ESPINOSA CIGARS TO RELAUNCH MURCIELAGO

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Hialeah Gardens, Florida (May 22, 2015) – Six years after its initial release, Erik Espinosa of Espinosa Premium Cigars has announced that the “Murcielago” will fly again and should be landing in humidors nationwide after it is re-debut at the 2015 IPCPR Convention & Trade Show in July.

The Murcielago (which is Bat in Spanish) was first released at the 2009 IPCPR by EO Brands.  It had a short production run due to the split with the original makers of the blend.  “Once the partnership with the manufacturer dissolved, we kept the name, but they kept the blend” says Espinosa.  Shortly thereafter EO Brands (Erik and his partner Eddie Ortega) went their separate ways with Erik keeping the rights to Murcielago in hopes of re-launching the brand.
Says Espinosa, “It was one of my favorite cigars.  It took us three years, but myself along with my staff, painfully dissected all the Murcielagos we could find, tasting test blend after test blend until we got it right.  We couldn’t rush it, there weren’t that many surviving Murcielagos out there to begin with but we managed to reverse engineer the cigar.  I am very happy with the results and to me they are even better than the originals, because I am making them myself in my own factory at La Zona in Esteli, Nicaragua.”

The Murcielago logo and band have been modernized with a sleeker look and a cutting edge box design; the cigar itself remains a medium to full-bodied blend that is semi-box pressed and wrapped in a beautiful Capa Negra Wrapper from Mexico with Nicaraguan filler.  The initial release will be in three vitolas, the Noir (5 x 52), the La Lune (6-1/2 x 54) and the Nocturne (5 1/2 x 56).   Pricing will be announced prior to the IPCPR.

Drew Estate Announces Nica Rustica “Belly”

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Miami,  FL – Drew  Estate  announced  today  that  they  would  be  launching  their new  Nica  Rustica  “Belly” at  a  release  event  held  by  Cox’s  Smokers  Outlets  at the Louisville  Water  Tower  Park on  July 30th,  2015,  and  that  the  new  size  would be  shipping  nationally  by  September.

The  new  “Belly”  vitola  is  a  7  ½”  x  54 belicoso  and  will  be  available  in  25ct  black  craft  paper  bundles  similar  to the  current  Nica  Rustica  “El  Brujito”  offering.  They  will  ship  in  the same  fashion  as  the  current  Nica  Rustica  lines,  in  bundles  as  a  refill  to  new  branded  display  trays,  which  will  only  be  available  for  retail  use.

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The  blend  features  a  Connecticut  Broadleaf  wrapper,  Mexican  San  Andres binder  and  Nicaraguan  fillers  from  the  Jalapa  and  Estelí  growing  regions.  The  strength  is  medium-full  and  flavor  notes  include  creamy  cocoa  and  earth  with  light  pepper  notes  on  the  finish.  Fans  of  Liga  Privada,  Undercrown,  MUWAT  and,  of  course,  the  current  Nica  Rustica  size,  are  sure  to  enjoythis  blend.

Jonathan  Drew,  from  Managua,  Nicaragua  stated,  ”Nica  Rustica  is  a  tribute  to Estelí’s  hard  working  cigar  culture.  Behind  all  the  glitz  and  glam,  there  are thousands  of  factory  Buncheros  and  Rolleros  who  keep  their  game  strong  and consistent  to  maintain  Estelí,  Nicaragua’s  respected  stature  of  ‘Mecca  of  Cigars’.  The long  awaited  size,  ‘Belly’,  is  a  king  of  a  Belicoso  at  an  affordable  price.”

The  release  event  will  be  held  at  Louisville  Water  Tower  Parkin  Louisville,  KY on  July  30th,  2015. Tickets  are  $35  and  include  2  singles  of  the  new  Nica  Rustica  “Belly”,  plus  a  traditional  Nicaraguan  Caballo  Bayo  style dinner  and  a  Flor  de  Caña  rum  tasting.  There  will  also  be  bundles  of  the  Nica  Rustica  “Belly”  available  for  purchase  for  attendees.

The  MSRP  is  $198.75 per  25 -ct  bundle ($7.95  per  cigar).  To  purchase tickets  to  the  event,  visit http://bit.ly/nicabelly

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About  Drew  Estate,  Inc.

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”TM,  Drew  Estate  has  led  The  “Boutique  Cigar”  movement  by  innovating new  elements  to  the  tobacco  in dustry  with  their  unique  tobaccos  and  blending styles that  have  attracted  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  Estelí,  Kentucky Fired  Cured,  Liga  Privada,  MUWAT,  Natural by  Drew  Estate,  Nica  Rustica,  Nirvana, Pappy  Van  Winkle  Barrel  Fermented  Cigars, Tabak  Especial,  UnderCrown,  and  Java  by  Drew  Estate.

MBombay Announces the Release of their New Habano Blend

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Palm Desert, CA: Bombay Tobak… creating their MBombay Brand of cigars, is truly focused on Flavor-forward blends. After receiving much success with their Connecticut Classic and Corojo Oscuro lines, they have decided to “shoot the gap” with a medium bodied, flavor packed cigar designed once more to tantalize the palate! The MBombay HABANO is WELCOMED into their Core Line Portfolio!  
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Room101 Ichiban Headed to Doc James Cigars

Room101, the Los Angeles based luxury lifestyle brand owned by Matt Booth, is proud to announce its third release of the bespoke retailer exclusive series, the new Room101 Ichiban Ranfla. The third of the Ichiban Series, a perfecto, is headed to both Doc James Cigars locations in NY and will be available for sale starting on May 18th, 2015.

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The cigar is medium-bodied and comprised of tobaccos from two different countries; a Habano wrapper from Ecuador, a Criollo 98 binder along with Corojo 99 fillers both from Nicaragua. Packaging for the Ichiban is inspired from previous Room101 releases and features tissue-wrapped cigars bound in decorative outer sleeves with the distinctive Sakura brand mark and a Japanese wave pattern.   
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Sosa Headlines 2nd Edition Page 2

The Headlines Second Edition is a cigar that was re-launched in early 2015 by Sosa Cigar and Fusion Cigars. The Headlines line has been re-blended and re-branded with Dee from Fusion Cigar and the Master Blender, Don Amadiz. Arby Sosa from Antillian Cigar Corporation, is the exclusive distributor for Headlines Cigar.

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Cigar Stats

Size: 6×52

Vitola: Torpedo

Wrapper: Dominican Habano Oscuro

Binder: Dominican Piloto Cubano

Filler: Nicaraguan & Dominican Piloto Cubano Ligero, Dominican Andullo & Dominican 20-20.

Cost*: MSRP between $7.50-$8.50

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First Looks

The large band, just like the 1st Edition stands out very prominently. The band reads of a story behind the history of the cigar; read a brief history here. The wrapper has an ununiformed dark brown color to it with darker brown spots in it.
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S.O.F. Cigars Announce The Soldier of Fortune, Almost Dead

S.O.F. Cigars is proud to announce the Soldier of Fortune, Almost Dead (S.O.F., A.D.).
The S.O.F., A.D. is wrapped with a killer, dark brown Brazilian Arapiraca using a
proprietary binder/filler and rolled in Santiago, Dominican Republic.
The S.O.F. A.D. will initially be offered immediately via www.stogieplace.com. It’s
being released in three vitolas ranging in price between $6.45-7.60.

SOF AD

Vitolas – Size – SRP
Robusto 5 x 54 $6.45
Toro 6 x 50 $6.95
Magnum 6 x 60 $7.60

Details
Release Date May 2015
Wrapper Brazilian Arapiraca
Binder/Filler Proprietary
Origin Santiago, Dominican Republic
Quantity 20 per box
About S.O.F. Cigars
Soldier of Fortune (S.O.F.) is a cigar brand that is U.S. Veteran owned and operated,
based in Vero Beach, FL,
For more information, please visit www.sofinc.net or via our social media:
www.facebook.com/sof.ad.cigars
www.instagram.com/sofoperations

Selected Tobacco Releases Two New Sizes In Byron

Founded in 1850, the brand Bryron is without a doubt one of the oldest brands in the world. Selected Tobacco is pleased to announce 2 new sizes and updated packaging.

The Serie Siglo XIX which is carefully blended by Nelson Alfonso to best represent Cuban Cigars of the 19th Century is now available in a 6 x 56, known as the Grand Poemas.

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The Serie Siglo XX also blended by Nelson Alfonso represents Cuban Cigars of the 20th Century is also available in a 6 x 56, known as Habaneros.

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Since the beginning Byron was destined to unite smokers with exquisite taste and today Byron continues to deliver a superior cigar that is the epitome of luxury.  
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The New Camacho Announces American Barrel-Aged

Camacho, the worlds leading brand of bold cigars, is proud to announce the first release under it’s new Master Built Series, Camacho American Barrel-Aged. A complex and intense new cigar experience inspired by the uncompromising American spirit, with bourbon barrel-aged Corojo at its heart.

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American Barrel-Aged is a monumental smoke that welds the essence of true frontier mettle to Camacho’s impenetrable Cuban roots. An experience that shatters all expectations, pushes every limit and paves 
the way for a life lived out loud.
With the spirit of America and the soul of a craftsman, Camacho American Barrel-Aged celebrates the hardworking grit of Kentucky bourbon makers and the passionate artistry of our master builders. Challenging convention at every turn.
 Working together to forge an intense smoking experience unlike anything else. A process that begins
 with the original Corojo plant, aging its legendary leaves for six years and then locking them in charred Kentucky bourbon barrels.
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Exactus Cigar – Puro Ambar Legacy Gran Robusto

Exactus Cigars are a Dominican company who’s factory got its start back in 1955. Then in 1995 the company went through some changes with their products and techniques. In the change, the factory name was changed to Tabacalera El Artista S.A. The most recent cigar from Exactus is the Puro Ambar Legacy.

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Cigar Stats

Size: 5.2×54

Vitola: Gran Robusto

Wrapper: T13 (Exclusive to Tabacalera El Artista, grown in Rancho Elba Maria)

Binder: Wine Fermented Criollo 98

Filler: Criollo 98 & 1900 (Exclusive to Tabacalera El Artista, grown in Rancho Elba Maria).

Price*: $3.78 (Cigars International)   
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Rocky Patel Announces Special Commemorative Sampler

Rocky Patel Premium Cigars, based in Bonita Springs, Florida, has created a special commemorative 5 – Cigar TORO SAMPLER PACK of their Top-Rated Toro-sized Cigars, exclusively for the Annual Cigar Yacht Cruise produced by Sevilla Local Media.

The Sampler; sure to become a Collector’s Item, will be produced in a quantity of less than 400, as of today’s date, and will only be available FOR SALE to those in attendance at the August 8, 2015 event, to be held on the FantaSea One Yacht from Dock 52 in Marina del Rey Harbor, Marina del Rey, California.

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The sampler will be packaged in a black, wooden box with gold leaf lettering (see design below).

Each paid guest will receive select Rocky Patel Premium Cigars to smoke on the Cruise – separate from the for sale sampler offering.   
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