartedly consider my “second home”, Industrial Cigar Co., decided they were going to attempt just that. But what is the best way to accomplish that goal? Construct a lounge in the largest growing city in America….check! Staff said lounge with mixture of family and friends that cater to the consumer in a way that is unmatched…check again! Calendar a number of events that bring some of the biggest names in the cigar business….triple check! Create your own house cigar that fills the spectrum of each and every one of said family members and friends…checkmate!
Just a few short months ago Industrial Cigar Co. (ICC) released there very first house cigar blend that is now known as “The House”. Before I dive into the cigar itself, I would seriously recommend that you get a little taste of what Industrial Cigar Co. truly embodies. Since my words cannot do it justice you can see the story of Industrial here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mzWLBbdlKCg&t=2s , and the details of “The House” here http://bit.ly/icc-thehouse
For those who prefer a brief textual explanation “The House” is a blend created solely for Industrial Cigar Co., crafted by Darren Cioffi (Principle Cigars) and Hendrik Kelner Jr (KBF/Smoking Jacket Cigars). The blend utilizes a 4 year old Nicaraguan wrapper, Cubra binder, and a Peruvian/Dominican filler. The end result is a vibrant, balanced, and inviting flavor profile that is enjoyable for both novice and seasoned smokers alike. (Courtesy of Industrial Cigar Co. Press Release)
Essentially this is not just another run of the mill house stick that used a previously manufactured cigar and slapped new label on it.
“It was a big step when we decided to put our name on a cigar,” said owner Dave Frakes “we needed to be in love with it. Luckily we have a team in [Kelner & Cioffi] that we trust and rely on to listen and deliver a cigar better than we have the knowledge to produce.”
“The House” has an aesthetically appealing shape, 6 x 52 Grand Pyramid, that fits somewhere on the spectrum between a full belicoso and your general rounded cap. The Pyramid cap tapers beautifully to the full ring gauge at the foot. The Nicaraguan wrapper resembles the top of a perfectly baked sweet bread in color with visible yet non protruding veins, and is very soft to the touch. The band embodies the story and makeup of ICC to a tee, showcasing the hexagon that defines Industrial Cigar Co.
As with just about anything created and blended by Principle Cigars and the KBF factory the construction of “The House” is beautiful. A firm feel in the fingers with just the right amount of softness when you squeeze let you know you have a rare treat in your hand. I have always straight cut the pyramid cap with ease and there is no give or collapsing of the cap, as the blade of the cutter slices through like warm butter.
Finally, to get to the smoke experience of the cigar itself. The Different tobaccos really play well off of each other and create a unique blend of flavors that can appease to a wide range of enthusiasts. The overall experience leaves “The House” very much on the mild end of the spectrum, however the Nicaraguan wrapper gives off just enough bold flavors at times throughout the smoke that move the needle towards medium just a tick. The most prominent notes that hit my palate with his cigar is a sweet toasted bread and warm almonds. These can really be picked up stronger at the finish of the smoke. On the forefront there is a nice clean earthy presence and what I still have a hard time pinning down as either a hint of cedar or spruce. For the pepper lovers out there, you are left out of the mix, while not very noticeable on the initial pull, the retro hale offers a nice mild white pepper in the nose that is quite pleasurable. Not too strong as to send you into a sneezing fit, but just enough to give another change of complexity. Ultimately my favorite feature of “The House” is just how clean the cigar tastes and smokes. It just has a consistency throughout of mild smoothness that I would have no issue labeling this a cigar that literally “everyone can smoke”. Whether with a cup of coffee in the morning (my favorite pairing) or a stiff scotch or bourbon after a long day. This cigar will help get you to the place you want to be.
As I stated earlier, the general concept of the cigar lifestyle is to bring people and our differences together. Industrial Cigar Co. has just made this task much easier with the release of “The House”, as a cigar that tailors to the everyday cigar smoker. If you are in the North Texas area, there is absolutely no reason you shouldn’t make a stop at Industrial a priority. If you do make it in, ask for their house cigar and you wont be disappointed. If by chance they are sold out, there is good reason, but someone (including myself) can make something happen for you…but hurry because I may just smoke them all!
This review receives no rating as none is needed. This cigar can only be found at Industrial Cigar Co. If I had to give a rating I would say screw your rating….get to Industrial Cigar Co. And try for yourself!!