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Nov 7

Press Release – Drew Estate Announces “Pappy Van Winkle’s Family Reserve” Premium Handmade Cigars

Posted on Friday, November 7, 2014 in News

6b9be00e-b0c6-459a-854d-de95e504a47bMiami, FL – Drew Estate announced today their exclusive manufacturing agreement with Pappy & Company, as well as the new “Pappy Van Winkle’s Family Reserve” premium handmade cigar. This new cigar will be produced at Drew Estate’s Estelí, Nicaragua factory and is being made in partnership with Pappy & Company. Pappy & Company is the family-owned merchandise division of Old Rip Van Winkle Distillery, producers of legendary whiskies including Pappy Van Winkle bourbon.

The “Pappy Van Winkle’s Family Reserve” cigar will be a long-filler, premium cigar made totally by hand in very small batches at Drew Estate in Estelí, Nicaragua. This historic cigar features a robust Ecuadorian Habano Wrapper and well-aged Nicaraguan Filler tobaccos, personally selected by Drew Estate’s Co-Founder, Jonathan Drew. It is the perfect choice for pairing with any of the Van Winkle bourbon and rye products.

Speaking from the Pappy & Company headquarters in Louisville, KY, Carrie Van Winkle, great granddaughter of the legendary Pappy Van Winkle, said that, “we’re extremely happy to be working with Drew Estate on this project, as both of our companies are known for their high quality, handmade products. When we approached Drew Estate with the idea of working together on a premium cigar, we knew we’d made the right choice. The finished cigar is the perfect pairing for our family’s whiskeys, and we hope you enjoy them as much as we do.”

The strength level of the “Pappy Van Winkle’s Family Reserve” cigar is “Medium Plus,” which allows both new smokers and experienced aficionados to enjoy the blend. “It’s a well rounded, sophisticated cigar, with body and a hearty expression,” says Jonathan Drew. “Drew Estate is known for passion and innovation, and making premium cigars is our ‘raison d’être’ [reason to be]. The ‘Pappy Van Winkle’s Family Reserve’ premium cigar is truly a showcase of our passion for cigar-making.” (more…)

Nov 5

Viva Republica Announces Limited-Edition Fundraising Cigar

Posted on Wednesday, November 5, 2014 in News

image001For Immediate Release Contact: Jason Holly

November 5, 2014 jason@vivarepublica.com

Miami, Florida- Viva Republica, a premium handmade cigar manufacturer, and Operation: Cigars for Warriors, a nonprofit dedicated to serving U.S. military members serving in combat zones, are pleased to announce a Veteran’s Day limited-edition release cigar that will be sold to benefit the charity.

The cigar will retail for $6, with all proceeds from the wholesale of the cigar to authorized retailers going directly to Operation: Cigars for Warriors. The limited edition run of 2,000 cigars is the first of its kind for Viva Republica and will ship to stores next week on Veteran’s Day, November 10th, 2014.

“For Veteran’s Day this year I wanted to do something for an organization that I truly believe in,” said Jason Holly, owner of Viva Republica. “The volunteers of Operation: Cigars for Warriors work tirelessly to get cigars to the men and women fighting for our country.”

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Oct 29

Emilio Cigars releases Mia Dora

Posted on Wednesday, October 29, 2014 in News

1779879_870778176268375_2744826365771845818_nGary Griffith of Emilio Cigars announced today yet another addition to the ever-growing portfolio of cigars available through the House of Emilio.

Mia Dora is produced by AJ Fernandez in Esteli, Nicaragua and features an Habano wrapper and Nicaraguan filler and binder.

The Robusto and Toro are available in 21 count boxes, and the Coronita comes in a 40 count box. The boxes are embossed in gold, while the cigar bands feature a theme dedicated to the town of Ascoli Piceno in Italy, birthplace of the ancestors of the love of Griffith’s life, Dora.

Oct 20

Drew Estate Sells To Swisher

Posted on Monday, October 20, 2014 in News

swisher-deJACKSONVILLE, Fla. (Oct. 20, 2014) — Swisher International Inc. and Drew Estate Tobacco Company disclosed today that they have entered into a definitive purchase agreement whereby Swisher International will acquire Drew Estate in its entirety. Drew Estate will continue to operate under its current management team as a subsidiary of Swisher.

“We began under the Manhattan Bridge Overpass in Brooklyn, N.Y. with a laser focus on ‘The Rebirth of Cigars.’ Friends, retailers, and consumers connected with our passion and authenticity, supporting us at each stage of our growth. We are eternally grateful to all of those who have helped build Drew Estate, and look forward to advancing the Drew Estate legacy with a great partner,” stated Jonathan Drew, Co-founder of Drew Estate, from Hopkinsville, Kentucky.

Drew Estate Co-founder Marvin Samel added, “This is a dream come true. From the moment we met the team at Swisher and began speaking of a possible acquisition, it was clear that, as a family business, they understood the culture we have created and completely supported our desire to keep our family at Drew Estate intact. The team we have built in Miami and Nicaragua represents the heart and soul of ‘The Rebirth of Cigars’ and will continue to drive that vision into the future. In fact, we’re just getting started.”

Michael Cellucci, President of Drew Estate, said, “We are excited to join the distinguished team at Swisher. After spending the past few months interacting with the Swisher team, we have come to understand their commitment to the cigar and OTP categories, as well as the premium cigar segment. After the transaction closes, we will continue to run our business as we have in the past, and will be able to leverage the resources of Swisher to continue our growth with a renewed focus on our commitment to quality products and people – two of the core principles of the Drew Estate belief system.”

“As a global leader in the cigar and OTP categories, Swisher (more…)

Sep 17

Press Release: GENERAL CIGAR HIRES SAM LECCIA AND ACQUIRES BRANDS

Posted on Wednesday, September 17, 2014 in News

GCC_Logo_ColorPress Release: GENERAL CIGAR HIRES SAM LECCIA AND ACQUIRES BRANDS

Richmond, VA — General Cigar Company is excited to announce today they have hired Sam Leccia as “Cigar and Blend Specialist.” General Cigar has also acquired the Leccia Tobacco Company cigar brands, as part of the Foundry Tobacco Company, and will market and distribute the Black, White and Luchador lines, effective today.

Sam has built a strong reputation in the premium cigar category through his non-traditional approach to cigar making and brand building. He is best known for developing contemporary blends that put a unique and exciting spin on the tradition of premium cigars. In his new role at General Cigar, Sam will continue to develop his brands while leveraging the company’s vast tobacco resources, premium cigar blending expertise and creative talent. He will also bring new, innovative products to the premium cigar market. As an ambassador for his brands, Sam will continue on his quest to share his passion for premium cigars with retailers and consumers across the country.

Dan Carr, president of General Cigar said, “I am impressed with what Sam has achieved. He broke into the industry, worked tirelessly for years, and made a name for himself by developing interesting cigar brands. Sam will provide additional creative talent to complement the expertise of our existing team, enabling us to build on the success of his and our current brands. I look forward to his contributions in helping us accelerate our plans for Foundry Tobacco Company, and to the personal perspective he will bring to our entire brand portfolio.” (more…)

Sep 11

Press Release: GENERAL CIGAR ACQUIRES TORAÑO BRANDS

Posted on Thursday, September 11, 2014 in News

TORANO_LOGORichmond, VA — General Cigar Company today announced the acquisition of the Toraño Family Cigar Company brands. This acquisition will strengthen General Cigar’s market position and enhance the company’s product mix to deliver greater value and innovation to its retail customers and consumers. It will also allow General Cigar to further expand its exceptional portfolio of leading brands by offering opportunities within the company’s international footprint, while presenting significant growth potential in the domestic market.

Spanning almost 100 years, Toraño Cigars has a vast history that encompasses every area of the cigar industry, from growing to manufacturing, to ultimately the creation of their own brands. Production of Toraño’s portfolio including the popular Exodus, Reserva, Casa Toraño, Vault and Master Collections will remain unchanged.
Dan Carr, president of General Cigar said, “The acquisition of the Toraño brands represents an opportunity for us to strategically expand our portfolio. Our companies have been intertwined for over 50 years and I look forward to working with Charlie Toraño on plans to celebrate the upcoming centennial and to carry forward the vision, passion and innovation that is synonymous with the Toraño name while also leveraging our resources to bring even greater excitement and reach to our trade partners and consumers.”

“There is a long-standing and proud history of partnership between General Cigar and Toraño, dating back to my family’s exodus from Cuba. There is no other company that I would rather have continue my family’s legacy, and I look forward to seeing the Toraño brands prosper under General Cigar’s expertise,” said Toraño president Charlie Toraño.
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Aug 21

Press Release: NOW AVAILABLE NICARAGUA DIADEMA

Posted on Thursday, August 21, 2014 in News

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Press Release: NOW AVAILABLE NICARAGUA DIADEMA

Inspired by Zino Davidoff’s pioneering spirit, we have made it our mission to delight the aficionado by bringing him the widest variety of taste experiences and cigar pleasures. Our experts, led by master blender Henke Kelner, constantly explore every opportunity to create new and diverse ways of ensuring time spent with each Davidoff cigar is time beautifully filled. The path of discovery, which led to the intense flavours of Davidoff Nicaragua, takes a new direction.

Cigar Aficionados can now continue their adventure into Davidoff Nicaragua
and explore the earthy, peppery peaks. The gorgeous Diadema format
brings new peaks of palate stimulation and takes you on a journey
through undiscovered territories of taste.

The beautiful Figurado format and its conic head allow the aficionado to
tailor the taste experience to his preferences. The smaller opening releases
the aromas and flavours in a more pronounced manner and adds to
the experience with the spicy prevalence of the Nicaraguan
wrapper and binder. It is taste taken to a new level. (more…)

Aug 15

Press Release: Cigar Oasis Wi-Fi Attachment & App Now Available

Posted on Friday, August 15, 2014 in News

Press Release: Cigar Oasis Wi-Fi Attachment & App Now Available

New York, August 14th, 2014 – Yes the wait is finally over! In January of 2014 Cigar Oasis released the Next Generation of humidifiers with Wi-Fi capability, since then the public has been anxiously awaiting the release of the Wi-Fi Attachment and app which were unveiled and sold to retailers at the IPCPR in July.

You can now check the status of your humidor over the internet or mobile app for iPhones, iPads, and Android tablets/phones.
With the Wi-Fi option, you can see the current humidity and temperature conditions and even see a history of their trends over the course 1, 3, 7, 14, 30 or 365 days, More advanced features even allow you to adjust the settings remotely from your smart phone or computer and you can set notifications to receive email and/or text messages alerts of low humidity or water.

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Aug 11

Press Release: Introducing the new 2014 Camacho Liberty Series

Posted on Monday, August 11, 2014 in News

liberty2014-landerIntroducing the new 2014 Camacho Liberty Series, a complex blend of rare tobaccos from three different countries and four different vintages. As with all releases of the Liberty Series, this cigar is based on our best concept blend too limited in supply to put into regular production.

This medium-to-full intensity cigar features a rich and oily Habano wrapper from Ecuador grown in 2005. The Corojo 2006 binder adds a pronounced layer of spice and sweetness, which progressively builds throughout the cigar. Fillers from both Nicaragua and the Dominican Republic play a very complementary role and provide a level of balance that makes for an intense, yet pleasurable experience.

The 2014 Camacho Liberty Series is available (more…)

Aug 11

Press Release: A.J. FERNANDEZ CIGARS PROUDLY UNVEILS A.J. FERNANDEZ DOCUMENTARY

Posted on Monday, August 11, 2014 in News

image004(Miami, Florida) August 11, 2014— A.J. Fernandez Cigars, recognized for creating some of the most acclaimed cigars in the industry proudly unveils a 13 minute documentary which went live today and can be seen on the home page of their website at: www.ajfernandezcigars.com.

A.J. Fernandez, who has blended consistently highly rated cigars, is documented in a way that gives the viewer just a glimpse of the passion and expertise which has led many to consider him a tobacco prodigy.

Kris Kachaturian, Managing Partner of A.J. Fernandez Cigars said: “I have always stated that A.J. Fernandez will be known as a legend in the cigar industry in only a few years. I felt it was important to take advantage of the present time to document our journey. For those who are not able to visit our factory, we present them with this documentary which will bring the factory to them.”

Public Works, an award winning boutique creative agency based out of Denver, Colorado spent a week at the factory in Nicaragua and created a very unique documentary. The film is composed of beautiful cinematography, (more…)