Drew Estate Unveils Second “Tienda Exclusiva by Willy Herrera”

Miami,  FL  –Drew  Estate  announced  today  the  release  of  the  second Tienda Exclusiva by  Willy  Herrera” blend,  a concept  cigar  by  Master  Blender  Willy  Herrera.  Made  at La  Gran  Fabrica  Drew  Estate,  this release is  a  small batch,  specially  crafted  cigar produced  for  Riverside  Cigars  in  Jeffersonville,  IN.    Riverside  Cigars  will  begin selling  this  “Tienda  Exclusiva”  cigar  at  a  release  event  scheduled  for  July  11th, 2015,  during which  Willy Herrera  will  be  in  attendance  to  discuss  the  unique  blend.


The  blend  features  an  Ecuadorian  Habano  wrapper  and  binder,  and  Nicaraguan fillers.  The  cigar  is  presented  in  a  6  3/8  x  46 corona  larga vitola,  and  will  be packaged  in  10ct  boxes.  The  cigar  is  a  limited  edition  release  with a  limited  number of boxes  being produced.  The  new  release will  sell  for $13.50 per  cigar,  plus applicable state taxes.

When  asked  about  the  new  blend,  Willy  Herrera  responded  from  Estelí, Nicaragua:  “I’m  very  excited  about  the  second  “Tienda  Exclusiva”  release. I spoke with  Jeff,  the  owner  of  Riverside,  to  get  a  feel  for  his  customer’s  smoking  profiles. I’m  really  happy  with  the  outcome  of  this  cigar.  This  blend  is  a  medium-bodied, full-­flavored  spicy  stick!”

As  mentioned  previously,  the  “Tienda  Exclusiva”  cigars  will  be  available  for  sale at  Riverside  Cigars  beginning on  July  11th and  will  be  sure  to  sell  out  quickly. The  cigars  will  be  available  in  store  as  well  as  via  phone  order.

Davidoff Announces 2015 Golden Band Awards Nominees


Davidoff Cigars to honor its Appointed Merchants with the Golden Band
Awards in New Orleans, LA
Ultra-Premium Cigar Brand will introduce a new Award and honor top merchants
PINELLAS PARK, FL, JUNE 9, 2015 — Davidoff, the leading luxury premium cigar brand, announces the Fourth Annual Davidoff Golden Band Awards Show nominees, honoring those Appointed Merchants who best embody the Davidoff standard of excellence. The Fourth Annual Awards show will be part of an exclusive Davidoff event on July 19th at IPCPR in New Orleans, LA.
This year, Davidoff will introduce a new category, “Best New Appointed Merchant“, which will honor the newest members of the Appointed Merchant network based on the first twelve months of sales and implementation of the brand’s programs. In conjunction with the announcement, the Golden Band Awards website has been revamped featuring this year’s nominees.

“The Davidoff Golden Band Awards epitomise the success of the brand which has been based on decades of close and longstanding partnerships with trusted merchants. Davidoff has a long history of cooperation with its family of retailers to help them expand their businesses, and to discuss best practices. They successfully contribute towards the increased growth of the Davidoff brand,” says Jim Young, President of Davidoff North America .

“The Golden Band Awards provides us the opportunity to say thank you to our Davidoff Appointed Merchants not only for their partnership, but also their support, enthusiasm and commitment to high standards,” emphasizes Richard Krutick, Director of Marketing for Davidoff USA.   
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Sosa Cigars Announces Imperio Cubano Miami

Antillian Cigar Corporation, also known as Sosa Cigars, has been celebrating 50 years of making cigars. As part of their celebration, they are rolling out a campaign where they are “returning to their roots” and reestablishing cigars that made them who they are in the cigar industry today. With that in mind, they have decided to return their well-known brand, Imperio Cubano, back to Miami.

Imperio Cubano was a brand the Sosa’s made at their Miami factory in the 1990′s. Once Juan B. Sosa went to work for the Fuente Family in 1998, the manufacture of Imperio Cubano transferred as well. From 2000 until now, Imperio Cubano was being made in small batches, mainly for McClean Cigars in Virginia, Sosa Family Cigars in Orlando, Don Roman Cigars in Miami and for our Internet customers.The Cameroon blend for McClean Cigars will continue to be made at the Fuente Factory #4 under the name Imperio Cubano Cameroon.

Now, Imperio Cubano is returning to Miami. Mr. Santiago Cabana, a living legend master blender, and Arby Sosa have been working to re-create the original Imperio Cubano Miami blends. After 6 months, they believe that not only have they mastered the blends, but made them even better through the Santiago Cabana Factory in Miami. Mr. Cabana is so excited about the project that he is personally rolling many of the cigars.

Imperio Cubano Miami will come in 3 sizes: Torpedo, Robusto and Toro in Natural and Maduro. The Natural uses an Ecuador Connecticut seed wrapper, and the Maduro uses the San Andres Capa Negra wrapper. The binder is Dominican and the fillers are Dominican, Nicaraguan and Peruvian. M.S.R.P. for Imperio Cubano is between $10.00-$16.00 and will be limited to 50-75 shops for 2015


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Miami Cigar & Company continues its growth after celebrating 25 years in business, with the addition of two members to its sales team. The Miami Cigar & Company team welcomes retired U.S. Navy Commander Marc Thibodeau and Willy Marante to the family.


Marc Thibodeau, a former U.S. Navy Officer and Aviator for 20 years, took home three Air Medals with V for Valor, after flying combat missions in Kuwait, and Iraq during Operation Desert Storm. After retiring as a U.S. Navy Commander, Marc transitioned into his lifelong passion of cigars. Marc worked in management at a cigar retailer, prior to coming on board with Miami Cigar & Company. Marc will oversee sales for Miami Cigar & Co. in the mid-Atlantic region, to include: Maryland, Virginia, Washington D.C., North Carolina, and South Carolina. Marc and his family will be based out of his college hometown of Annapolis, Maryland


Willy Marante is a young addition to the MCC group. The Miami born, Cuban-American “who lives, breathes, and eats cigar culture,” as he states, was handpicked by Jason Wood, VP of Miami Cigar & Co. Wood felt that Marante would bring a combination of experience and youth, that would properly fit into the MCC equation.  Marante spent five years on the retail side of the cigar business, as a Manager for one of the more popular tobacco shops in South Florida. He will be based in his hometown of Miami, as he will oversee inside sales for Miami Cigar & Co.


Jason Wood said: “We kicked off the 2014 IPCPR with a bang, as we celebrated 25 years in the business. I am happy to share that as we head into the 2015 IPCPR, we are bigger and better, and haven’t lost any momentum. On the contrary, we have continued to grow, and gained a rhythm I feel quite proud of. I believe our supporters will see this excitement, and dedication reflected in our products and our growing team. I am sure the new talent we are now announcing, will help carry out that message as well.   
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DuranRoberto Pelayo Duran is proud to announce that the legendary Cristano Cardenas, better known as “Santo” has joined the Roberto P. Duran Premium Cigars team as their Master Blender. Santo, a Cuban National, will oversee operations in the Nicatabaco SA factory in Estelí, Nicaragua.

Santo Cardenas’ resume encompasses over 55 years of experience, beginning in 1960 with H.Upmann at the Montecristo Factory in Havana, Cuba. Santo quickly gained notoriety for his blending skills, and became head of production for “Rey Del Mundo” Cigar Factory, and later head of production for the Partagas Factory.  Santo became well-known globally, as he visited over 30 countries for promotion and demonstrations, as a representative for Cuban made cigars. Santo is considered by contemporaries as one of the most important cigar rollers and blenders in Cuba.

 Roberto Pelayo Duran said: “Santo Cardenas was one of my many influences when I started my career in tobacco, when he took me under his wing at the Partagas Factory. Santo is known the World over, and I am only honored to be working alongside one of my mentors. My goal with Roberto P. Duran Premium Cigars was to create the type of cigar that I enjoyed in Cuba. Having Santo on the team only ensures that our product will go beyond even my standards.”

Santo Cardenas said: “After many years of working with tobacco, my craft is still my passion. I am happy to once again work alongside my old friend and student, Roberto. This new beginning with Roberto P. Duran Premium Cigars, gives me the opportunity to share my passion with a wider audience.”

Roberto P. Duran began his life’s work in his homeland of Havana, Cuba where tobacco grabbed a hold of him, and never let go. Supervising the production of cigar manufacturing in Cuba was only the beginning as he later went on to assemble and manage distribution of all Cuban cigar brands for Asia at The Pacific Cigar Company Ltd. The creation of Roberto P. Duran Premium Cigars has given Roberto the platform to introduce a brand of cigars that offer the same quality, construction, and detail which he exceeded from those he supervised while in Cuba. Roberto P. Duran’s brands include Azan, Roberto P Duran Signature, Neya, and Baracoa.

CAO Spices Up Its Flavours with Solfyre

CAO is set to light up its Flavours portfolio with a new, spicy-sweet line called Solfyre.

As the taste of cinnamon is a heavy hitter in the booze business these days, Solfyre is bringing the fiery flavor to the world of premium cigars.

To achieve the red hot zest of Solfyre, CAO built a blend of mild Dominican tobacco, wrapped it in a grade-one Cameroon wrapper and infused spicy notes of cinnamon, with the smoky essence of whisky.

Solfyre will ship this month, and will be available in three sizes:

Cigarillos 4” x 30 — $16.99 for a tin of 10 cigars

Corona 5 ¼” x 42 — $6.39 per cigar

Petit Corona 4 x 40 — $4.69 per cigar


Solfyre complements the CAO Flavours portfolio which consists of Moontrance (bourbon vanilla), Eileen’s Dream (Irish Cream), Cherrybomb and Bella Vanilla.

Flor de Selva “Toro” Connecticut and Maduro to be Officially Released

Flor de Selva “Toro” Connecticut and Maduro to be Officially Released
at the 2015 IPCPR in New Orleans, Louisiana.


Hollywood, FL – Maya Selva Cigars is proud to announce that we will be adding a “Toro” vitola to our Flor de Selva Connecticut and Maduro lines.  Our new Toros will be a classic 6 x 52 size, and will stay true to the Flor de Selva blends.

The Connecticut Toro features a Honduran Connecticut wrapper with Honduran binders and fillers, for a true, medium-bodied “puro” featuring the classic aromas and flavors of our award-winning brand.  The new Toro Connecticut will retail at $10.00 MSRP.

The Maduro Toro features a naturally-fermented Honduran Habano wrapper, Brazilian Mata Fina binder as well as Honduran fillers, providing a well-balanced medium- to fuller-bodied cigar.  Flor de Selva Maduros have received numerous accolades since their launch in 2012, and have become fast favorites amongst maduro cigar connoisseurs.  The new Toro Maduro will retail at $10.50 MSRP.

“Due to overwhelming demand from retailers nationwide, we have decided to add the Toro vitola to our U.S. portfolio.  It is something that we feel adds immense value to our collection, and greatly helps consolidate our continued growth and success in this market.”

-Gabriel Alvarez, U.S. Director of Sales


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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”


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.


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


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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