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Apr 15

How To Take A Great Cigar Photo With Your Phone

Posted on Tuesday, April 15, 2014 in Informational

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I’m waging war against poor cellphone photos! Too often we are bombarded by blurry or out of focus photos all over the internet by cigar lovers that just haven’t been taught a couple important points about how to use the camera function of their phone. So here’s a real fast easy tutorial that will dramatically help your photo quality and hopefully quell the onslaught of crappy pictures we have to see! :) (more…)

Apr 3

Crux Cigars Launches New Blends

Posted on Thursday, April 3, 2014 in Informational

Crux Logo Panel_72 RGBTWO VIXENS AND A LITTLE PRICK WANT TO MAKE YOUR ACQUAINTANCE.
April 4, 2014 (Maple Grove, MN) — More than two decades of successfully selling cigars at retail teaches a person a few things. Hype doesn’t sell. A bad smoke fails immediately (as it should). Excellent quality wins friends who tell more friends. A community grows. Life is good.

Meet Jeff Haugen and Joel Rogers, co-owners of Crux Cigar Company, who have expanded beyond retail to production. In April 2014, Crux Cigar Company is releasing three different blends in two different vitolas after more than three years in development. Three more blends follow in May.

Get friendly with Ninfamaniac, Ninfamaniac Dark and the Skeeterz. Say good-bye to boring. The new best friends are hand-crafted at the Plasencia S.A. factory in Esteli, Nicaragua. (more…)

Mar 19

Last Chance To Enter Site Sponsor CigarsDirect.Com Contest!

Posted on Wednesday, March 19, 2014 in Informational

Tomorrow the fun begins, so enter tonight for your last change to get in on the basketball action! See this post for all the details :)

Mar 18

Press Release: CIGAR PACKAGE DESIGN LOOKING TO FILL VOID IN THE CIGAR INDUSTRY

Posted on Tuesday, March 18, 2014 in Informational

CPD_LOGO(Miami, FL) March 18, 2014—Can I Have your Attention (CIHYA) Advertising and Branding announces the creation of “Cigar Package Design.” Cigar Package Design is making waves in the cigar industry with their branding and design campaigns.

Based in Miami Beach, FL, managing partners Humberto Areas and Cleveland Cook created the Cigar Package Design division in response to demand due to their stellar work with the Toraño Family Cigar Company, Dona Flor Cigars, Azan Cigars, and Titan de Bronze Cigar Company. They noticed a void in the industry and have filled the need. As a cigar advertising and design firm, Cigar Package Design spotlights brands from identity and cigar band graphics to complete advertising campaigns.

Cigar Package Design is the brainchild of CIHYA’s managing member Humberto Areas. Humberto, born in Nicaragua got his feet wet in the cigar industry when Willy Herrera’s Titan de Bronze needed the company’s identity revamped. Humberto––a longtime cigar smoker with 10+ years in branding and design––was overjoyed to combine his business experience with his passion for cigars. (more…)

Mar 13

Press Release: Partagas 1845 Introduces Two New Collections

Posted on Thursday, March 13, 2014 in Informational

Partagas1845_ExtraFuerte_OpenBox_LRPartagas 1845 Introduces Two New Collections
The Sequel That’s Second to None

Richmond, VA—General Cigar Company is proud to announce the expansion of the acclaimed Partagas® 1845 line with two unique, channel-specific collections debuting in mid-March.

Partagas 1845 Extra Fuerte was created exclusively for sale at brick and mortar cigar shops, and Partagas 1845 Extra Oscuro will be available only through internet and catalog retailers. Each new collection has its own distinctive blend.

Partagas1845_ExtraFuerte_Cigar_LRAlan Willner, vice president of marketing for General Cigar explains, “These new collections enhance the taste spectrum of Partagas 1845 which is one of the best-selling blends in our portfolio. We anticipate that the appeal of these new Partagas 1845 cigars will be shared equally among those who favor the heritage and craftsmanship of classic brands, and those who seek to expand their smoking repertoires with exciting new tastes.”

Partagas 1845 Extra Fuerte is a full-flavored cigar featuring high priming tobacco for a deep, rich (more…)

Mar 11

Press Release: LA ZONA 20 COUNT BOXES BEGINS SHIPPING TO RETAILERS

Posted on Tuesday, March 11, 2014 in Informational

Now Available in 20 ct copyFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
For more information contact:
Anthony Jiménez, Creative Director (305) 558-3001
anthony@espinosacigars.com

LA ZONA 20 COUNT BOXES BEGINS SHIPPING TO RETAILERS

This week we have begun shipping to retailers the La Zona Connecticut and Habano cigars in 20 count boxes. The La Zona cigars were first introduced at the IPCPR tradeshow in 2012. They were originally only available in 80 count crates and 20 count bundles for replenishment. This new packaging is in response to request from retailers and consumers alike looking for a smaller box count option. The 80 count crates and 20 count bundles are still available.

The La Zona cigar is a value-priced cigar made to honor and introduce our factory in Esteli, Nicaragua.

With a medium bodied flavor profile, these cigars consist of Nicaraguan filler and binders and comes in both a Connecticut shade wrapper or a Habano wrapper grown in Nicaragua. The line currently comes in 2 vitolas, Robusto (5×52) and Super Toro (6-1/2×54). They carry a suggested retail value of $4.40 (Robusto) and $4.80 (Super Toro).

Since its inception, (more…)

Mar 11

Site Sponsor CigarsDirect.com Basketball Challenge!

Posted on Tuesday, March 11, 2014 in Informational

Sportsfan_HompageCigarsDirect.com is looking for College Basketball fans and Cigar Aficionados alike. Welcome to our 6th annual March Madness Basketball Tournament. Sign-up by the start of the firstgame to be eligible to win 1 of 25 great prizes. Your entry is completely FREE and you are absolutely under no obligation to buy. It’s very simple the top 10 contestants with the highest total points will win cigars but many more prizes will be given away!

This year we expect a record breaking number of entries and last year over 900 entries. Mark your calendars with these important dates:

Selection Sunday: March 16, 2014
Opening Round Game: March 20, 2014

PRIZES:
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4TH: ASHTON VSG TORPEDO – $309.60
5TH: ARTURO FUENTE HEMINGWAY CLASSIC – $247.80
6TH: OLIVA SERIE V DOUBLE TORO – $214.80 (more…)

Mar 10

Press Release: Tarazona305 and Revolution305 Announces Guerrilla305

Posted on Monday, March 10, 2014 in Informational

Miami, FL – (March 10, 2014, 3:05PM) – Tarazona Cigars, makers of Tarazona305 and Revolution305 announces the coming release of Guerrilla305 which will make its debut May 2014. The Guerrilla305 was accomplished working closely with Robert Caldwell as consultant and Henderson Ventura of Tabacalera William Ventura in Tamboril, Santiago DR where the cigars will be manufactured.

“The concept of Guerrilla 305 was conceived three years ago as a symbolic response to the legislative backlash the cigar industry has been facing and I just wanted to express that “anger” in a cigar line. Who better to collaborate with in creating the blend for this line than Robert Caldwell.” – Eddie Tarazona

We were simply amazed of what was coming out of Tabacalera William Ventura that we couldn’t pass up the opportunity to work with them.

The Guerrilla305 will be available in five vitolas with the extension of Guerrilla 305:
Blacksheep to be released in November for Veteran’s Day.

Origin: Dominican Republic (Tabacalera William Ventura)
CAPA: HVA (Habana Vuelta Abajo)
CAPOTE: Habano
TRIPA: Criollo 98, Corojo, HVA

Vitolas
Commando 4 1/2 x 42 (20)
El Capitan 5×52 (15)
El Jefe 6 1/2 x 42 (15)
El Comandante 6 1/4 x 54 (15)
Silverback 6 1/2 x 60 (15)
Blacksheep 7 x 38 (15) – November 2014

Mar 10

Press Release: La Palina Announces The Third Goldie

Posted on Monday, March 10, 2014 in Informational

Untitled-1La Palina announces the third Goldie from the La Palina Collection: The Goldie Laguito Especial

Goldie Drell Paley, the namesake of our brand, was the wife of Sam Paley, who founded La Palina in 1896. To celebrate the history, contributions and accomplishments of women in the cigar industry, La Palina released the La Palina Collection Goldie series in 2012.

The 2014 Goldie Laguito Especial will be a 7×40 cigar, presented in 2500 numbered boxes of 10. Bill Paley is proud to present the release of the Goldie Laguito Especial in late May, and October of 2014.

Produced at the El Titan de Bronze factory in the Little Havana neighborhood of Miami, the Goldie is made under the supervision of owner Sandra Cobas.

Master roller Maria Sierra rolls each La Palina Collection Goldie cigar (more…)

Mar 5

Press Release: The Blanco Cigar Company Releases American Legion Premium Cigars

Posted on Wednesday, March 5, 2014 in Informational

130508bal0004The Blanco Cigar Company is proud to announce the release of American Legion Premium Cigars. This is a landmark moment for Blanco Cigars and The American Legion, as they partner to bring a top shelf product to the market, while raising funds for various programs identified by The Legion.

Additionally, Blanco Cigars has subsidized the price of the product and is shouldering the distribution and administrative burden, at no cost to The Legion, in an attempt to maximize the benefits to the fund-raising efforts throughout the country. Both Cesar and David Blanco are members of The American Legion Post No. 238 in Safety Harbor, FL. They are honored and privileged to be working with The Legion, to bring premium hand-made cigars that bear the Legion logo to the market. When David, a 24 year veteran and still a member of the military, was asked about the project, he stated; “With the tradition and pride possessed by members of The American Legion, we felt they deserved a top-notch premium cigar bearing The American Legion Logo; this was long overdue”. Similar sentiments were echoed by his father Cesar, a 27 year retired US Army veteran; “The Blanco Family is honored to be a part of such a well-respected and honorable organization. Our family has (more…)

Mar 3

A Message From Famous Smoke Shop Regarding Cigars and the FDA

Posted on Monday, March 3, 2014 in Informational

Site Sponsor Famous Smoke Shop has produced this info video about recent government changes regarding our loved cigars:

“Regulation of premium cigars by the FDA is imminent. We put together this video to let you know what could potentially happen to your hobby, and what you can do to help make sure you can continue to freely enjoy a cigar. Please watch, and take action! Join Cigar Rights of America – www.cigarrights.org – and do your part to protect your right to enjoy a legal product that brings joy and a break from the stresses of life to millions as well as a livelihood to hundreds of thousands of hard working folks like me!” (more…)

Mar 3

Press Release: Punch Rare Corojo Returns with New Size and Updated Packaging

Posted on Monday, March 3, 2014 in Informational

Punch Rare Corojo is making its annual return, this time with a sleek, retailer-friendly box and an extremely limited new size.

The 2014 release of Punch Rare Corojo features Rare Salomones, a 7.25” x 57 figurado which is the only cigar in the line that’s packaged in a wooden cabinet-style box. It will sell for an SRP of $7.99 per cigar and will only be available in 2014, until the limited quantity is depleted.

The blend and band of Punch Rare Corojo have not changed – just the packaging and the addition of Rare Salomones. Known for its rich, reddish Sumatra wrapper cultivated in Ecuador, Punch Rare Corojo is made with a spicy blend of Nicaraguan, Honduran and Dominican tobacco, and bound with hearty Connecticut Broadleaf.

Punch Rare Corojo Rare Salomones joins the original lineup of these Rare Corojo offerings which are handcrafted in Honduras:

About Punch Rare Corojo (more…)

Mar 3

Press Release: Launch of AVO Limited Edition 2014 – AVO 88

Posted on Monday, March 3, 2014 in Informational

AVO_88_LE14_SingleAVO Limited Edition 2014 «AVO 88»

Pinellas Park, FL – March 3, 2014. The AVO Limited Edition 2014 celebrates the extraordinary 88th birthday of cigar legend, Avo Uvezian. Avo’s deep fascination with numerology gains full exposure with the number 8. Not only does 88 represent the hallmark anniversary Avo Uvezian is celebrating but also the number of keys on a grand piano. Thus, the piano keyboard is the “key” inspiration for Avo’s 2014 Limited Edition – “AVO 88”.

Avo Uvezian’s pursuit to compose the perfect blend for his 88th birthday cigar began several years ago. The goal was to compose a cigar that encapsulated an exciting and perfect balance of flavors and strength that is the foundation of every great musical composition. When Avo explained the objective to Master Blenders, Henke Kelner and Eladio Diaz, they were determined to successfully achieve Avo’s challenge. The ideal tobaccos were selected, the beautiful Belicoso format was chosen, and years of passionately fine-tuning the blend followed. Finally, the dedication to perfection from this legendary trio of cigar composers resulted in a Dominican Puro cigar that will be celebrated by connoisseurs throughout the ages.

The AVO 88 blend is brought to life in an exquisite 6” x 52 Belicoso format, comprised of five different Dominican filler tobaccos and a limited Dominican binder leaf, concealed within a flawless Dominican Yamasa wrapper leaf. The marriage of these select tobaccos provides the remarkable experience that Avo once dreamed about. As each key on a grand piano delivers a perfect note when played, the AVO 88 cigar delivers flawless notes of flavor when enjoyed. (more…)