General Cigars’ Outstanding Social Responsibility Program for their Workers

Ben:  When we visited the General Cigar factory in the Dominican Republic in October 2011, one of the things that amazed all of us was the length of tenure of most of the employees.  Most every employee we asked had at least 20 plus years at the factory and the short timer was “only” 14 […]


COUNTERFEIT COHIBA CIGARS SEIZED IN MIAMI

COUNTERFEIT COHIBA CIGARS SEIZED IN MIAMI Richmond, VA— General Cigar announces that a team of special agents from the Miami Office of the Florida Division of Alcoholic Beverages & Tobacco conducted raids yesterday resulting in the seizure of over 10,000 counterfeit COHIBA® cigars with an estimated retail value of more than $200,000.   The counterfeit […]


CAO La Traviata Maduro Luminoso

For today’s review I smoked the La Traviata Maduro Luminoso from CAO. The Luminoso was originally released as a new vitola in the La Traviata line. Now it’s being released in the Maduro line. The Luminoso is a petit robusto measuring 4.5” x 50 and features a Connecticut Maduro wrapper. I’ve been a fan of […]


General Cigar Introduces the Partagas 1845

Richmond, VA—General Cigar is proud to introduce Partagas 1845, a new, four-cigar collection which embodies 167 years of heritage and expert cigar making. This exciting new take on the venerable brand is a departure from the traditional Cameroon-wrapped expressions of Partagas®, and is set to make its retail debut on April 9, 2012.  


CAO Debuts New La Traviata Frontmark

CAO La Traviata will introduce the popular “Luminoso” frontmark in a new Maduro version, making its retail debut later this week.   Following in the footsteps of the highly successful Ecuadoran-wrapped CAO La Traviata Luminoso, the new Maduro version features a Connecticut Broadleaf wrapper to lend a touch of sweetness to the critically-acclaimed blend. At […]


Macanudo, America’s best-selling premium cigar brand, is adding two new large-ring frontmarks to its lineup

 Making their retail debut this week are Macanudo Café Gigante and Macanudo Maduro Gigante. Created in response to consumer demand for large-ring offerings, both the Macanudo Café and Macanudo Maduro Gigante cigars measure 6” x 60.  Each will be packed in a 20-count box and sold for an SRP per cigar of $7.99, or $159.80, […]


La Gloria Cubana Artesanos Retro Especiale now shipping to retailers

Continuing its tradition of innovation, Team La Gloria is proud to introduce La Gloria Cubana® Artesanos Retro Especiale, a collection that spent eight years in the making. Inspired by an antique humidor found at the El Credito® Cigar Factory, Michael Giannini and Team La Gloria toiled for nearly a decade to replicate the antique humidor. […]


CAO OSA Sol – New Month Long Contest!

This week I’m reviewing the newest, and first, CAO cigar under the General Cigar banner. The OSA Sol was the brainchild of Rick Rodriguez and select General Cigar master blenders. This new cigar features a select wrapper from the Olancha, San Agustin (OSA) area of Honduras that was grown in 2008. 2008 was a perfect […]


General Cigar Announces Sherwin Seltzer’s Retirement

Richmond, VA—General Cigar announces today that industry veteran Sherwin Seltzer will retire at the end of October, thus concluding a storied career spanning more than half a century in the premium cigar category. “There comes a time when you have to stop and do something else. I’ve had a great run in this business but […]


Press Release: SERIE N DAY MARKS FIRST VIRTUAL CIGAR TASTING

Richmond, VA—Team La Gloria Cubana® has designated Friday March 25, 2011 as Serie N® Day and will commemorate the occasion with the premium cigar category’s first-ever national virtual cigar tasting which will be broadcast on www.lagloriacigars.com/serien. On March 25, 2011, Team La Gloria members Michael Giannini (director of marketing), Rick Rodriguez (cigar master in training), […]