Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Buna Mobile Roasting Company Three Country Blend

This newest sample from Buna Mobile Roasting Company is coffee blending done right. This Three Country Blend features Vietnamese, Honduran and Nicaraguan beans.

Buna Mobile Roasting Company
Three Country Blend 
Roast: Full City +
Brewing method: Pour-over

Sometimes when you crack open a bag of coffee you just know from the aroma that radiates it's gonna be good. Well cracking open this Three Country Blend wasn't disappointing. Instantly a sweet, fruity, cocoa aroma jumped from the bag to waken my senses. I thought the aroma was fantastic. 

After hand-grinding the beans, blueberries took over as the main aroma, but the cocoa was still there, reminding me of chocolate covered blueberries. 

As water was introduced to the ground coffee, it created a nice bloom, with notes of earth, cocoa and blueberries radiating several feet. 

From the cup, the first well balanced sips were clean with a medium mouthfeel, a clean palate wash and a lightly fruity lingering aftertaste. There were flavor nuances of earth, cocoa, blueberries and hint of toast. 

Overall this Buna Mobile Roasting Company Three Country Blend produced a nice anytime-of-day cup of coffee. One note though, it's very temperature sensitive. I did my review with a water temperature of 200 degrees instead of the normal 204 degrees. The higher water temperature brought out more brightness than I prefer. 

Rated 94


For more information on the Buna Mobile Roasting Company, check out their website at http://liquidlifefundraisers.bigcartel.com/

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Samuel Adams Rebel Grapefruit IPA

I've been told more than once that beer reviews should be added to this blog. While I don't consider myself an expert on beer, I have consumed more than my fair share over the years. 

With that, I'm not going to rate them other than a "thumbs up" or "thumbs down" and pass along what I find. With any luck you will find this information useful. 


Samuel Adams Rebel Grapefruit IPA 
Alcohol content: 6.3%
IBU: 52
Color: Amber

This was a very nice beer. It poured out a nearly transparent amber color with a thin, white head and a big, slightly hoppy, citrus aroma that really pops.

The mouthfeel was a well balanced light and bright with a sweetness underneath that nearly cancels out the bitterness. Flavor wise, you can actually taste the sweet grapefruit and there's a nice slightly bitter grapefruit aftertaste that hangs around until the next sip. 

Overall I found the Samuel Adams Rebel Grapefruit IPA to be clean and refreshing, near perfect summer beer for my palate. 

Rated




Cigar Train Anniversary And Customer Appreciation Event

On Sunday, Cigar Train in Spokane WA had their 3rd anniversary and customer appreciation event. 

As a big side note, I wasn't feeling well on Sunday so consequently Paula and I had to leave early. Along with that I didn't get any photos, head-counts or any of the other normal details. With no details I did Brian Coerver--owner of Cigar Train--a bit of injustice, but regardless the event really deserves a post. 

OK, on to the event! 

The event itself featured a vast array of fine cigars, some great food (hamburgers, hot dogs and salads) and cold drinks (beer--Cigar Train beer--water and sodas). 

The highlight of the event was taking the new Caldwell Cigars Eastern Standard Maduro Midnight Express for a spin and trying two great Cigar Train beers. Yes, I said Cigar Train Beer. I haven't been told officially, and I'm not sure why, but Cigar Train now is now brewing it's own beer. Both beers, one a hearty coffee based stout, the other a lighter summer ale, were fantastic. I'll try sitting down with Brian this week so I can report the full details. 

In my opinion, Cigar Train hosted another fantastic event and I wany to say thank you!

Thank you Cigar Train!

Plus, at this time I would like to announce you will be seeing more beer related posts in this blog.



Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Cigar Product Review: Screwpop® Ashtray

Right now I'm feeling pretty fortunate that after posting the press releaseScrewpop® Tools asked me to review the newest addition to their line of cool, personal tools, the  Screwpop® Ashtray. I've been using the ashtray for several days now, infact I'm using it right now as I type this review, and it works like a champ. 

Since the ashtray is geared for a single smoker, measuring just 1.25″ x 4” x 5″, it fits my needs most of the time and takes up far less table space than my other ashtrays. It's compact and light weight -- it's made from high grade melamine. The size and weight make ashtray easy to move around as I chase the shade on the deck all day long. 

Looking inside the ashtray you'll see it even has a nifty little ash knocker that I didn't think I would, but do find myself using all the time. 

At the end of the day a quick wash and dry will get the Screwpop® Ashtray looking like it's brand new again. 

To sum things up, the Screwpop® Ashtray is my new favorite personal cigar ashtray. It's convenient to use, it's light weight and it just looks good sitting here on the table as I type. Plus, I tried it with everything from a Lancero to Gordo and it handle every size with ease. Well done Screwpop® Tools!

Head over to screwpoptool.com and check it out and while you're there, check out the other great items they sell. 

Rated 99


As a side note the Screwpop® 2.0 cigar punch is included in the picture. I reviewed their punch almost two years ago and it's punched hundreds of cigars and even popped open a few beers. It still works as well today as it did right out of the box. 

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Screwpop® Introduces The World’s First “Cigar Centric” Ashtray



Screwpop® Ashtray keeps your cigar in the spotlight and your stogie in the sweet-spot for a most unique and pleasant cigar smoking experience!
 
By simply orienting the cigar perpendicular to the smoker (longways facing), the Screwpop® Ashtray showcases the stogie in “presentational form”. You can now admire, enjoy and monitor your stogie between puffs: tobacco leaf, label design, burn, ash and rising smoke.

Geared for a single smoker (but don’t be fooled), its compactness allows for several  Screwpop® Ashtrays  to fit comfortably on a table. Ideal for casual group smoking, parties and business meetings… it’s sure to impress!

The  Screwpop® Ashtray  includes an ingenious “ash knocker” (for clearing the cigar-foot before relight). It also offers a well-placed tapered slot (shown front) for cigarillo enthusiasts alike.  Even use the Cigar Rest as a place to put cutters, punches or lighters after smoking a gar.

Made from ultra durable matte-finished (solid) melamine, the Screwpop® Ashtray  is sure to be your new favorite cigar smoking accessory!

Material – High grade Melamine (black)

Size – 1.25″ x 4” x 5″
Weight – 8oz
Patent Pending


For more information visit screwpoptool.com

Monday, July 18, 2016

Royal Agio releases Balmoral Añejo XO Gran Toro, Corona, and Limited Edition Balmoral Añejo XO Lancero FT

DUIZEL, Netherlands – Royal Agio announced today that they would be releasing the Balmoral Añejo XO Gran Toro, Balmoral Añejo XO Corona and the limited edition Balmoral Añejo XO Lancero FT. The cigars will be displayed in Drew Estate’s booth (Booth #2403) at the IPCPR Convention and Tradeshow held July 24 – 28, 2016 in Las Vegas Nevada.

Exactly one year after a wildy successful introduction to the United States Market, the Balmoral Añejo XO Gran Toro (6 x 52 & $10,50) and Balmoral Añejo XO Corona (5 7/8 x 42 & $8.95) join the Balmoral Añejo XO core brand family including the Rothschild Masivo (5 x 55), Torpedo Mk52 (6 ¼ x 52), and Petit Robusto FT (4 ¼ x 48).  

In late 2015 Boris Wintermans, CEO of Royal Agio Cigars, assembled the companies first ever International Media Summit in Belgium prior to the Intertabac Tradeshow in Dortmund, Germany. Media included representatives from Cigar Snob Magazine, Cigars & Spirits Magazine, Cigar Press Magazine, Cigars & Leisure Magazine, Tobacconist Magazine, Halfwheel, Cigar Federation, Stogie Guys, and Stogie Review. Boris noted, “This was a historical occasion for our company as we fine tune our craft for the United States market. I think its suffice to say we had a great bit of fun, and that writers and bloggers can really put some Westvleteren down, but I wouldn’t recommend any of their talents at Karaoke for sure.”

The company is extremely excited to announce the Balmoral Añejo XO Lancero FT (7 x 40 & $12.95), which will have a total production of 1,250 boxes of 10 cigars, of which 500 boxes will be allocated to the United States Market. The FT stands for the companies signature Flag Tail, and is encased in a Brazilian Arapiraca wrapper, with Dominican Olor binder, and Nicaraguan, Brazilian and Dominican fillers. When asked about the size and blend, Boris noted, “We took a great deal of feedback during the Media Summit and heard repeatedly that the participants wanted to see a limited edition like a Lancero, but also loved our Flag Tail. 

We have currently 4 pairs at our factory in San Pedro de Macoris, in the south of the Dominican Republic. Our roleros and buncheros are extremely versatile working within the Balmoral line at our boutique factory, however to fit the amount of leaves into a 7 x 40 Lancero FT presents a unique challenge to our artisans. If you collect Lancero releases, and love Brazilian tobacco as much as we do you will surely enjoy this limited edition.” 

Fans of Balmoral are encouraged to download Drew Diplomat the official mobile application for Balmoral which is now available in the App Store for iPhone®, and iPod Touch® and on Google Play™ for Android™. For more information head to http://drewdiplomat.com 

About Royal Agio Cigars

Royal Agio Cigars is one of the world’s leading cigar manufacturers, offering brands such as MEHARI’S, PANTER, and BALMORAL. Founded in Holland in 1904, Royal Agio Cigars is still a family business (4th generation) and has grown to become a top 5 player globally with its own production locations in Sri Lanka, Belgium, and the Dominican Republic where the company’s flagship brand Balmoral Añejo is produced. Drew Estate exclusively distributes MEHARI’S, PANTER, and BALMORAL in the United States. 

About Drew Estate

Founded in New York City in 1996, Drew Estate has become one of the fastest growing tobacco companies in the world. Under their mantra “The Rebirth of Cigars”TM, Drew Estate has led the “Boutique Cigar” movement by innovating new elements to the tobacco industry with their unique tobaccos and blending styles that have attracted new and traditional cigar enthusiasts. In their Gran Fabrica Drew Estate, the Nicaraguan headquarters, Drew Estate produces a variety of brands such as ACID, Herrera Estelí, Herrera Estelí Norteño, Kentucky Fired Cured, Liga Privada, MUWAT, Natural by Drew Estate, Nica Rustica, Nirvana, Pappy Van Winkle Barrel Fermented Cigars, Tabak Especial, Undercrown, and Java by Drew Estate.

Debonaire House to Release Limited Edition Debonaire Cornus in Habano and Maduro Blends

Santiago, Dominican Republic – Debonaire House announced today the release of the Limited Production Debonaire Cornus in Habano and Maduro blends. The cigars will be displayed in Drew Estate’s booth (Booth #2403) at the IPCPR Convention and Tradeshow held July 24-28, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada. 

Debonaire House, makers of Debonaire Cigars and Indian Motorcycle Cigars entered into a distribution agreement with Drew Estate earlier this year. The Debonaire Cornus Habano (6 x 46) features a Nicaraguan Habano wrapper, over binder from the Dominican Republic with Dominican and Nicaraguan fillers. The Debonaire Cornus Maduro (6 x 46) features a Broadleaf Maduro wrapper, over binder from the Dominican Republic with Dominican and Nicaraguan Fillers. Each blend is limited to 5,000 boxes of 10 with a per stick MSRP of $12.95 and will be produced at the De Los Reyes factory in the Dominican Republic. 

When asked about the limited edition, Founder of Debonaire House, Phil Zanghi III noted “Our products are the culmination of 20 years of personal research in Tobacco Alchemy. The Ultra Premium Debonaire Brand spares no expense to deliver a one-of-a-kind smoke that at its heart purveys the Debonaire Ideal. If you have come to love the Debonaire brand you are surely going to enjoy this limited edition size.”

Fans of Debonaire Ultra Premium Cigars are encouraged to download Drew Diplomat the official mobile application of Debonaire House which is now available in the App Store for iPhone®, and iPod Touch® and on Google Play™ for Android™. For more information head to http://drewdiplomat.com

About Debonaire House 

Debonaire Ultra Premium Cigars were intimately developed out of the passion to experience the perfect cigar at the hand of Philip S. Zanghi III, founder of Indian Tobacco® Cigar Company and Daniel Sinclair founder of Durfort Holdings® in USA. We incorporate the finest, darkest, air cured tobacco from the most superior tobacco crops of Central America and Dominican Republic. Our gourmet tobacco is blended to perfection with the highest attention to detail so that the rich history of the past can be savored in the present. Debonaire® Ultra Premium Cigars are exclusively available to reputable trusted tobacco merchants preserving the brand for many years to come.

About Drew Estate

Founded in New York City in 1996, Drew Estate has become one of the fastest growing tobacco companies in the world. Under their mantra “The Rebirth of Cigars”TM, Drew Estate has led the “Boutique Cigar” movement by innovating new elements to the tobacco industry with their unique tobaccos and blending styles that have attracted new and traditional cigar enthusiasts. In their Gran Fabrica Drew Estate, the Nicaraguan headquarters, Drew Estate produces a variety of brands such as ACID, Herrera Estelí, Herrera Estelí Norteño, Kentucky Fired Cured, Liga Privada, MUWAT, Natural by Drew Estate, Nica Rustica, Nirvana, Pappy Van Winkle Barrel Fermented Cigars, Tabak Especial, Undercrown, and Java by Drew Estate.

NEW FDA RULING WILL CRIPPLE THE CIGAR INDUSTRY AND COULD CREATE A NATIONAL SECURITY THREAT

Ruling would put newer manufactures out of business and have devastating effects on Central America and the Caribbean

Fort Lauderdale, FL - The FDA's new ruling against the Cigar Industry will have devastating effects on cigar manufacturing, could leave more than 400,000 people unemployed in Central America, particularly single mothers that work in the fields.  It could also increase the drug trade with the United States.  It could result in significant job loss in the U.S.

"The companies greatest at risk for losing their business as a result of this ruling are the smaller manufacturers that have been established since 2007," said Kaizad Hansotia, the CEO of Gurkha Cigars.  "It is unjust for them to lose their livelihood and for their businesses to be destroyed by a regulation that was never even intended for premium cigars."

Hansotia is leading the charge to build awareness on the devastating effects of this ruling. The FDA ruling would put the same rigorous review on premium cigars that it has on cigarettes.  It was initially intended for the regulation of smokeless tobacco products such as vapes that market to children and is addictive.  Premium cigars were then rolled in much to the disappointment and surprise of Congress on both sides of the aisle. Premium cigars are not addictive, as they are not inhaled, celebratory and artisanal in nature.  In an industry where the average price of a cigar is more than the price of a whole box of cigarettes, teens aren't rushing to cigar shops to get their hand on the latest cigar.

The most damaging item in the ruling included new products.  Cigar lovers eagerly wait for and enjoy new and exciting blends.  This new item would require product verification and government approval prior to release.  Manufactures would have to put in applications for review of all cigars.  New cigars cannot be sold until the application has been approved.  Existing cigars can continue to be sold for 12 months of the application being reviewed, but if in 12 months the FDA has not had time to approve it, sales must cease.  The issue is that there is a notorious backlog in the FDA and, because of the artisanal nature and unique blends of cigars, it is estimated to result in more than 40,000 new applications.

"If you were in business after 2007 the FDA can shut you down.  How can the US government shut down a business based solely on an arbitrary start date of operation?" said Hansotia.   "This ruling is punitive and goes against the principles of capitalism and what that the US represents."

The FDA is not receiving any new budget or operational growth to deal with the demand so in essence you will see many cigars simply being pulled off the shelf.  In addition, the ruling is incomplete, as the FDA has not addressed the cost for HPHC testing.  It is expected that the cost be astronomical and will put several small manufactures out of business.  The FDA has not issued any guidance on the matter.  

Small farms throughout Central America have enjoyed the twice a year harvest that a cash crop such as tobacco allows.  Eliminating this steady and lucrative source of income could force farmers to grow other crops with similar harvests such as coca leaves and marijuana to sustain themselves versus crops with longer growth cycles and smaller paydays.

"The US has been working with and subsidizing farms in Peru and Bolivia to get rid of these illegal crops and grow other things," said Hansotia.   "This ruling will have an adverse effect and force countries that have not been involved in the drug trade to consider it as an option."

The ambassadors of several countries in Central America have issued pleas to the White House against the rulings and the U.S. Small Business Administration went on record saying that the economic impact of the ruling has been severely underestimated.  The mayors of the cities of Miami and Tampa have also sent economic impact letters to the White House.

"The FDA has by and large ignored Congress, the US Small Business Administration, Ambassadors of Central America and local government in truly assessing the far reaching effects of this regulation," said Hansotia.  "It is evident that the cost far outweighs any benefits it is providing specifically when discussing premium cigars."

The FDA has not thoroughly thought through the ramification and the devastating effects for an industry and the country.  It will not stop the smoking of cigars, which is largely celebratory in nature but what it will do is put legitimate and upstanding small manufactures out of business.

The International Headquarters of Gurkha Cigars quietly carries on a century-old tradition of excellence by bringing the finest cigars to connoisseurs from its beautifully appointed facility in South Florida. Gurkha is a must have for any cigar smoker. Be advised, once you try these most alluring of all sensations and taste, you can never go back to smoking anything else. It truly is the nectar of the gods. For additional information, visit www.gurkhacigars.com.

Thursday, July 14, 2016

JORDAN ALEXANDER III CIGARS ANNOUNCES NEWEST LINE, ANTHRACITE


Dalton, PA - Jordan Alexander III Premium Cigar Company (JA3 Cigars) officially announces the release of their newest line, Anthracite. This new line is expected to ship in late Summer, 2016. It comes as the second full production line by Jordan Alexander III Cigars, with a current portfolio housing the JA3 Corojo which is available in four vitolas.

The Anthracite line is a tribute to the coal mining history of JA3 Cigars’ home of Northeastern Pennsylvania. The vast majority of Anthracite coal is found along veins in Pennsylvania, specifically in the Scranton area. Scranton’s area has a very rich mining history with many of the breakers and production houses still intact as landmarks.

Anthracite is one of the oldest, darkest, hardest, and purest varieties of coal in the world. JA3 Cigars’ Anthracite has been designed from this template. “We’ve chosen a blend that honors the dark coal and the pure ash it leaves behind by using a rich Mexican San Andres wrapper and a blend that burns with a solid, white and grey ash,” the company said.

Jordan Alexander III Cigars gives appreciation to the Pennsylvania Anthracite Heritage Museum and Lackawanna Coal Mine Tour for access to their museum and materials in the early stages of this process. “Our hometown is incredibly important to the JA3 brand,” the owners of JA3 Cigars state. “We’re very proud of where we come from and are excited to honor its history with this line. The Anthracite Heritage Museum showed us the incredible history that built the Scranton area, and we’re very thankful for their help and continued efforts in preserving and promoting our region’s past.”

Like the JA3 Corojo, Anthracite is manufactured by Quesada Cigars in Santiago, Dominican Republic. It is constructed using a Mexican San Andres wrapper, a Dominican binder, and Dominican Criollos & Nicaraguan filler. The Anthracite will be available in three vitolas; The Marvin (5x52), The Avondale (4.5x60), and The Bellevue (6.5x48). The names have been inspired by the coal breakers in the Northeastern Pennsylvania region.

The MSRPs for the Anthracite line are: $8 Marvin (Robusto), $8.25 Bellevue (Lonsdale Grande), $8.50 Avondale (Robusto Gordo). Anthracite comes in 18-count boxes.

The Anthracite is currently available to all retailers for pre-order. Pre-launch deliveries are available for Pennsylvania shops.

For more information, please visit JA3Cigars.com and follow JA3 on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter @JA3Cigars.

Contact: Sales@JordanAlexanderIII.com - 1-855-216-3349

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

GURKHA CIGARS TO SHOWCASE FIVE NEW BLENDS AND SIZES


2016 International Premium Cigar & Pipe Retailers Show

Fort Lauderdale, FL -
Known throughout the world for making the finest premium cigars, Gurkha Cigars' CEO Kaizad Hansotia understands that change is paramount in the cigar business and it's critical for growth to develop new brands. Now, just in time for the 2016 International Premium Cigar & Pipe Retailers trade show, IPCPR, Gurkha has released five new blended cigars and sizes that are expected to become blockbusters. They are the Gurkha Heritage, Ghost, Cellar Reserve 21 Year, Pam American and the Jubilee.

Gurkha Heritage: Adding to the original Heritage Collection, Gurkha's new Maduro will come in three flavorful sizes: a Robusto (5 x 55, $7.99), Toro (6.5 x 52, $8.99) and a new Robusto Corto, which measures 4.5 x 48. It has a Mexican San Andreas Wrapper and retails for $5.  It's packaged in boxes of 24.

Ghost: Gurkha's Ghost Collection is adding a pair of two new sizes in the Figurado shape to its sleek and alluring line. The Spooky is a 4 x 60 with an MSRP of $7 and the Phantom is a 5 x 58 size with a MSRP of $8. Both cigars come in a 21-count box and will be packed without the tubes.
  
Cellar Reserve 21 Year: Adding to the majestic Cellar Reserve anthology, Gurkha is unveiling three new sizes of their 21-year Cellar Reserve. These cigars have a Connecticut shade Wrapper with 21-year-aged Dominican binder and filler. It is available in limited production. Sizes include the Solara 5 x 58 with a MSRP of $13, Hedonism 6 x 58 with a MSRP of $15 and the Kraken 6 x 60 with an MSRP of $16.50. 

Pan American: Gurkha is unveiling its new Pan American cigar. This new line comes in one size; the XO at 6 x 60 with a Connecticut Wrapper, Nicaraguan Binder and Filler. It retails for $9.50 and is sold in boxes of 25.

Jubilee: The Jubilee is a 6 x 58 Toro Vitola with an aged Ecuadorian Habano wrapper and Nicaraguan binder and filler. The Jubilee is specially packaged in a 10-count limited edition humidor. It retails for $20.
  
Gurkha Cigars are known throughout the world as the Rolls Royce of cigars, so it's no surprise that they are the most sought-after cigars in the market. Gurkha produces eight million cigars per year that are sold in more than 58 countries worldwide. And while Gurkha is known for its exclusivity, it has an impressive array of 105 brands of flawlessly handcrafted, premium cigars created 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. For additional information, visit www.gurkhacigars.com.


Friday, July 8, 2016

Rick Ardito to Join Foundation Cigar Company as Executive Brand Manager for THE UPSETTERS

Southbury, CT – July 8, 2016  - Rick Ardito has officially joined Foundation Cigar Company as Brand Manager, for the highly anticipated July 2016 release of Nick Melillo’s exciting new brand, “The Upsetters.”  Ardito brings a wealth of knowledge and valuable experience to the project backed by nearly two decades of industry experience beginning with Drew Estate in 1997, retiring in 2010 as both a Partner and Executive Vice President of Public Relations. Ardito also served as Vice President of Sales and Marketing for 7-20-4 Cigar Company from 2012-2015. Prior to the cigar industry Ardito served 8 years as a Cryptologist for the United States Marine Corps. Upon leaving the Corps Ardito began a career in comedy performing mainly from NYC to Miami Florida, residing in both cities during the 1980’s and 1990’s, moving back to his home state of CT in 1995 becoming a successful Restaurateur in New Haven. 

“I’ve garnered invaluable experience directing and managing sales for Drew Estate during the companies’ first ten years and look forward to integrating this expertise into The Upsetter’s brand and the brand’s distribution arrangement with Miami. My philosophy has never changed and focuses primarily upon ensuring that I’m doing my part to insert excitement and positive regard into the equation.  The Upsetters is a highly unique product and I’m certain it will grow legs quickly. I am committed to ensuring that, beginning with Jason Wood, and on down through the Miami sales staff, that I am supremely present and ready to serve the team. Above all I am committed to ensuring that everyone involved is having fun, because if ‘fun’ is ever present, then so will ongoing sales.” Rick Ardito.

“I first met Rick while working at the Calabash Shoppee in 1997 and we instantly became friends.”  Says Nicholas Melillo, President of Foundation Cigar Co.  “I am beyond excited to have Rick on board and leading The Upsetters with Miami Cigar Company.  Rick brings an amazing energy and work ethic which makes him a perfect addition to the Foundation team.”

A practicing Metaphysician, Rick has recently completed a memoir, which is set for publication in October 2017.  “I am exceedingly excited to come on board and work with Nick, who I’ve considered a full blown tobacco genius since first meeting him in 1997, and Dave Sather, who’s authenticity as a person and a professional rivals that of Nick’s. “

The exotic nature of the Nick’s visionary-enhanced Upsetters brand is right up my alley and my expectations for the brands complete success are very high.

For Ordering information please contact –


1-800-643-7209


About Foundation Cigar Company

Foundation Cigar Company was formed by Nicholas Melillo in June of 2015 and debuted El Güegüense , The Wise Man, at the IPCPR in July of that year.   Melillo has lived in Nicaragua since 2003 and has blended some of the top cigars in the industry including Liga Privada #9, T52,  and Nica Rustica to name a few…  Melillo formed Foundation Cigar Company to bring top quality premium cigars to connoisseurs around the world.

Follow Foundation Cigar Company


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Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Miami Cigar Co. to Distribute the Highly Anticipated Upsetters brand by Foundation Cigar Co.


“I want to put Jamaica back on the map for premium tobacco.” —Nicholas Melillo


Southbury, CT July 5th, 2016 - Nicholas Melillo, owner of Foundation Cigar Company formally announces the appointment of Miami Cigar Company as the Exclusive Distributor for the long awaited UPSETTERS brand set for release just prior to the 2016 IPCPR Show in Las Vegas.


Founded by Nestor and Mariana Miranda in 1989, Miami Cigar has become one of the premier distributors of premium cigars boasting a portfolio, which includes Tatiana, Don Lino and the Nestor Miranda brands. Miami Cigar & Co. also serves as exclusive United States distributor for La Aurora, S.A. and all Viva Republica brands.

The Upsetters

Miami Cigar President, Jason Wood- “We could not be happier to be introducing this innovative product to the market. Upsetters is the perfect addition to our portfolio and we can not wait to release this product in the US.”


Foundation Cigar Company was formed by Nicholas Melillo in June of 2015 and debuted El Gueguense, The Wise Man, at the IPCPR in July of that year. Melillo has lived in Nicaragua since 2003 and has blended some of the top cigars in the industry including Liga Privada #9, T52 and Nica Rustica to name a few. Melillo formed Foundation Cigar Company to bring top quality premium cigars to connoisseurs around the world.

 “The Upsetters is possibly my most exciting and thought out product to date, and for a variety of reasons, says Melillo. By using both Jamaican and Nicaraguan filler leaf, the brand pays deference to the ancient historic relationship between Jamaica and Nicaragua when the two were geologically connected by a land bridge known as the Nicaraguan Rise.”

 “The Upsetters as well pays homage to the earliest known origins of tobacco cultivation and use, where the blending process originally included the infusion methods that incorporated ancient Caribbean herbs into the leaves.”

 “Finally, The Upsetters persona informs Jamaica’s interesting history of hailing to the underdog-the anti-hero who battles against the odds. The Upsetters, stir things up. They are the rude boys who, in the 1960’s watched old spaghetti westerns and identified with gunslingers like Django and films like “A Fistful of Dollars.” Upsetters created reggae music, fought tyranny, battled Goliath-and smoked old-style Jamaican cigars. What a perfect fit given our industries’ current legislative climate.” 

  “We are anticipating rapid interest and growth with The Upsetters brand, and I’m confident that the already in-place and highly professional Miami Sales and Distribution infrastructure will spread the brand evenly with brick-and-mortars coast to coast. Above and beyond Miami’s involvement, I am supremely excited to announce the appointment of a Brand Manager for the Upsetters next week.

The Upsetters brand will be offered in 8 sizes, and will retail from $5-$12 per stick.

    5 x 54 - Django - Nicaraguan and Jamaican Fillers - Claro Wrapper
    4 1/2 x 40 - Small Ax - Nicaraguan and Jamaican Fillers - Claro Wrapper
    6 x 60 - The Original Rude Boy - Nicaraguan and Jamaican Fillers - Maduro Wrapper
    4 1/2 x 38 x 54 Torpedo - The Skipper - Nicaraguan and Jamaican Fillers - Claro Wrapper
    4 1/2 x 38 x 54 Torpedo - Para El Sapo - Nicaraguan and Jamaican Fillers - Candela
    Wrapper
    6 x 52 – ZOLA – Nicaraguan and Jamaican Fillers - Maduro
    7 x 48 - Rock Steady - Nicaraguan and Jamaican Fillers - Claro Wrapper
    4 x 32 - SKA - Nicaraguan and Jamaican Fillers - Claro Wrapper

The cigars will be produced in a un-disclosed factory in Esteli, Nicaragua especially for the brand. 

For Ordering information please contact – 
Miami Cigar Company
1-800-643-7209 
2533 NW 74th Ave.
Miami, FL 33122 

IPCPR Las Vegas Booth #413  

About Miami Cigar & Co. 

Founded by Nestor and Mariana Miranda, Miami Cigar & Co. has become one of the premier distributors of premium cigars boasting a portfolio which includes Tatiana, Don Lino and the Nestor Miranda brands. Miami Cigar &Co. also serves as the exclusive United States distributor for La Aurora, S.A and all Viva Republica brands.

Follow Miami Cigar & Company on Social Media here: Facebook: Miami Cigar & Company, Instagram: MiamiCigar, Hashtag: #OneLife


CONTACT:
Foundation Cigar Company
436 Judd Road
Southbury, CT 06488
+1 (888) 507-1098

** IPCPR LAS VEGAS Booth 3447 **

About Foundation Cigar Company

Foundation Cigar Company was formed by Nicholas Melillo in June of 2015 and debuted El Güegüense , The Wise Man, at the IPCPR in July of that year.   Melillo has lived in Nicaragua since 2003 and has blended some of the top cigars in the industry including Liga Privada #9, T52,  and Nica Rustica to name a few…  Melillo formed Foundation Cigar Company to bring top quality premium cigars to connoisseurs around the world. 



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Baracoa Cigar Company Announces Launch of “The Voyage” a Premium Cigar Hand Rolled in the Dominican Republic


Cigar enthusiasts have good reason to be excited.  A new boutique cigar manufacturer Baracoa Cigar Company is set to release their first line, with a full dedication to providing the highest levels of quality and service.  The company has celebrated their debut, with the release of “The Voyage” a premium hand rolled cigar manufactured by La Aurora factory using some of the finest tobacco available.

 Many people would argue a great cigar is one of life's true pleasures.  In fact, in the Americas it's a tradition that has begun even before the United States saw its first day.  This makes the expectations of quality among American cigar smokers quite high and their passion for cigars close to unmatched.  Stepping up to answer this call is the Maryland-based, Baracoa Cigar Company, a new boutique cigar manufacturer who recently announced their launch of their first brand, after years of research, trial and preparation.  The brand celebrated their launch with the announcement that their first cigar “The Voyage”, an expertly hand crafted cigar, which is already the subject of passionate discussion, for its combination of quality and very attractive price point.

 “I am excited to finally be able to share with you, what my passion for this industry has lead me to create,” commented Danny Vazquez, Founder of Baracoa Cigar Company.  “This cigar has been a long time in the making, and I am hoping to be able to make this an everyday cigar for you.  We believe in our slogan 'Never Settle' 100% and we hope our customers do too.”

“The Voyage” will be released in a 5x50 Robusto and a 5 ½ x 54 Toro vitola, sold in boxes of 20.  It features a 2011 Dominican Corojo wrapper. Ecuadorian binder, Nicaraguan and Dominican filler and is hand rolled at the La Aurora factory in the Dominican Republic.

According to Vazquez, the name of “The Voyage” was inspired by the adventures and attitude of Christopher Columbus himself. 

Vazquez remarked, “In 1492 Christopher Columbus set out to change the world, by defying conventional thinking and believing that earth was round, and that he could find new travel routes around the globe.  Along his journey he landed on the east coast of Cuba, where the city of what is now known today as Baracoa, stands proudly today.  This cigar was created, not to acknowledge the discovery of the new world, but to celebrate the courage it took to take that Voyage and defy the odds. Which is exactly my experience in diving in to the cigar industry.  So I ask you to take 'The Voyage' and discover Baracoa Cigar Company.  Our mission is to NEVER SETTLE, especially when others claim it can't be done.”

This drive is off to a strong start with “The Voyage” receiving very enthusiastic early feedback.

For more information, be sure to visit http://www.baracoacigarco.com.

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Drew Diplomat Event Series Kicks Off


Drew Diplomat Event Series kicks off with the Liga Privada Unico Serie Velvet Rat and at a Drew Diplomat Retailer near you!

Miami, FL – Drew Estate announced today the launch of the Drew Diplomat Event Series, an event tour that makes stops across the United States at Drew Diplomat Retailers. The final stop of this tour will take place on August 6, 2016 at the second annual Connecticut Barn Smoker, held on the same Connecticut River Valley farm that produces the wrapper for Drew Estate’s Liga Privada No. 9 and Liga Privada T52 cigars.

The Liga Privada Unico Serie Velvet Rat is presented in a 6 ¼ x 46 Lonsdale vitola, featuring the iconic fan tail featured on many Unico Serie Cigars. The cigar features a Connecticut Broadleaf “High” Mediums Wrapper, with a Plantation Sungrown Brazilian Mata Fina Binder and filler leaves from Nicaragua and Honduras. In total, 5,000 Velvet Rats were produced in January 2015, and have since been at La Gran Fabrica Drew Estate aging in the companies cold rooms. The cigar was previously released in October of 2012 at Tesa Cigars, limited to 100 bundles of 10, and at the first annual Connecticut River Valley Barnsmoker last August.

From Jonathan Drew’s Wynwood Safe House, he stated that, "fellowship is at the cornerstone of Drew culture, and now that we are over 5,000 members on DIPS, we wanted to do something extra-ordinary for you guys.  Over the last five years, peeps keep asking about snagging some Velvets. With this momentous Diplomat achievement, we wanted to get ya'll something bangin."

Drew Estate fans who are members of the Drew Diplomat Mobile App Program will also be eligible to receive an exclusive Liga Privada Unico Serie Velvet Rat when they make a qualifying promotional purchase at a Drew Estate event in Drew Diplomat Retailers between now and August 6, 2016, while supplies last. The Drew Diplomat mobile application launched on June 3, 2016 and is available on the App Store for iPhone® and iPod Touch® and on Google Play™ for Android™.

Jessi Flores, Director of Subculture Studios, dedicated a commemorative graffiti mural at De la Esquina de los Bancos media cuadra al Oeste in Esteli, Nicaragua, in honor of the first 5,000 Drew Diplomat Members. 

Jessi, also known as 'Victims', under his street art alias, mentioned that, “This mural is a process that is going to take the summer to complete. We started off with the Diplomat logo and added our unique techniques. We are dropping a Velvet Rat on the wall to compliment the Guardabarranco, the bird that represents our Country. We are proud to see Nicaragua play such a pivotal role in the Diplomat program."

President of Drew Estate, Michael Cellucci stated. “One of the main goals of creating Drew Diplomat was to connect our Drew Estate final consumers to the Retailers who have stood behind our premium cigars for so many years. Now, with the "Drew Diplomat Rewards Program" we are truly effective from both the on-line and in-store avenues.  It's a fun and effective approach to show appreciation to the Drew Estate extended family." 
Events that are currently scheduled at Drew Diplomat Retailers between today and August 6, 2016 are listed below. Drew Estate representatives will be present at the events to help answer any questions related to setting up the app on their mobile devices.

  • 06/28/2016 – The Beer Sellar in Newport, KY from 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM
  • 06/29/2016 – Tobacco Road Outlet in Fayetteville, NC from 3:00 PM – 6:00 PM
  • 06/29/2016 – Blend Bar and Cigar in Indianapolis, IN from 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM
  • 06/29/2016 – Fort Orange Club in Albany, NY from 5:00 PM – 9:00 PM
  • 06/29/2016 – Humidor Fine Cigars & Wine in Dothan, AL from 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM
  • 06/29/2016 – ABC Fine Wine & Spirits in Orlando, FL from 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
  • 06/30/2016 – Cigar Club in Modesto, CA from 4:00 PM – 8:00 PM
  • 06/30/2016 – Up Down Tobacco in Chicago, IL from 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM
  • 06/30/2016 – Brookelyn Premium Cigars in Wilmington, NC from 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM
  • 06/30/2016 – Superior Smoke Shoppes in Natrona Heights, PA from 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM
  • 06/30/2016 – Brennans in Taunton, MA from 6:00 PM – 10:00 PM
  • 06/30/2016 – ABC Fine Wine & Spirits in Hudson, FL from 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
  • 07/01/2016 – Tobacco Road Outlet in Fuquay Varina, NC from 12:00 PM – 3:00 PM
  • 07/01/2016 – Aficionado’s Premium Cigars in Coral Springs, FL from 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM
  • 07/02/2016 – Three J’s in Davie, FL from 12:00 PM – 3:00 PM
  • 07/02/2016 – East End Cigar Co in Myrtle Beach, SC from 1:00 PM – 6:00 PM
  • 07/05/2016 – Tinderbox in Myrtle Beach, SC from 5:00 PM – 9:00 PM
  • 07/06/2016 – Five Points Cigar Shop & Lounge in Athens, GA from 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM
  • 07/07/2016 – Pars & Cigars in West Des Moines, IA from 4:00 PM – 7:00 PM
  • 07/07/2016 – Jungle Jims in Fairfield, OH from 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM
  • 07/08/2016 – Smoker Friendly in Pittsburgh, PA from 2:00 PM – 5:00 PM
  • 07/08/2016 – Aphelion Cigar in Gambrills, MD from 5:00 PM – 9:00 PM
  • 07/09/2016 – Cascade Cigar & Tobacco in Happy Valley, OR from 1:00 PM – 6:00 PM
  • 07/09/2016 – Allegheny Smokeworks in Pittsburgh, PA from 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM
  • 07/09/2016 – Buttheads Tobacco Emporium in Danbury, CT from 12:00 PM – 4:00 PM
  • 07/09/2016 – Hawaii Prince Hotel in Honolulu, HI from 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM
  • 07/09/2016 – Havana Mix Cigar Emporium in Memphis, TN from 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM
  • 07/09/2016 – En Fuego Tobacco Shop in Rockwall, TX from 2:00 PM – 6:00 PM
  • 07/11/2016 – Cup O Joes in Queensbury, NY from 12:00 PM – 5:00 PM
  • 07/13/2016 – Genuine Tobacco Company in Columbia, PA from 5:00 PM – 9:00 PM
  • 07/13/2016 – Park Avenue Club in Florham, NJ from 6:00 PM – 10:00 PM
  • 07/14/2016 – Cigar Box in Midwest City, OK from 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM
  • 07/14/2016 – Cigars and More in Bakersfield, CA 3:00 PM – 8:00 PM
  • 07/14/2016 – Davidus Cigars in Baltimore, MD from 5:00 PM – 9:00 PM
  • 07/14/2016 – La Casa Toledo in Toledo, OH from 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM
  • 07/14/2016 – Tobacco Grove in Maple Grove, MN from 4:00 PM – 10:00 PM
  • 07/15/2016 – The Cigar Box in Broken Arrow, OK from 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM
  • 07/15/2016 – Girouard Vineyards in Tulsa, OK from 7:00 PM – 11:00 PM
  • 07/15/2016 – Old Oak Cigar Shop in Thousand Oaks, CA from 4:00 PM – 9:00 PM
  • 07/15/2016 – Cigars Plus in Wyomissing, PA from 3:00 PM – 7:00 PM
  • 07/15/2016 – West Coast Cigars in San Jose, CA from 5:00 PM – 9:00 PM
  • 07/16/2016 – Planet RYO in Shrewsbury, PA from 2:00 PM – 7:00 PM
  • 07/16/2016 – Three J’s in Davie, FL from 12:00 PM – 3:00 PM
  • 07/17/2016 – Smoke Inn in Boynton Beach, FL from 7:00 PM – 11:00 PM
  • 07/17/2016 – Smokes Wisconsin in Appleton, WI from 5:00 PM – 9:00 PM
  • 07/20/2016 – Dirty Dog Cigar Shoppe in Mckessport, PA from 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM
  • 07/20/2016 – Cigar Loft in San Mateo, CA from 5:00 PM – 9:00 PM
  • 07/20/2016 – Dallas Cigars in Dallas, TX from 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM
  • 07/21/2016 – Cigar Club in Modesto, CA from 4:00 PM – 8:00 PM
  • 07/21/2016 – Cross Street Tobacco in Baltimore, MD from 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM
  • 07/21/2016 – ABC Fine Wine & Spirits in Sarasota, FL from 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
  • 07/21/2016 – Smoker Friendly in Pittsburgh, PA from 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM
  • 07/21/2016 – Bloom Cigar Company in Pittsburgh, PA from 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM
  • 07/22/2016 – Smoke inn in Del Rey Beach, FL from 7:00 PM – 11:00 PM
  • 07/22/2016 – Slow Burns in Baltimore, MD from 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM
  • 07/22/2016 – Tinderbox in Myrtle Beach, SC from 5:00 PM – 9:00 PM
  • 08/02/2016 – Cup O Joes in Queensbury, NY from 12:00 PM – 5:00 PM
  • 08/02/2016 – Smoke Cigar Shop in Bridgeville, PA from 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM
  • 08/02/2016 – Jernigans Cigar Bar Mount in Lebanon, PA from 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
  • 08/03/2016 – ABC Fine Wine & Spirits in St. Augustine, FL from 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
  • 08/04/2016 – Habana Premium Cigar Shop in Albany, NY from 5:00 PM – 9:00 PM
  • 08/05/2016 – Lil Brown Smoke Shack in Yakima, WA from 3:00 PM – 7:00 PM
  • 08/05/2016 – Sid’s Tobacco Store in Memphis, TN from 5:00 PM – 9:00 PM
  • 08/06/2016 – Connecticut River Valley Barn Smoker in South Windsor, CT

To see all Drew Estate events download the new Drew Diplomat app on either Apple App Store or Google Play™ for Android™, visit this link: https://bnc.lt/m/xo5nWDcJyo.

About Drew Estate

Founded in New York City in 1996, Drew Estate has become one of the fastest growing tobacco companies in the world. Under their mantra “The Rebirth of Cigars”TM, Drew Estate has led the “Boutique Cigar” movement by innovating new elements to the tobacco industry with their unique tobaccos and blending styles that have attracted new and traditional cigar enthusiasts. In their Gran Fabrica Drew Estate, the Nicaraguan headquarters, Drew Estate produces a variety of brands such as ACID, Herrera Estelí, Herrera Estelí Norteño, Kentucky Fired Cured, Liga Privada, MUWAT, Natural by Drew Estate, Nica Rustica, Nirvana, Pappy Van Winkle Barrel Fermented Cigars, Tabak Especial, Undercrown, and Java by Drew Estate.

Introducing the all new Cusano Bundle Selection


Cusano Cigars launches new competitively priced bundle selection, adds full-flavored Nicaraguan blend to lineup.

(Pinellas Park, FL – June 2016) To the excitement of aficionados who seek excellent quality at everyday value prices, a new Cusano bundle selection is now available in three outstanding blends, including a new full-flavored Nicaraguan taste offering. The popular Cusano M1 and P1 lines will carryover, but have been repackaged and converted to 16-count bundles units. Manufactured at AgroIndustrias Laepe in Honduras, the Cusano bundle selection lines deliver taste and value that are sure to get your attention.

All Cusano bundle selection blends are offered in three top-selling formats: Robusto (5 x 50), Churchill (7 x 48) and Gordo (6 x 60). With MSRP’s starting at $1.99 per cigar, the trio of new Cusano bundles are competitively priced without sacrificing consistency, quality, or flavor.

N1 NICARAGUA BUNDLES
Cigar Information
Wrapper: Sumatra Binder:  Sumatra
Filler:  Nicaraguan and Dominican tobaccos

Formats:  
Robusto  50 RG x 5” / 2.0 X 12.7 cm  
Churchill  48 RG x 7” / 1.9 X 17.8 cm   
Gordo  60 RG x 6” / 2.3 x 15.2 cm 

Intensity: Medium to full body

Tasting Notes: 
The Cusano N1 Nicaragua has been created to excite fans of the full–flavored earthiness provided by Nicaraguan tobacco. The Sumatra wrapper and binder leaves compliment the robustness of the Nicaragua filler tobaccos to create a richly flavorful, yet smooth taste experience. For those seeking premium Nicaraguan flavor at a great value, Cusano N1 is the smart choice.

P1 MADURO BUNDLES  
Cigar Information 
Wrapper: Mexico 
Binder:  Ecuador Connecticut 
Filler:  Dominican 

Formats:  
Robusto  50 RG x 5” / 2.0 X 12.7 cm   
Churchill  48 RG x 7” / 1.9 X 17.8 cm   
Gordo  60 RG x 6” / 2.3 x 15.2 cm 

Intensity: Medium

Tasting Notes: 
The Cusano P1 Maduro will be sure to please the most dedicated Maduro fans with its exceptional quality at an affordable price. Presented with a dark and oily wrapper leaf from Mexico, this value blend provides a full-flavored, medium-bodied smoking experience with a nice range of sweetness on the palette.

M1 CONNECTICUT BUNDLES 
Cigar Information 
Wrapper: Ecuador Connecticut 
Binder:  Ecuador Connecticut 
Filler:  Dominican 

Formats:  
Robusto  50 RG x 5” / 2.0 X 12.7 cm   
Churchill  48 RG x 7” / 1.9 X 17.8 cm   
Gordo  60 RG x 6” / 2.3 x 15.2 cm 

Intensity: Mild to Medium

Tasting Notes: 
The Cusano M1 Connecticut is crafted to provide all the quality and flavor of a premium cigar offering for only a fraction of the price. This handmade mild and smooth cigar features an outstanding Ecuador Connecticut wrapper and binder with Dominican Republic filler leaves that combine to satisfy any cigar connoisseur’s palette. The value provided by the Cusano M1 Connecticut is sure to get your attention.
  
LAUNCH AND AVAILABILITY  
The new Cusano Bundles selection will be available at premium tobacconist stores in the USA as of June 2016.

Davidoff Cigars To Honor Appointed Merchants With Golden Band Awards


Davidoff Cigars to honor its Appointed Merchants with the Golden Band Awards in Las Vegas, NV 

Ultra-Premium Cigar Brand will introduce a new award and honor top merchants 
  
PINELLAS PARK, FL, JUNE 27, 2015 — Davidoff, the leading luxury premium cigar brand, announces the Fifth Annual Davidoff Golden Band Awards Show nominees, honoring those Appointed Merchants who best embody the Davidoff standard of excellence. The Fifth Annual Awards show will be part of an exclusive Davidoff event on July 26th at IPCPR in Las Vegas, NV. 

This year, Davidoff will introduce a new category, “Canadian Depositaire of the Year“, which will honor the Canadian Appointed Merchant with the highest sales & support of all of the Davidoff of Geneva products. In conjunction with the announcement, the Golden Band Awards website has been revamped featuring this year’s nominees.  

 “The Davidoff Golden Band Awards provide us with an opportunity to recognize our Appointed Merchant network and, in particular, those Appointed Merchants who have really taken their business with Davidoff to the next level.  The success of Davidoff has been made possible through decades of close and longstanding partnerships with trusted merchants. Davidoff has a strong track record of cooperation with its family of retailers to help them grow their businesses, align on best practices and contribute towards the increased growth of the Davidoff brand,” says Jim Young, President of Davidoff North America.  

“The Golden Band Awards provides us the opportunity to say thank you to our Davidoff Appointed Merchants not only for their partnership, but also their support, enthusiasm and commitment to high standards,” emphasizes Richard Krutick, Vice President of Marketing for Davidoff USA.

The Golden Band Awards will honor Appointed Merchants across ten categories:

Best New Appointed Merchant  Nominees:  Tobacco Grove (Maple Grove, MN), Smoker’s Haven (Lincroft, NJ), ZT Cigars (Oklahoma City, OK), Franklin Cigar (Franklin, TN), Fogue & Bates (Tulsa, OK) 

Best Davidoff Merchandising  Nominees:  Just For Him (Springfield, MO), Club Humidor (San Antonio, TX), Tobacco Locker (North Port, FL), Ambassador Fine Cigars (Phoenix, AZ), Franklin Cigar (Franklin, TN)   

Best Davidoff Performance (Single Location) Nominees: Regency Cigar Emporium LLC (East Greenwich, RI), Hemingway (Palo Alto, CA), Blend Bar Cigar (Indianapolis, IN), Tobacconist of Greenwich (Greenwich, CT), Maxamar Cigars (Orange, CA)  

Best Davidoff Performance (Multiple Locations) Nominees: DW International Distributors LLC (Santa Monica, CA), Humidor of Westmont (Westmont, IL), Serious Cigars LLC (Houston, TX), Club Cubano Cigars (Countryside, IL), Ambassador Fine Cigars (Phoenix, AZ)
  
Davidoff Growth Award (Single Location) Nominees: Doc James Tobacco (Shrub Oak, NY), Mission Liquor & Tobacco Inc. (Pasadena, CA),Buckhead Cigar Club LLC (Atlanta, GA), Maxamar Cigars (Orange, CA), Hemingway (Palo Alto, CA) 

Davidoff Growth Award (Multiple Locations) Nominees: Ambassador Fine Cigars (Phoenix, AZ), DW International Distributors LLC (Santa Monica, CA), Smoke Inn (Boynton Beach, FL), Puffs-n-Stuff (Pittsburg, PA), Tinder Box #208 (Charlotte, NC)

Canadian Depostaire of the year Nominees: Nottingham Cigars & Pipes (Sherwood Park, Alberta), Cigar Connoisseurs (Vancouver, BritishColumbia), Vasco (Montreal, Quebec), The Humidor Cigar Company Ltd (Woodbridge, Ontario), Zigarren – A simple Pleasure (Calgary, Alberta) 

Davidoff Appointed Merchant of the Year  Nominees: Doc James Tobacco Inc. (Shrub Oak), Prime Cigar LLC (Boca Raton, FL), Humidor and Lounge (Wichita, KS), Hemingway (Palo Alto, CA), Blend Bar Cigar (Indianapolis, IN) 

The Industry Service Award honorees will not be announced until the evening of the event. This award is presented to the Appointed Merchants that have contributed to sustain the premium cigar industry and to advance the industry’s agenda in legislation, regulation and the community. 

The final award category is the Zino Davidoff Legacy Award, which will be presented to the 

Appointed Merchant who has stood out over the years as the champion of what premium cigars and premium cigar retailing are all about. 

Please visit GoldenBandAwards.com for more information.

Media contact:
Richard Krutick Vice President of Marketing, Davidoff Davidoff of Geneva  727-828-5400 Richard.Krutick@davidoffusa.com davidoff.com | @Davidoff_Cigars | facebook.com/DavidoffCigars1911
  
About Oettinger Davidoff AG
The CHF 1.2 billion Oettinger Davidoff AG, with over 3,500 employees around the world, traces its roots back to 1875 and remains family owned to this day with two distinctly different businesses: one that is focused on FMCG distribution in the Swiss market and one dedicated to the core business of producing, marketing and retailing premium branded cigars, tobacco products and accessories. The premium branded cigar business includes Davidoff, AVO, Camacho, Cusano, Griffin’s, Private Stock, Zino and Zino Platinum. Oettinger Davidoff AG is anchored in a strong “crop-to-shop” philosophy, having pursued a vertical integration from the tobacco fields in the Dominican Republic, Honduras and Nicaragua to the worldwide network of almost 70 Davidoff Flagship Stores. 

Monday, June 27, 2016

Introducing the new Cusano Premium Nicaragua

On the heels of the successful Cusano Dominican range, Oettinger Davidoff launches the new Cusano Nicaragua Estelí line.

(Basel, Switzerland – June 2016)  To delight cigar lovers who are looking for fine quality cigars at great value, Cusano is expanding its premium range with the addition of a new medium-to-full body Nicaragua Estelí line. Blended with fine Nicaraguan and Dominican filler tobaccos and refined with a Negro San Andrés wrapper from Mexico, this line is designed for aficionados seeking the daily pleasure of a great-tasting cigar to enjoy calmly at their leisure or share with friends.  

Charles Awad, Senior Vice President of Global Marketing and Innovation at Oettinger Davidoff AG, said: “We continue to look for ways to broaden our portfolio to meet key aficionado taste preferences and be the indispensable business partner to retailers worldwide. The new Nicaragua Estelí range will spice up the Cusano offering by bringing a stronger, fuller bodied multi-origin blend made of tobaccos from Nicaragua, Mexico, Ecuador and the Dominican Republic to our Cusano brand.” 
  
CIGAR AND BLEND 
Wrapper: Negro San Andrés from Mexico 
Binder:  Connecticut Ecuador 
Filler:  Nicaraguan and Dominican tobaccos 

Formats:  
Robusto  50 RG x 5” / 2.0 X 12.7 cm   
Churchill  48 RG x 7” / 1.9 X 17.8 cm   
Toro  50 RG x 6” / 2.0 X 15.2 cm   
Gordo  60 RG x 6” / 2.3 x 15.2 cm  

Intensity: Medium to full body     

TASTING NOTES:
The Cusano Nicaragua Estelí shows off with a beautiful Mexican wrapper that is shiny and veinless, leaving a honey sweetness on the lips. After the first puffs, one can immediately feel the impact of the Nicaraguan filler tobaccos that stimulate the back area of the palate with spicy notes. Additional woody, creamy and earthy notes are derived from the Dominican filler tobaccos to deliver a more complex experience. To guarantee the quality and excellent taste, Cusano master blenders oversee the making of the complete Cusano cigar range in the Dominican Republic.  

LAUNCH AND AVAILABILITY:  
This new Cusano Nicaragua Estelí cigar range will be available at premium tobacconist stores in the USA as of June 2016. 

MEDIA CONTACT:  
Oettinger Davidoff AG Corporate Communications
Hochbergerstrasse 15 CH – 4002 Basel Tel. +41 61 279 36 24 

Thursday, June 23, 2016

JOYA DE NICARAGUA EXPANDS ITS MEDIUM BODIED LINE-UP WITH JOYA BLACK

Black is the new Joya!


The Joya family is proud to present Joya Black, a follow up to the very well-received Joya Red launched in 2014. is new blend is a continuation of efforts from the factory to introduce contemporary, innovative products to the marketplace.

Th e JOYA line changed the way smokers enjoyed Nicaraguan cigars with the introduction of Joya Red, a medium bodied, full avor smoke specially designed and blended for the modern smoker. e new Joya Black follows in these footsteps and takes the experience up a notch by incorporating a dark Mexican wrapper and Nicaraguan llers. Modern in Spirit, fuller in Flavor and Stronger in Attitude, this cigar provides a complex smoke, perfect for those who want more.

Both Joya Red and Joya Black were engineered by the youngest executive team in the industry, along with the most senior Master Blenders of Nicaragua. Together they created JOYA, a line-up of cigars that represents the more approachable and adventurous side of Nicaragua's very rst, and most authentic, cigar factory. 

“Since its inception, the JOYA brand has pushed the limits of our factory and showcased a new side of our people and our products. Varying from fun, and easy smokes like Joya Red, to sophisticated and more complex smoking experiences such as the new Joya Black, and together with new upcoming variants, JOYA's portfolio will continue to generate excitement among modern smokers and make their smoking journey much more rewarding.“ Juan Ignacio Martínez, President of Joya de Nicaragua, said.

 "Th is is Joya de Nicaragua’s rst cigar to feature a Mexican San Andres Negro wrapper. We have had these wrappers available for some time and we wanted to create a blend with rich Nicaraguan tobacco, yet without the overpowering strength. e result is a balanced, rich and pleasant smoking experience - the type of experience the new JOYA brand is known for as demonstrated by the release of Joya Red" said, Mario Perez, Factory Manager.

Joya Black will be available in 20 count boxes and will be priced similarly to Joya Red, ranging from $5.50 to $8.00 per cigar. It will be available in the following sizes:

• Robusto (5 ¼ x 50)
• Toro (6 x 52)
• Doble Robusto (5 x 56)
• Nocturno (6 ¼ x 46)

Joya Black will be available to all retailers and will be presented during the upcoming IPCPR 84th Annual Convention and Trade Show in Las Vegas in July 2016. Drew Estate will distribute the brand in the U.S. as JDN’s exclusive distributor. Joya Black will also be available worldwide through our International Marketing Division and JDN’s partners.

About Joya de Nicaragua

JOYA DE NICARAGUA S.A., is a family owned, Nicaragua-based cigar factory that handcra s traditional cigars for the premium luxury cigar market. Founded in 1968, it is Nicaragua’s oldest cigar factory in operation and home to the legendary JOYA DE NICARAGUA® brand of cigars. JDN is regarded by many as the patriarch cra er of robust, unique puro blends of locally grown black tobaccos, and its cigars are sold in more than 43 countries around the world. For more information, please visit www.joyacigars.com.

For additional information
please e-mail: press@joyacigars.com