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Jul 29

Press Release: PRIMER MUNDO CIGAR COMPANY ANNOUNCES THE LAUNCH OF LA HERMANDAD

Posted on Sunday, July 29, 2012 in Informational

Press Release: PRIMER MUNDO CIGAR COMPANY ANNOUNCES THE LAUNCH OF LA HERMANDAD

(Atlanta, GA) – July 29th, 2012: Primer Mundo Cigar Company, makers of El Primer Mundo premium boutique cigars are proud to announce the launch of La Hermandad, which will debut at the IPCPR industry trade show being held from August 2nd- 6th in Orlando, FL.

La Hermandad represents an exciting new dynamic in the portfolio of El Primer Mundo cigars. Now well into its 6th year of operation Primer Mundo Cigar Company has consistently received solid ratings and reviews from industry publications and online media outlets. Their EPM Select Line which includes the Red, Blue, and Black Labels are made with Nestor Plasencia in Nicaragua and their Little Havana Series which includes the Liga Miami, Epifania, and Clase Reserva are being made in Miami at El Titan de Bronze on Calle Ocho. El Primer Mundo Cigars is a boutique cigar brand in the truest since of the word and has enjoyed (more…)

Jun 14

Press Release: CHRISTIAN EIROA’S TABACALERAS UNIDAS LAUNCHES PALATE LIBERATING ASYLUM CIGARS

Posted on Thursday, June 14, 2012 in Informational

CHRISTIAN EIROA’S TABACALERAS UNIDAS LAUNCHES PALATE LIBERATING ASYLUM CIGARS
Miami, Florida – 13 June 2012 – Christian Eiroa’s Tabacaleras Unidas launches palate liberating
Asylum Cigars.
Best described as an unusual yin and yang of partnerships, Asylum Cigars co-founders, Kevin Baxter and Tom Lazuka, share a common dream—freedom. Freedom from the confines traditional business imposes with its restrictive controls and structure. Thanks to Eiroa’s new venture, Tabacaleras Unidas, the diverse duo found the perfect platform to realize their dream—to launch their first cigar brand.
No strangers to the cigar world, Baxter, a former Marine who (more…)

Oct 5

Press Release: La Gloria Cubana Artesanos Retro Especiale

Posted on Wednesday, October 5, 2011 in Informational

La Gloria Cubana Artesanos Retro Especiale

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. Inclusive of a two-year process that encompassed cultivating a new wrapper, the development of the blend for Artesanos Retro Especiale was approached with an equal amount of creativity and commitment. (more…)

Jul 18

Press Release: La Gloria Cubana Artesanos Retro Especiale

Posted on Monday, July 18, 2011 in Informational

La Gloria Cubana Artesanos Retro Especiale
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. Inclusive of a two-year process that encompassed cultivating a new wrapper, the development of the blend for Artesanos Retro Especiale was approached with an equal amount of creativity and commitment.
According to Michael Giannini, director of marketing for La Gloria Cubana, “It gives me great pleasure to debut La Gloria Cubana Artesanos Retro Especiale. We set out to create a product that was as unique in its packaging as it is in its taste and I believe we’ve delivered that in spades. I stand with Team La Gloria, fully confident that this collection will be a welcome addition to the smoking repertoires of today’s most discriminating premium cigar smokers.”
Team La Gloria set out to break the mold with the blend by cross-breeding a Connecticut seed, which was then cultivated in Honduras. The maiden crop yielded a hearty, golden wrapper as noteworthy for its color as it is for allowing each of the cigar’s components to enjoy equal bearing on the overall taste of the cigar.
Despite the golden appearance of the wrapper, the blend is brash in its full flavor and engages the entire palate. The double binder of bold Nicaraguan and Mexican leaf is further enhanced not only by Nicaraguan and Dominican ligero but also through an additional peppering of proprietary Nicaraguan and Dominican leaf.
Each of the four frontmarks is uniquely packaged in a 25-count box with a different design and bears a classic name that hearkens back to the early days of La Gloria Cubana. Taino (7” x 52) will be available for a suggested retail price of $7.50 per cigar, or $187.50 per box. Habanero (6” x 52) will sell for an SRP of $7.25 per cigar, or $181.25 per box. Cubano (6 1/2” x 58) will carry an SRP of $8.15 per cigar, or $203.75 per box and Club (5 ¾” x 47) will sell for $7.00 apiece, or $175.00 per box.
La Gloria Cubana Artesanos Retro Especiale will debut in mid-August, with private tastings to be held throughout the country. The product will ultimately ship in late September.

About La Gloria Cubana
La Gloria Cubana cigars are produced by General Cigar Co. Inc., a division of Scandinavian Tobacco Group, which manufactures and markets handcrafted cigars for the premium market. Committed to delivering cigars of the finest quality, General Cigar’s skilled artisans produce Macanudo®, Cohiba®, La Gloria Cubana, Punch®, CAO, Partagas®, Hoyo de Monterrey®, Excalibur® and several other leading premium brands in the company’s Dominican, Honduran and Nicaraguan factories. In addition, the company cultivates proprietary tobacco which is used exclusively in its blends. General Cigar also operates Club Macanudo®, a cigar bar in New York City. Based in Richmond, VA, General Cigar sells through tobacconists nationwide and also exports select products to 62 countries. For more information, please visit www.cigarworld.com.

® La Gloria Cubana, El Credito, Macanudo, Cohiba, Punch, Partagas, Hoyo de Monterrey, Excalibur and Club Macanudo are registered trademarks of General Cigar Co. Inc.
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Jul 11

Press Release: GURKHA REVEALS THREE NEW RETAILER EXCLUSIVE BRANDS

Posted on Monday, July 11, 2011 in Informational

GURKHA REVEALS THREE NEW RETAILER EXCLUSIVE BRANDS: CELLAR RESERVE, ROYAL CHALLENGE AND SEDUCTION

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

MIAMI, FL., July 11, 2011: Beach Cigar Group Inc., owner of Gurkha Cigars, one of world’s most premium and luxurious cigar brands announced today the creation of three new retailer exclusive brands timed to launch at this year’s IPCPR Trade Show in Las Vegas : Cellar Reserve, Royal Challenge and Seduction. Gurkha’s aim is to re-emphasize the continued importance of the retailer. “These exciting new brands represent our ongoing commitment to further support our brick and mortar customers,” stated Gary Hyams, President and CEO of Beach Cigar Group.

The vintage Cellar Reserve uses the finest quality 15 year-old aged tobacco, comprised of an oily Criollo 1998 wrapper, that combines an aged Dominican, Olor binder with a 15 year old Criollo, Nicaraguan filler. These cigars are housed in unique 20 count wooden boxes that aesthetically evoke a maturing wine barrel. Cellar Reserve is a delicious medium to full-bodied cigar that is available in 5 different sizes: 4 x 58 Perfecto, 5 x 58 Doble Robusto, 6 x 58 Gran Rothchild, 7 x 54 Churchill and a 6 x 60 XO, with an MSRP ranging from $7.99-$12.95

Gurkha’s second release is the dignified Royal Challenge, a medium bodied cigar that is smooth and complex. The blend is highlighted by a silky, Connecticut/Ecuadorian shade wrapper, with a Habano, Honduran binder, complimented by Nicaraguan and Dominican fillers. The Royal Challenge will be available in majestic 20 count boxes in 5 different sizes: 5 x 50 Robusto, 6 x 50 Toro, 6.5 x 53 Torpedo, 7 x 52 Churchill and 6 x 60 XO, with an MSRP ranging from $5.98-$8.50.

The third release, Seduction, is designed to captivate the palate. This tasty and appealing, medium bodied blend has an Ecuadorian Habano wrapper, with a Dominican, Olor binder with a Corojo, Columbian filler. Seduction comes in sleek and alluring 20 count boxes and will be available in 4 sizes: 5 x 55 Robusto, 6 x 55 Toro, 7 x 55 Churchill and a 6 x 60 XO with an MSRP ranging from $6.80-$9.50.

The new releases, along with the full range of Gurkha products will be on display at this year’s IPCPR Trade Show at the Sands Expo Center in the Venetian Hotel resort at booth numbers: 0936-1145. Gurkha’s booth will also have on show the company’s flavored brand, Cojimar.

About Gurkha: Gurkha Cigars was founded in 1989 by Kaizad Hansotia and is one of the most famous brands of luxury cigars in the world. Having extraordinary quality and premium blends of tobacco, Gurkha is known for limited release and rare tobacco products with outstanding and artistically-oriented packaging. More information on Gurkha Cigars can be found on the company’s web-site: www.gurkhacigars.com.

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Lippert Heilshorn & Associates

212.201.6622

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May 12

Press Release: TORAÑO FAMILY CIGAR COMPANY ANNOUNCES THE LAUNCH OF NEW 6×60 SIZE EXODUS 1959 50 YEARS

Posted on Thursday, May 12, 2011 in Informational

TORAÑO FAMILY CIGAR COMPANY ANNOUNCES THE LAUNCH OF NEW 6×60 SIZE EXODUS 1959 50 YEARS WHILE DROPPING HINTS OF MORE TO COME

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

(Miami, Florida) May 12, 2011 – Toraño Family Cigar Company, makers of some of the finest cigars in the world, is excited to announce the upcoming launch of the Exodus 1959 50 Years BFC 6×60 that will be unveiled at this year’s IPCPR trade show in Las Vegas, NV.

The BFC 6×60 is the fifth vitola to be introduced by the family in this line, which has become a true staple of the Toraño portfolio. The Exodus 1959 50 Years has received many accolades, including being awarded a 93 rating by Cigar Aficionado and ranked number 12 on their list of top 25 cigars of the year in 2010.

“The popularity of larger ring gauges continues and we felt that the Exodus 1959 50 Years blend worked very favorably in a 6×60,” said Charlie Torano, President of Toraño Family Cigar Company.

The Exodus 1959 50 Years is dressed in a Brazilian Arapiraca sun-grown wrapper, that is accompanied by a Honduran binder with fillers from Estelí and Pueblo Nuevo Nicaragua. The blend offers a unique and flavorful profile which provides sweet, creamy notes that dominate the palate with subtle hints of spice, dark chocolate, and raisin. This line is also available in a 5×50 Robusto, 51/2×52 Torpedo, 6×48 Short Churchill and a 5×55 Box Press. For those still unclear what “BFC” stands for, the Toraño’s have left that up to the creative minds of cigar smokers…

The new line extension for the Exodus 1959 50 years isn’t the only new product Toraño is working on for the upcoming IPCPR. Charlie Toraño and the gang are currently putting finishing touches on two new exciting brands which are sure to turn heads in Las Vegas. When asked to elaborate on the new brands Charlie Toraño can hardly hide his grin and simply says, “Would love to talk about it but all I can say is that they are currently under lock and key”.

A leader in the cigar industry, Toraño Family Cigar Company is a four generation company currently based in Miami, FL. It enjoys a rich heritage and history in tobacco growing and manufacturing. For more information: www.torano.com. Please also follow Toraño on Face book: Toraño A family Cigar Company or on Twitter: @TORANOFAMCIGARS.

Aug 20

Press Release: Berger & Argenti ENTUBAR® QUAD MADURO

Posted on Friday, August 20, 2010 in Informational

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Albert J. Argenti
August 20, 2010 (305) 644-2114

ENTUBAR® QUAD MADURO LIGHTS UP IPCPR NEW ORLEANS

MIAMI – Berger & Argenti Premium Cigars announced the debut of ENTUBAR® QUAD MADURO at the 78th IPCPR Convention and Trade Show in New Orleans, LA was an overwhelming success and enthusiastically received by retailers and consumers alike.

ENTUBAR® QUAD MADURO is a full-bodied, super-premium extension of the sensational ENTUBAR® cigar brand which was unveiled to the public a year ago at IPCPR. Like ENTUBAR®, the QUAD MADURO pays tribute to the time-honored Cuban cigar making technique known as ‘entubar’ while also establishing a revolutionary new process of manufacturing premium cigars.

Each deeply aged Nicaraguan filler leaf that comprises the ENTUBAR® QUAD MADURO blend is carefully rolled creating delicate ‘scrolls’ of rich, flavorful tobacco. This age-old method ensures open chambers of air flow from the foot to the head of the cigar. The ligero tobacco, which lends the cigar its unique full body, are bunched independently and then placed into the center of the remaining ‘entubar’ rolled filler blend. This ‘channel’ of ligero tobacco ranges the full length of the cigar and extends ¼” beyond the finished trimmed foot, creating a startlingly unique ‘fuse like’ appearance that assures a superior draw, flawless conical burn with a long white ash, and a myriad of complex flavors channeled directly onto the palate. ENTUBAR® QUAD MADURO is ‘cuadrado’ pressed Habano and comprised of all Cuban-seed Nicaraguan (viso and ligero) and Dominican (seco) fillers, a savory Nicaraguan binder, and skillfully enveloped in a rich, dark Jalapa Valley-grown Maduro wrapper crop aged eight years in seasoned oak barrels.

Due to the meticulous small batch production of ENTUBAR® QUAD MADURO, only ‘friends’ and authorized ENTUBAR® merchants in the United States will have access to the brand. ENTUBAR® QUAD MADURO is delicately packaged in rustic Spanish cedar boxes of 20 cigars and available in four (4) distinct vitolas characterized by sumptuously large ring gauges: Corona Macho (4 5/8” x 48); Robusto (5 3/8” x 54); Double Corona (7 5/8” x 54); and Torpedo (6 7/8” x 56).

Berger & Argenti Premium Cigars is a privately-held company headquartered in Miami, Florida with agricultural and production facilities in Esteli, Nicaragua. The company serves as the exclusive manufacturer, importer and distributor of world-class, super-premium cigar brands including ENTUBAR®, ENTUBAR® QUAD MADURO, CLASICO® and MOOCH®. For more information, please call toll-free (800) 815-1155 or visit the Berger & Argenti website at www.bergerargenti.com.

May 14

Jose Marti Remedios Cigar Review

Posted on Friday, May 14, 2010 in Cigar Reviews

Jose Marti Remedios Cigar Review

This 5.5×44 stick offers a thin, seemingly fragile toothy wrapper, hot cocoa colored with a slight peppery tobacco aroma. First light reveals a perfect draw, tons of rich smoke and a very heavy, deep tobacco flavor with a big white pepper kick. The first third brings (more…)

Apr 12

Rocky Patel Vintage 1990 Torpedo Cigar Review

Posted on Monday, April 12, 2010 in Cigar Reviews

Rocky Patel Vintage 1990 Torpedo Cigar Review

This 6.25 by 52 maduro stick offers a virtually seamless satin wrapper with some small veins showing in darkened color only. Overall a dark chocolate color it gives off a rich oily slightly sweet tobacco aroma. First light reveals a full palate of complex flavors, requiring multiple draws to fully experience. They included deep earth, sweetness, smooth tobacco, nuts, slight pepper, cocoa, coffee and cream. The first third develops to a solid medium body, with tons of very smooth rich smoke output and a very easy draw. Flavors remain complex and very creamy in texture. By the 2nd third flavors had become more of the creamy cocoa, with undertones of a caramel and a deep oily finish. Ending at the 1:10 min mark, the stick proved to be the same flavor wise through the remainder, which was just fine with me! Thank you very much to Michael Yamashita for sending this sample in for review!

Mar 1

Ashton VSG Eclipse Tubos Cigar Review

Posted on Monday, March 1, 2010 in Cigar Reviews

Ashton VSG Eclipse Tubos Cigar Review

This 6×52 dark chocolate stick comes wrapped in a cedar sleeve, inside a black aluminum tube for easy transport and storage. Offering a robust, slightly veiny irregular roll it presents slight tooth, a firm pack and beautiful chocolate tobacco aroma. Starting on the mild-medium body side of things, it opens with (more…)

Feb 10

Victor Sinclair Triple Corojo Toro Cigar Review

Posted on Wednesday, February 10, 2010 in Cigar Reviews

Victor Sinclair Triple Corojo Toro Cigar Review

This 6×50 medium tan stick offers a soft satin wrapper with minimal veins and very smooth seams with a triple cap. Body started medium-full pulling down to a medium by the 2nd third. Strength slowly built up to full by the end of the stick at the 1:10 hour mark. Burn and draw were both excellent from start to finish, holding a very straight burn with just the right amount of resistance. Flavors were fairly consistent to the last third, giving a smooth, slightly chewy smoke with a creamy leather and slight pepper kick. The finish was long, growing heavy and slightly bitter as it burned down. The final third brought a creamy chewy earthiness with a hint of licorice, and a cleaner finish of oil, cream and the same chewiness on the palate. The only problem with this stick was a terrible band glue job, with a huge glob on the wrapper taking a chunk with the band. Luckily it did not breach and still smoked perfectly. Thank you very much to Ken Glass for sending this in for review!

Sep 20

Regarding My Reviews

Posted on Sunday, September 20, 2009 in Informational

A couple things I am frequently asked, be it on the blog, through YouTube, comments on the articles or videos, email, through forums, etc. – is why don’t I give cigars a rating and talk more about the stick before I smoke it?

Simply put, there are some things that I have chosen not to do because I feel they are irrelevant to the pleasure and experience of smoking a cigar. Such things as the so-called ‘pre-light draw’ and rating systems are a couple of them.

I don’t buy cigars to suck on them unlit or stick them up my nose and smell them. I smoke them. What they give you by doing such things has no bearing whatsoever on what they burn and taste like when you actually enjoy them as they were meant to be. Frankly a cigar could give ‘skunk’ through a ‘pre-light draw’ but if it smokes well that’s all that matters. Even considering such silly things, let alone imparting some qualified opinion on them to the quality of a cigar, is like buying a race car and judging it on how well it looks on jackstands. You smoke cigars, you don’t stick them up your nose or suck on them unlit.

Ratings – be it numerical, stars or whatnot – are 100% subjective as far as flavors are concerned. Each person has unique taste buds. Each person has different preferences to tastes. Two people can smoke the exact same cigar – share the same stick even – and taste different things. People can also do the same, get the exact same flavors and both can have different opinions OF those flavors.

Putting any kind of rating to flavors is ONLY, IMO, useful whatsoever to the person giving the rating, for his/her own future reference.

The way I do my reviews is very simple. I report the experience that I receive, noting everything that happens. This is obviously only applicable to my palate, but through trial on your part, you may find yourself having similar physical taste to my own. This is only found by smoking some of the same cigars that I have, and comparing your own results with mine. Finding a reviewer with similar taste means you can then glean better insight into other cigars that you have not yet had. You can then use that insight to decide if the flavors present would be something you would enjoy.