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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CUBAN CIGAR BLENDER CRISTANO “SANTO” CARDENAS JOINS ROBERTO P. DURAN PREMIUM CIGARS AS MASTER BLENDER
Roberto 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 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
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.”
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.
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.
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, 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.
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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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.
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
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 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.
Vitolas – Size – SRP
Robusto 5 x 54 $6.45
Toro 6 x 50 $6.95
Magnum 6 x 60 $7.60
Release Date May 2015
Wrapper Brazilian Arapiraca
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,
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