General Cigar Celebrates an Icon with Hoyo de Monterrey Edición de Cumpleaños 150

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General Cigar Company will debut Hoyo de Monterrey Edición de Cumpleaños 150, the first and only cigar to feature a proprietary Habano Shade wrapper tobacco, the first ever grown in Esteli.

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Hoyo de Monterrey Edición de Cumpleaños 150 is a 6″ x 54 box-pressed offering handcrafted in Honduras. The blend features a classic Ecuadoran binder and a spicy combination of Nicaraguan filler leaves representing the best of the country’s tobacco growing regions. The cigar is a study in contrasts, with a hearty, well-oiled leaf that burns to a strong, yet sweet smoke for an unparalleled taste experience.

To celebrate the heritage brand’s 150th anniversary, General Cigar is releasing just 4,000 boxes of this commemorative cigar. In a nod to the future of the brand, the cigars will be housed in a sleek, 15-count box bearing a modern interpretation of the Hoyo de Monterrey logo.

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The suggested retail price per cigar is $7.99, with a box price of $119.85. Hoyo de Monterrey Edición de Cumpleaños 150 will be available at retail beginning on April 1, 2015, while supplies last.

 

 

ESPINOSA CIGARS UNVEILS ESPINOSA ESPECIAL

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Hialeah Gardens, Florida (March 26, 2015)Erik Espinosa of Espinosa Cigars, has announced the release of a new cigar line, the Espinosa Especial. “It’s a new line, a new blend, a new cigar, but it’s everything you have come to expect from Espinosa Cigars and La Zona”, said Erik.

Available in three vitolas:

No. 1 – 6-1/2 x 48

No. 4 – 5 x 52

No. 5 – 6 x 54

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Espinosa explained that, “the Especial has a Mexican Capa Negra wrapper and its binders and fillers are made up from the four main cigar growing regions of Nicaragua (Esteli, Jalapa, Condega and Ometeppe). Unlike our existing Espinosa Maduro, the Especial is a new concept, with its own distinct personality which allows us to offer our customers an exceptional new smoking experience. Aside from that, it is an exceptional cigar, I just love the taste of this blend from the minute we created it.”

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The Espinosa Especial will be packaged in 10 count boxes and will be available nationally by the beginning of April 2015.

“Smoked Up” No.97

I am really enjoying the weather now that Spring has finally made it here. I still see my northern friends posting pictures of snow covered lawns… I almost felt sorry for them while I sat on my patio, enjoying a good cigar and coffee with 70* weather.

I have a review out on the upcoming Dominion Cigar Black Lotus Robusto. It should be out later this year in the states and is already out in Canada. Check it out and leave me your thoughts on the review and or cigar.

Two Guys Smoke Shop announced this week a new Firecracker of a cigar that sounds nice for a mix between a short smoke and a robusto. Two Guys Smoke Shop Exclusive Firecracker From La Flor Dominicana.

Drew Estate Announced An Updated Liga Privada Papas Fritas Packaging this week. They are getting rid of the tins and now packaging them in a 50ct box.

 

H.E. Norteno

Herrera Esteli Norteno Corona Extra: It is extremely hard for me to pay $9+ for a corona cigar. It has to be a great smoke that really suits my flavor needs. This is one of those cigars that really suits my needs. Nice dark, rich earthy flavors that pairs well with some B&B Brandy while hanging out with the men. 
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COUNTERFEITERS OF COHIBA, MACANUDO AND PARTAGAS CIGARS SHUT DOWN IN FLORIDA

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Richmond, VA–General Cigar Company Inc. announced that teams of special agents from the Florida Division of Alcoholic Beverages & Tobacco (“ABT”) conducted a series of raids and arrests throughout Florida relating to the manufacture, distribution and sale of counterfeit versions of the Company’s COHIBA®, Macanudo® and Partagas® cigar brands.

Since February 28th, ABT has seized counterfeit cigars with an estimated retail value in excess of $100,000. In addition to the banded counterfeit cigars, ABT has also seized tens of thousands of counterfeit cigar bands and boxes. Given the large volume of counterfeit materials seized, ABT has not yet completed a precise calculation of the total retail dollar value, but the Company expects the amount could reach the high six figures or greater. ABT has also arrested numerous individuals, charging them with felony forgery or counterfeiting of private labels and related offenses under Florida law.

The events leading up to the recent seizures and arrests began more than a year ago when, at General Cigar’s request, the Tampa office of ABT commenced an investigation into certain entities and individuals suspected of involvement in the manufacture, distribution and sale of counterfeit cigars. As the facts developed, special agents in other ABT offices commenced investigations of counterfeiters located throughout Florida. These investigations which remain ongoing have led to numerous seizures and arrests in cities and towns throughout the state, including Clearwater, Davenport, Fort Myers, Hollywood, Lutz, Oldsmar, Palm Harbor, Tampa and Weeki Wachee.

The largest of the recent seizures involved Island Cigars Corp, a licensed cigar distributor and retailer. Raids conducted at Island Cigars Corp’s Weeki Wachee headquarters and Oldsmar retail store resulted in the seizure of tens of thousands of counterfeit cigars and related materials, including cigar bands and cigar boxes. ABT also seized the company’s business records, computers and printers. Rolando Gruart, president of Island Cigars and Constanza Sanchez, secretary and treasurer of the company, were both arrested during raids that took place in late February.

Dan Carr, president of General Cigar said, “We remain fully committed to anti-counterfeiting initiatives that protect consumers and greatly appreciate the efforts of the Florida Division of Alcoholic Beverages & Tobacco and its special agents. The Company will continue to vigorously defend our trademarks and support criminal investigations and prosecutions relating to the distribution or sale of counterfeit versions of our cigars.”
About General Cigar Company General Cigar Company manufactures and markets premium, handcrafted cigars of the finest quality. The company’s artisans produce Macanudo, Cohiba, La Gloria Cubana®, Punch®, CAO®, Partagas, Hoyo de Monterrey®, Excalibur® and several other leading brands in its Dominican, Honduran and Nicaraguan factories. The company also manufactures and distributes Dunhill cigars and Dunhill pipe tobacco. Based in Virginia, General Cigar sells through tobacconists nationwide and exports select products to 62 countries. In addition, the company cultivates proprietary tobacco which is used exclusively in its blends.

General Cigar recently launched Foundry Tobacco Company, an innovation platform created to bring excitement to the premium cigar category. General Cigar also operates Club Macanudo®, a cigar bar in New York City. In 2014, General Cigar Company acquired the Torano Family Cigar business and brought the Leccia Tobacco Company brands into the company. For more information, please visit www.cigarworld.com.

® Macanudo, Cohiba, Partagas, La Gloria Cubana, Punch, CAO, Hoyo de Monterrey, Excalibur and Club Macanudo are
registered trademarks of General Cigar Company.

Drew Estate Announces Updated Liga Privada Papas Fritas Packaging

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Drew Estate announced today that they would begin offering their Liga Privada Papas Fritas cigar in a newly designed 50-­‐count box. These new boxes will replace the 4-­‐count tins/28-­‐count boxes that the Papas Fritas line is currently offered in and will, as a result, reduce the single cigar retail price to $5.25 MSRP from it’s current price of $6.40.

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When reached for comment, Drew Estate President Michael Cellucci stated that, “Papas
Fritas has been a good choice for any Liga Privada fan looking for a short smoke. We needed something for fans of Papas Fritas who already had plenty of tins and wanted a
better value, so now we’re offering the cigar with no tin. The tins will now become a
collector’s item and the Papas Fritas will be a little more budget friendly. It’s a win-­‐win.”

The Papas Fritas is part of Drew Estate’s Liga Privada Unico Serie, which features unique   ends within the Liga Privada brand family. The Papas Fritas utilizes a Connecticut Broadleaf Maduro wrapper, Brazilian Mata Fina binder, and Nicaraguan and
Honduran filler tobaccos. The small 4.5” x 44 cigar sports Drew Estate’s signature fantail
and is the perfect choice for cigar smokers who are looking for a short escape.

Look for the new packaging to begin shipping to Drew Diplomat Retailer Program accounts nationwide beginning in the next few weeks. Retailers who participate in the Drew Diplomat Retailer Program [DDRP] are given priority allocations on new cigar
releases, limited editions, and commemorative cigars and products. DDRP retailers are
also granted access to Drew Estate’s boutique brands, including Liga Privada and Herrera
Estelí. In addition, DDRP retailers receive seasonal releases and receive priority incentives
for in-­‐store events and promotions.

Two Guys Smoke Shop Exclusive Firecracker From La Flor Dominicana

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March 23rd, 2015 (New Hampshire) – The original short format cigar with a

fuse, is the Firecracker, measuring at just 3 x 50 and features a closed foot.

In the Fall of 2014 The Cigar Authority and Two Guys Smoke Shop partnered

up with a blind taste challenge. With 3 rounds and new releases, La Flor

Dominicana walked away as the winner with nearly 500 consumers taking

part.

As a result in late 2014 David Garofalo, owner of Two Guys Shop

approached Litto Gomez about doing a Limited Edition Firecracker of 250

boxes and the owner of La Flor Dominicana quickly signed onto the project.

“With the unique nature and the size of this cigar it allowed us to utilize

some more potent ligero creating a blend that is truly a firecracker of a

cigar,” said Jonathan Carney, Vice President of Sales who notified Two Guys

Smoke Shop that the cigar is shipping from the La Flor Dominicana factory

and will arrive at Two Guys Smoke Shop in early April.

According to Litto Gomez, “When Dave asked us to make a cigar named The

Firecracker, the mission was very clear. It is everything you’d expect it to be.

Double Ligero with a kick.” The La Flor Dominicana Firecracker features a

Sumatra wrapper from Ecuador with estate grown Dominican binder and

fillers.

“Strap yourself in, this is going to be powerful,” said David Garofalo, owner

of Two Guys Smoke Shop who added, “I am excited to work with La Flor

Dominicana on this project. It’s going to be explosive.”

The cigars will retail for $5.99 each and $99.99 for a box of 20. To be

notified of when Two Guys receives delivery simply go to the listing on our

website and hit “Notify Me” and be the first to be able to secure your singles

or boxes. http://www.2guyscigars.com/brand/LFD-Double-Ligero-
Firecracker/ .

Dominion Cigar Black Lotus Robusto

When you think cigars, one of the few places you think a cigar company would hail from is Canada. The Dominion Cigar Company is from Canada and was founded by Steve Ricker. The Canadian based Dominion Cigar Company’s first release is the Black Lotus. Released in Canada in late 2014 and soon to be (if not already) released in Germany and the US. The cigar was blended with the help of the award-winning Ralph Montero from Alec Bradley.

 

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First Looks

This is a very nice looking cigar. There are a few minimal veins along the light brown wrapper. There is an abundant amount of tooth on the wrapper as well that gives it some charactor. A deeply applied double cap adorns the head of the Black Lotus. I am a fan of a triple cap, but a deeply applied double cap is nice as well; that allows for a deeper cut if needed. The band is almost a piece of art with nicely done scroll work as well as a beautiful black lotus as the centerpoint of the band. To be honest with you, I didn’t even know a black lotus even existed until I did some research on it. It is a very beautiful flower to say the least.   
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“Smoked Up” No.96

I love living in the south, but sometimes it can be a real pain. The last few weeks have been either cold or rainy. But, the last few weekends have been outstanding so I can’t complain too much. Last week, it rained everyday and today is the first it hasn’t so I am out enjoying it and cleaning up the swamp, I mean yard some.

Nothing too spectacular going on for me in cigars. I did make it over to New Orleans recently and grabbed a few new cigars. Other than a few press releases, not much as been going on. I do have a few reviews I have lined up to go out in the near future. I was having to wait for the weather (humidity) to act right before I reviewed them. I do most of the reviews outside, so the weather has not been my friend in that area.

 

Quesada Keg

Quesada Keg: The Keg is limited edition cigar from the Placensia factory thats made in time for the St. Patrick’s Day time frame. Blended to be paired with an Irish Stout, this cigar sounds like it is right up my alley. At first, I didn’t care too much for the blend until I popped the cap off a Guinness and the beer opened up the chocolate and coffee flavors in the cigar a good bit. The draw was a tad thick, but other than that, no construction issues. Over all, a good smoke for someone who drinks Guinness.   
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La Marca Cigars Announces LMC Aniversario by Rodrigo Cigars and Tabacalera William Ventura

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Monrovia, CA – March 4, 2015 — La Marca Cigars, a retailer in Southern California, is proud to announce the LMC Aniversario, a cigar to celebrate the company’s first anniversary. Last April the shop opened its doors and has since gained the reputation for carrying an assortment of boutique brands. One of those brands is Rodrigo Cigars.

Ken C. Wu, Co-Owner of La Marca Cigars, comments: “Last year, George Rodriguez came to our shop and we hit it off. As we hung out, our conversation drifted towards a collaboration with George and the factory who manufactures his Rodrigo Cigars, Tabacalera Ventura. We love Rodrigo Cigars and knew about the Ventura family’s boutique pedigree, so we were extremely excited about the prospect.”

The LMC Aniversario will be offered in a 5.875 x 46 corona gorda vitola and sold in 10-count boxes. The retail price for the box will be $87.00, with an in-store single cigar price of $8.75. The cigar is medium-bodied and composed of tobaccos from two different countries; a HVA wrapper from Ecuador, HVA binder from the Dominican Republic, along with Corojo 2006, Criollo 98 and Piloto Cubano fillers from the Dominican Republic.

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“Henderson Ventura and I set out to make a cigar that reflected what La Marca Cigars is all about – commitment to craft, camaraderie amongst amigos and an undeniably cool SoCal vibe. The cigar, like the shop, is pure boutique. The appearance of the LMC Aniversario is exquisite. From the first puff the blend gives the smoker a uniquely rich flavor blast which increases in complexity with some great cabinet spice notes. The aroma and retro-hale are fantastic and the finish is clean. The Corona Gorda vitola was an excellent choice made by Ken who is not only a shop owner but a passionate tobacconist who cares about giving his customers the best smoking experience possible. LMC Aniversario is small batch done right – from the design concept by “5in5o” all the way to the nub of the cigar. I’m thrilled and honored to work with my amigos on this project,” said George Rodirogo.  
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ROBERTO P. DURAN PREMIUM CIGARS EXPANDS ITS SALES FORCE WITH THE ADDITION OF REGIONAL MANAGERS, CAROLEE MARTIN AND STROM FARBARIK

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(Miami, Florida) March 4, 2015— Roberto P. Duran Premium Cigars proudly announces the expansion of its sales force to include industry veteran Strom Farbarik and Carolee Martin. Roberto Pelayo Duran has aggressively bolstered his sales team as this news comes only months after the additions of National Sales Manager Miguel Schoedel, Jack Torano, and Frank Cuden.

 

Carolee Martin brings along a stellar background as she served as the Department of Defense GS 15 Senior Advisor for Special Operations in Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. In Afghanistan Carolee’s passion for cigars led her to become the first female President, of the Tali-banned Cigar Aficionado Club, Camp Gibson Chapter. Carolee was recognized for her contributions, as she was the first inductee into the Xicar Hall of Fame. Carolee’s new role will be as the Southwest Regional Manager.
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