Thursday, March 24, 2016

Viva Republica Announces "Stealthy" Cigar Series: Cloak & Dagger


Jason Holly to release “Ojos Verdes”, the first blend under the Cloak & Dagger series.

Miami, Florida- Viva Republica, the premium handmade cigar manufacturer announces a new series named Cloak & Dagger.  This new effort will allow the company to quickly release an array of limited edition blends. The Cloak & Dagger program is unique, as the blend contents will not be released to the public. The first blend under the Cloak & Dagger series is the: Ojos Verdes cigar.

The first release, Ojos Verdes or “Green Eyes”, is a 6" x 47 Corona Gorda, featuring a Dominican Candela wrapper. No other information on the blend will be released, and future blend information on cigars brands under the Cloak & Dagger series will be withheld. Production is limited to 250 bundles of 20 cigars with an MSRP of $8.50. 

Jason Holly stated:” It's my belief that to enjoy a cigar you needn't know the blend components, in fact I think it's better to smoke a new cigar without being prejudiced by tobacco origin, marketing/positioning, proclaimed strength, etc.  ”Cloak & Dagger was born out of the desire to create a vehicle, to quickly market test blends and unique concepts. Cloak & Dagger will be a limited production line, with an irregular release schedule.” 

Keeping in the political vein, Viva has themed its previous releases, and this one takes on the personality, of clandestine operations (or the Dark Arts). These releases will be non-boxed and shipped in mazos of 20. Each different release features the same Cloak & Dagger band, with a hang tag indicating the vintage, and codename for each release.

“I'm excited about this line, because it will allow me to get projects out of the factory much quicker, than we have been doing in the past. With standard packaging prepared, we can turn out a wet-shipped release, in less than a week, or 30-40 days, with traditional minimum aging, stated Holly.

Consumers should expect to see more releases under the Cloak & Dagger program this year, featuring different sizes, different blends and some novel concepts regarding both blending and construction.

The theme for Viva for 2016 will be to reinforce our theme of "Where the Wild Things Grow" and Cloak & Dagger will certainly serve as one of the expressions of the brand.

Miami Cigar & Co. is the exclusive American distributor of Viva Republica.

ABOUT VIVA REPUBLICA
Viva Republica is a boutique premium handmade cigar manufacturer, with all production being provided by La Aurora, S.A. Miami Cigar Co. serves as exclusive United States distributor www.vivarepublica.com.

About Miami Cigar & Co. 
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.

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Press Release: Villiger-Group Announces New CEO

Pfeffikon/LU, March 15, 2016 –Heinrich Villiger, Chairman of the Board of the Villiger Soehne AG hands over his function as CEO of the Villiger Group after 65 years in charge. The new CEO of the Villiger Group is Robert Suter (M.sc. Swiss Instiute of Technology) who has extensive experiences in international Swiss industries. In his last position he successfully acted as Group CEO of Conzzeta AG a Swiss holding company.  

“We are very pleased that we were able to hire with Robert Suter a renowned and experiences Swiss manager as CEO for the Villiger Group. Robert Suter has a long and exceptional career as top executive in industrial groups. Among other positions he acted successfully as Group CEO and Chairmen of the Executive Committee at Conzzeta Ltd.” Heinrich Villiger said who will remain Chairman of Villiger Soehne AG and the Villiger Holding.

“It is the right time” emphasizes Heinrich Villiger. For 65 years tobacco was his life as being in charge as entrepreneur of the tobacco group. Heinrich Villiger hands over his responsibility with immediate effect. Starting from March 2016 Robert Suter will take over his new role as CEO. The board of Villiger Soehne Holding AG and Villiger Soehne AG remains unchanged.

This news comes on the heels of Rene Castaneda being named President of Villiger Cigars North America. Robert Suter will work together in tandem with Castaneda as Villiger Cigars North America continues to make big strides in 2016.

The Villiger Group is a Swiss family company in the international tobacco industry in the fourth generation. The group has 1500 employees globally and has sales of about 200 Million Swiss Francs a year. Production locations are Europe, Americas and Asia.

ABOUT VILLIGER SONS LIMITED AND VILLIGER NORTH AMERICA:
Villiger Sons Limited was established in 1888 by Jean Villiger in the small town of Pfeffikon, Switzerland, where Villiger remains headquartered to this day. The company manufactures and sells more than 1.5 billion cigars annually, world-wide. Today, under the leadership of Heinrich Villiger, the company prides itself in its commitment to quality, in all their products made in many countries around the globe.

Villiger Cigars North America was established to service the premium cigar enthusiast primarily in the United States. With production from some of the most respected manufacturers in Dominican Republic, Central America and elsewhere, it is the goal of the company, to introduce the finest smoking experience a premium handmade cigar has to offer. Today, and in the future, one can rest assured that when they choose a Villiger cigar, the quality of the leaf, the manufacturing, and even the packaging will be second to none.

Monday, March 14, 2016

Press Release: Three New Vitolas To Join The Nat Sherman Panamericana Line of Cigars


Renowned Tobacconist Announces Line Expansion at the 48th Annual TAA Convention & Tradeshow in Puerto Vallarta, March 6-10


NEW YORK (March 3, 2016) – Nat Sherman, tobacconist to the world since 1930, is adding three new vitolas to the Nat Sherman Panamericana line of cigars bringing the total number of facings of the Panamericana blend to seven.  The three new sizes, the Robustico (4” x 54), Belicoso Fino (5.5” x 52), and Gordo (6” x 60), will be packed in the same 10-count boxes as their predecessors and priced in the $10-$12 range, in keeping with the rest of the line.  This announcement comes in anticipation of the 48th Annual Tobacconists Association of America (TAA) Convention & Tradeshow in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico on March 6.  There will be a limited number of samples available to member retailers during the tradeshow. Initially launched in 2014 as an exclusive product available only at the Nat Sherman Townhouse, the company’s flagship store in New York City, the Nat Sherman Panamericana became exclusively available at TAA member retailers throughout the United States as of last year. 

From Left to Right: Belicoso Fino (5.5” x 52), Gordo (6” x 60), and Robustico (4” x 54)

“The Panamericana is a very exciting blend that we felt strongly about debuting in very traditional sizes,” said Michael Herklots, Vice President of Retail and Brand Development at Nat Sherman. “However, after working closely with our retail partners over the past year, and listening to their feedback, it was clear we needed to offer these more current and popular formats as well.”

The Nat Sherman Panamericana is a full-bodied blend of aged tobaccos from Costa Rica and Nicaragua, with a Nicaraguan binder and an Ecuador Sumatra wrapper. The cigar line, a TAA Exclusive Series Product (ESP), is manufactured in Esteli, Nicaragua, by the Plasencia Family.

About Nat Sherman 
Founded by Nat Sherman in 1930 and family-guided for three generations, Nat Sherman International continues to define the authentic tobacco experience. Through a tradition of innovation and expertly crafted products, Nat Sherman’s timeless appeal, while quintessentially New York is embraced and enjoyed worldwide. For additional information on Nat Sherman, please visit www.natsherman.com and follow Nat Sherman on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram at @Nat42nd. 

Saturday, March 12, 2016

Press Release: Now Shipping La Aurora Puro Vintage 2006 111 Aniversario Master Case Series



(Miami, Florida) March 11, 2016La Aurora is pleased to announce that they will begin to ship the Puro Vintage 2006 111 Aniversario Master Case Series today Friday, March 11. Limited to only 500 cases, the Master series features replica packaging of the same boxes that La Aurora used in 1906.



The Master Series houses the Puro Vintage 2006 111 Aniversario expressed in three different vitolas (Salomon: 6 1/2 x 50/60, Toro: 5 3/4 x 54 and, Preferido: 6 X 58). There are a total of 54 cigars divided into 18 of each vitola in the package.  The Puro Vintage 2006 Master Case Series made its debut at the 2015 IPCPR in New Orleans.

Puro Vintage 2006 Blend: 
Wrapper: Ecuadorian Havana
Binder: Brazilian
Filler: Nicaraguan, Brazilian, Dominican
                                                             
                                
ABOUT LA AURORA
Founded in 1903 by the Leon Family, La Aurora is the original cigar factory in the Dominican Republic with a portfolio that includes its namesake brands, La Aurora and Leon Jimenes, as well as, La Aurora Preferidos, Guillermo Leon & Fernando Leon brands.

Follow La Aurora on Social Media: Facebook: La Aurora Cigars, Instagram: @LaAuroraCigars

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, Viva Republica, and Toscano brands.

For media inquiries and interviews, please contact Creativas Group at info@creativasgroup.com.


Press Release: Nat Sherman Releases Two New Cigar Bands For Renowned Timeless Collection


Iconic Tobacconist introduces red and black bands to distinguish blends
and enhance customer experience

Top: Nat Sherman Timeless Hermoso (Dominican) with the red secondary band
Bottom: Nat Sherman Timeless 556 (Nicaragua) with the black secondary band

NEW YORK (March 2, 2016) – Nat Sherman, tobacconist to the World since 1930, has introduced new secondary bands on both cigar lines of the Timeless Collection to help simplify the product identification process. The Timeless Collection is comprised of two unique blends produced in two different countries. The company created the red band to signify the Dominican made Timeless blend, while the black band represents the Nicaraguan made Timeless blend. Both blends remain the same, but the new additions help retailers and consumers identify the Timeless Collection’s two unique countries of origin.

“With the introduction of these new secondary bands, the two distinct cigar lines of the Timeless Collection are further distinguished,” said Michael Herklots, Vice President of Retail and Brand Development at Nat Sherman. “Previously, the two cigar blends in the Timeless Collection have been visually identified by their rolling style, differentiating the round cigars of the Dominican made blend from the box-pressed cigars of the Nicaraguan made blend. The secondary bands, however, serve to make product recognition even easier.”  

The Timeless Collection represented a renewed and refocused energy for Nat Sherman upon its initial release in 2012. The cigars in Dominican made Timeless Collection are a full-bodied, medium-strength blend of tobaccos from three different countries, produced at the Quesada Cigars factory, while the Nicaraguan made blend is a medium-bodied puro crafted by Plasencia Cigars. Additionally, the cigar names of the Dominican made cigars come from the classic vitola names, whereas the Nicaraguan made are differentiated by a three-number name that combines the length and the ring gauge of each cigar in the line.

The cigars featuring the secondary bands began to roll out in stores nationwide as of February 2016. 

About Nat Sherman 
Founded by Nat Sherman in 1930 and family-guided for three generations, Nat Sherman International continues to define the authentic tobacco experience. Through a tradition of innovation and expertly crafted products, Nat Sherman’s timeless appeal, while quintessentially New York is embraced and enjoyed worldwide. For additional information on Nat Sherman, please visit www.natsherman.com and follow Nat Sherman on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram at @Nat42nd. 

Wednesday, March 2, 2016

House Blend Coffee From Buna Mobile Roasting Company

Bold rich flavors with a lingering sweetness, a smooth full bodied mouth feel and bright radiating aromas make this "House Blend" perhaps the best overall cup I've ever brewed. 

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

The enticing chocolate covered cherry aroma radiating from the open bag will knock your socks off, but once the beans are ground into coffee, bright red wine nuances really shine. Doing the pour-over a nice bloom swelled and a notes of bold mocha hit my nose. 

Sipping the hot brew, it was bold, yet soft and smooth, with a pleasant sweet syrupiness that not only coats on the palate, but lingers until the next sip. There were flavor nuances of coffee, cocoa, caramel, and sweet red wine. As the cup cools, the sweet fruit notes continue to develop adding a bit of bright acidity.

Rated 97


For more information on Buna Mobile Coffee, check out their website http://liquidlifefundraisers.bigcartel.com/