Wednesday, November 11, 2015


Limited edition cigar honors 75 years of family tradition and commitment to excellence

EASTON, PA – "I do not consider a sale complete until the customer is satisfied," says Famous Smoke Shop CEO Arthur Zaretsky, who took over the modest New York City cigar store that his parents' established in 1939. Now located in Easton, PA, today Famous Smoke Shop is the leading online distributor of discounted premium cigars, specializing in offering the web’s widest selection of cigars at the lowest prices. Several thousand miles away, in Nicaragua, Jorge Padrón has been carrying on his family's primary mission: making cigars of "exceptional quality," while striving to give cigar smokers "the confidence that each cigar is perfect," as his father has done since 1964. In celebrating over seven decades of quality and integrity, these two second-generation cigar men have collaborated on the release of an exclusive, limited edition Padrón cigar – the Famous 75th Padrón Anniversary cigar.

Famous 75th Padrón 1926 Series cigars are made in one size, a 5" x 54 box-pressed robusto rolled in two wrapper choices – Nicaraguan Habano natural or Nicaraguan Habano maduro. Presented in boxes of 10 cigars, these puros are exquisitely handcrafted with 5-year-aged Nicaraguan tobaccos offering a smooth, creamy, well-balanced smoke brimming with Padrón's signature earthy-spicy, full-bodied flavor profile. Only 3,000 boxes have been made, and like all Padrón Cigars, they will have individual, serial-numbered cigar bands.

Arthur and Jorge, both born of humble beginnings, both focused on providing the best to their customers; throughout their combined 115 year history they have built companies that today are honored fixtures of the cigar world, respectively. Jorge's father, Orlando, owned and managed cigar factories in Nicaragua and Honduras. Like the progeny of many tobacco growing, cigar making families, Jorge worked closely with his father since childhood, traveling with him daily to the office, learning every aspect of the cigar business.

Likewise, Arthur Zaretsky learned the retail side of the business from his parents, David and Rose, who owned the original Famous Smoke Shop on West Broadway in Manhattan. Virtually living behind the sales counter, Arthur worked 80 hours a week to support the family business. After his father passed-away, Arthur continued to work with Rose, whom the customers affectionately called "Rosie." While Rosie took care of the customers, Arthur began building the little cigar store into a thriving direct mail business from their new location on West 39th Street.

Living and breathing a passion for cigars, Arthur and Jorge have come to recognize and appreciate what their families have created. Backed with confidence and a commitment to quality and customer satisfaction, both men took what their families had built and grew them into prosperous internationally-renowned businesses.

"Both Jorge and I owe a lot to our parents and the values they taught us," said Mr. Zaretsky. "So, in celebrating our 75 year legacy as Famous Smoke Shop, and in the spirit of family, we celebrate you – our customer – with this special cigar from Padrón."

About Famous Smoke Shop

Famous Smoke Shop is the nation’s #1 discount retailer of premium cigars online, offering one of the largest selections of handmade cigars, machine-made cigars, cigar humidors and accessories. Famous offers the web’s lowest prices on a wide selection of cigar brands including Acid, Davidoff, Macanudo, Romeo y Julieta, Ashton, Padron, Oliva and Perdomo cigars, and many more. Famous offers their customers the best prices on all premium cigars as well as friendly and knowledgeable customer service.

Famous Smoke Shop
90 Mort Drive
Easton, PA 18040

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Press Release: Gurkha's Cellar Reserve Is One Happy Family Of Fine Cigars

Fort Lauderdale, FL - Gurkha Cigars has completed the line of Cellar Reserves with the new release of the Cellar Reserve Platinum cigar. With each of these releases, the Cellar Reserve family of cigars has been one success story after another.

"When developing the new Cellar Reserve Platinum, our idea was to provide a rich and complex smoking experience for the consumer," said Juan Lopez, National Sales Director and in-house blender. "Due to the enormous success we've had with the Cellar Reserve lines made in the Dominican Republic, we felt that it only makes sense to expand the flavor profile by adding aged Nicaraguan tobaccos."

The Cellar Reserve Platinum is a blend of 12-year-old tobaccos in the filler and is the first of the Cellar Reserve cigars to use Nicaraguan tobacco. It was just released this summer at the IPCPR trade show in New Orleans to rave reviews and ships to retailers this month!

It comes in three sizes: Hedonism (6 x 58), Kraken (6 x 60) and Solara (5 x 58) and retails for $7.99 to $9.99 per stick or $200 for a box of 20 cigars.

The history of the Cellar Reserve family begins in 2007 with the release of the original Cellar Reserve cigar. It grew with so much success that Gurkha's founder and CEO Kaizad Hansotia decided to expand the line.

"When we were introducing our 'brick and mortar' brands, we wanted something that was going to stand out in the marketplace," said Hansotia. "We created the original Cellar Reserve to be an all Dominican cigar. It sold incredibly well, so we made a second cigar that we launched in 2012. We called it the Cellar Reserve Limitada and it features a Maduro wrapper. In 2014, we modified the cigar again and introduced the Cellar Reserve Edicion Especial. That cigar is made with 18-year aged tobacco and a Corojo wrapper. Finally this year, we decided to bring the blend to Nicaragua and created our first 12-year aged Cellar Reserve from that country and launched the Cellar Reserve Platinum! The entire family of Cellar Reserves are tapered with a pigtail at the cap that has become a signature of the brand."

Despite the Cellar Reserve cigars being in one family, each has a different flavor profile. The vintage Gurkha Cellar Reserve uses the finest quality 15-year-old aged tobacco, an oily Criollo 1998 wrapper and 15-year old Dominican filler. It's rated a 97 and named Top 10 Cigar of the Year.

The Gurkha Cellar Reserve Limitada is a rich and robust cigar using the finest quality 15-year aged tobacco with a Brazilian Arapiraca Maduro wrapper. It has a 90 rating.

And the Gurkha Cellar Reserve Edicion Especial has a Corojo wrapper and 18-year aged tobacco. It rated a 93.

Gurkha produces eight million cigars per year that are sold in more than 28 countries worldwide. They have an impressive array 48 brands of flawlessly handcrafted, premium cigars in a variety of strengths, tasting profiles, and price-points. No matter what your taste, there's a Gurkha cigar that's perfect for your palate. And each Gurkha brand has its own artistically created packaging further separating that brand from any other.

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