Room 101 Announces El Mas Chingon, A Famous Smoke Shop Exclusive

Famous Smoke Shop is a leading online distributor of discounted premium cigars. The company specializes in offering the web’s widest selection of cigars at the lowest prices. Famous has just released a new cigar line in collaboration with Room 101 cigars. The new release is Room 101 El Mas Chingon cigars, and they are exclusively available at Famous Smoke Shop. The first shipment has just arrived at the company’s warehouse and is currently available for sale on their website. The company has expressed that the new brand will be available in limited quantities due to the supply of rare tobaccos used to blend the cigar, but is not a one-time release and will be a consistent offering for the foreseeable future.

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The Room 101 El Mas Chingon is another addition to Matt Booth’s already wildly popular cigar line, and seeks to be one of their best cigars yet as this young blender moves up the ranks in the cigar industry. This blend will be made in small batches and production on the brand will be limited, with each one measuring at a 60 ring gauge.   
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A.J. FERNANDEZ TO RELEASE NEW WORLD RETAILER EXCLUSIVE AT TEXAS CIGAR FESTIVAL

A.J. Fernandez Cigars, known for producing consistently highly rated cigars is proud to introduce the “New World Brute” as a retailer exclusive for Serious Cigars in Houston, Texas.  The New World Brute comes in at a hefty 6x 66 size, and will make its debut at the Texas Cigar Festival taking place this April 25, 2015.

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Ron Lesseraux owner of Serious Cigars said,” A.J. Fernandez’s New World is a special cigar, and we love to offer our customers unique products. It only made sense to create a special edition New World, for Serious Cigar customers.   
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Two Guys Smoke Shop Announce 30th Anniversary Event

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Two Guys Smoke Shop of Salem, Nashua, and Seabrook, New Hampshire will be celebrating its 30th Anniversary on September 30, by giving away a brand new
Mercedes Benz automobile, $30,000 or Both!

Two Guys Smoke Shop, a popular New England Cigar Shop know for its great retail cigar shops has become world known because of their elaborate anniversary parties and tremendous prizes including Motorcycles, Hummer H2 Vehicles, Trips and Cash. During the gas crunch they gave away a tanker truck of 10,000 gallons of gasoline and for their silver anniversary they gave a way 250 minted pure silver bars and a Rolls Royce Silver Spur. It’s all been covered from a 1936 Cadillac Fleetwood to a Delorean Time Machine.

On September 30 when the doors open at 6:00 p.m. at DiBurro’s Function Facility in Ward Hill, Massachusetts, an expected SOLD -OUT crowd will be participating in what is believed to be the biggest, most fun-laden event of its kind ever staged by a retail cigar business.


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MOYARUIZ ANNOUNCES THE RAKE

April 13, 2015 (Ridgefield, NJ) – MoyaRuiz Cigars Inc. announce the release of The Rake, a new line of cigars from the makers of the La Jugada cigar brand.

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With an intended launch of spring 2015, The Rake will be made at Erik Espinosa’s La Zona factory in Esteli, Nicaragua. The cigars will be presented in classic cabinet-style boxes of 20 and available in 4 different vitolas, Fix (5-5/8×46), Cut (5×52), Take (6×52), and Vig (6×60). Two of the sizes will be slightly box pressed, Cut and Fix.

Danny Moya, co-founder of MoyaRuiz Cigars explained the concept behind The Rake: “The Rake is a poker term which describes the fee taken by the card room for operating the poker game. You gotta pay to play!” said Moya, “and in the cigar business’, this couldn’t be more true.”

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As with MoyaRuiz Cigars’ first cigar line, La Jugada, The Rake pays homage to the company’s love of “the game”, and where La Jugada drew from the theme of dominos, The Rake stems from a love of poker. With The Rake, brand owners Danny Moya and Nelson Ruiz plan to give the cigars a different feel from the their previous releases. “Our La Jugada brand had more of a traditional/Cubanesque look, but as for The Rake, we wanted to give it a modern touch. The design of the band is inspired by the speakeasy peep hole found in many doors at underground gambling rooms and the cigar box has two slots on the top of the box to resemble a rake box” said Moya.

MoyaRuiz is describing The Rake as a med-full bodied, full flavored cigar – incorporating a powerhouse blend of four ligero leaves. Two from Jalapa which are sweeter and two from Esteli known for their strength. The wrapper will be Connecticut Broadleaf. Even though The Rake will feature four ligeros  it’s very balanced because of the other leaves in the binder and filler. Truly showcasing the quality blending coming out of the La Zona factory. “We want to keep pushing the envelope, with full and complex flavors,” said Moya.

Special thanks to Erik Espinosa and Hector Alfonso Sr. for working closely with us on this blend.

The Rake is slated for a release in spring, 2015.

Maya Selva Cigars Celebrates “20 Años”

Hollywood, FL — April 7th, 2015 — Maya Selva Cigars, producer of Flor de Selva, Cumpay, and Villa Zamorano, is pleased to announce that 2015 is our 20th anniversary in the premium cigar industry.  “20 Años” will be the theme this year for Maya Selva Cigars.

On March 8th, we had the honor of hosting a multitude of guests from around the world–including customers, friends, and industry media professionals–to launch our celebration in the form of a “Harvest Party” at our farm, Santa Eulalia, in Danlí, Honduras.

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As a part of our “20 Años” celebration, we will be releasing various new cigars to our portfolio, including a limited-edition “20 Años” Lancero to our Flor de Selva brand, as well as a permanent edition of a Toro (6 x 52) to both our Connecticut and Maduro lines.   In conjunction to these new releases, we will also be inaugurating a company-wide evolution of our branding, across our three brands: Flor de Selva, Cumpay, and Villa Zamorano.  Release dates for new cigars will be at this year’s IPCPR in New Orleans, Louisiana, in July of 2015.

To close our celebration and prepare for the IPCPR, we will be throwing a grand bash in Paris, France–home of our corporate offices–on Tuesday, June 23rd, 2015.

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Jordan Alexander III Corojo Robusto

The Jordan Alexander III Cigar Company from the outside looks to be quite a new company on the shelves. In fact, they have been around since 2013 and that is when they released a corojo cigar called ”The Legend”. This Spring is when they introduced the Jordan Alexander III Corojo which is said to replace the Legend as their current corojo cigar. I was sent a few of the robusto size and decided to enjoy one when the three young guys from Jordan Alexander III were on Cigar Federation “Cigar Chat” show. During the show, I realized it was a good “classic” type of cigar and deemed it a further look.

 

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Cigar Stats

Size: 5.5″x54

Vitola: Robusto

Wrapper: Dominican Corojo

Binder: Dominican

Filler: Dominican & Nicaraguan

Factory: Quesada Cigars, Dominican Republic

Other Sizes: Toro (6×52), Double Toro (6×60), and Belicoso (6×52).

MSRP: $7-10 pretax*   
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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.