CUBAN CIGAR BLENDER CRISTANO “SANTO” CARDENAS JOINS ROBERTO P. DURAN PREMIUM CIGARS AS MASTER BLENDER

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

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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.

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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

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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