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IPCPR 2017: Day One

Top 10 things we learned on Day 1 at IPCPR 2017

  1. Mayor Rudy Giuliani is a bad ass. His keynote speech was what the cigar industry needed to hear from a politician in light of the recent FDA regulations.  "President Trump realizes regulations are killing businesses," he said "Let businesses operate like businesses instead of government -regulated organizations."
  2. IPCPR knows how to party. Light up the Night with General Cigar was the best ever with food, drinks, cigars, drinks, T-shirt screening, cigars, drinks and cigars. And Mombacho parties-Enough said about that. 
  3. Ventura Cigars is bringing back old favorites from their supplier and production partners in the case study line. They cleverly named them Case Studies 1-5. Try them and see if you can find your old favorites. 
  4. Unfortunately this year we lost Avo Uvezian. David off has pledged to continue with the vision AVO began long ago. 
  5. With the changing laws concerning medical cigarettes, two companies I have come up with unique products to aid those smokers. PDR's Devil's Weed (in red and dark) provides rollers with a quality tobacco leaf to use as their wrapper. Total Flame has marketed a Russian tube product that you can easily load with your own blend to make a smooth smoke. 
  6. Stepping up the presentation standards, United-A luxury brand- has perfected beautiful humidified tubes sold with their cigars
  7. Davidoff once again presented their Gold Band awards to deserving partner retailers at a press event complete with fancy hors d'oeuvres,  Champagne and of course their new Churchhill, Comacho and Avo blends.
  8. For every serious businessman's office, the new Hiram and Solomon pyramid humidor, complete with 30 of their cigars, is a must have.
  9. In a perfect example of how the cigar industry has helped the economies of multiple small countries, Crossfire Cigars has several blends whose profits roll directly back into the Dominican Republic people through hospitals, schooling and jobs.
  10. Warfighter Cigars is made up of six soldiers who bonded together to create cigars for other soldiers, naming all the cigars after calibers of ammunition. 

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THE “CUEVAS RESERVA” BY CASA CUEVAS CIGARS IS NOW SHIPPING!

 cuevas(Miami, Florida) August 6, 2019— Casa Cuevas Cigars, makers of handmade premium cigars announce the Cuevas Reserva Natural and Cuevas Reserva Maduro is now shipping to retailers. The Cuevas Reserva was introduced to the public at the 2019 IPCPR in Las Vegas.

The Cuevas Reserva Maduro features a Mexican San Andres wrapper, a Dominican, Pilloto Cubano binder, and Dominican and Nicaraguan (ometepe) fillers, this blend is a personal favorite of Luis Cuevas Sr. as it boasts a full-flavor smoking experience, in a perfectly balanced medium to full-bodied cigar.

The Cuevas Reserva Natural features an Habano binder with a mix of fillers from the Dominican Republic, Nicaragua, and the U.S.A., all wrapped in an Ecuadorean Connecticut wrapper. This blend provides a perfectly smooth smoking experience which features nuanced earthy flavors.

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Cigar Regulations and the Little Guy

PUBLISHER'S NOTE: This is a guest article by Rob McKeon of CigarZen, manufacturer of the Blüme family of products. CW makes no product endoresements as a matter of policy.

 

It’s tough out here for us cigar smokers!

As we all know, tobacco has been highly regulated and the level of those regulations seems to keep climbing, almost by the day. For cigar lovers, it seems unfair that the products we use--to relax, to de-compress, to celebrate--are becoming more and more difficult to acquire.

While we can all appreciate the government’s desire to keep tobacco far away from kids, it’s hard to see the justification behind including cigars in its recent rigorous FDA rulings which were originally intended for smokeless tobacco only. The act of cigar smoking is almost artistic in its nature, viewed as a sign of sophistication, hard work and appreciation for the craftsmanship behind each stick. While it’s easy for a teenager to get their hands on a cheap pack of cigarettes, they’re likely not going to get too far in an artisanal cigar store.

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“LA MANDARRIA” IS NOW SHIPPING

manderas“LA MANDARRIA” IS NOW SHIPPING

Only 500 boxes of La Mandarria will be available to the public

 (Miami, Florida) July 31, 2019— Casa Cuevas Cigars, announces that the limited edition “La Mandarria” cigar brand is now shipping to retailers!!  The Cuevas cigar family showcased La Mandarria” (translates to the sledgehammer) at the 2019 IPCPR. La Mandarria brand was born out of the unfortunate robbery which occurred in February 2019 at the Casa Cuevas Cigars distribution center in Miami.  Burglars used sledgehammers to break in and steal over 25,000 of the Casa Cuevas brands which included the Casa Cuevas Limited Edition Flaco and Casa Cuevas core line of cigars. The Cuevas family made the decision to forge ahead and create a cigar that will mark the era where they faced and overcame adversity.

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Industry (raw)

I am cnp'ing this raw from my PM inbox. I'm not quite sure what to do with it yet, but it is relevant and could easily be cleaned up for publication.

 

I smoke cigars to Celebrate. A wedding, a birth, a promotion. A Life.

I lost my paternal Grandmother a year ago, and I celebrated.

I celebrated a life of nearly 75 years. A life of handing down love, lessons, admonishments and accolades.
She was a woman of action with a strong will and a huge heart.

I sat on the porch at the farm where we shared countless conversations - the place where she imparted her wisdom upon me.
I sat next to the black rocking chair with the word 'MA' emblazoned across the back in gold leaf. It was her throne during haying season, where she rested and surveyed the fields.
It occurred to me that I had never sat next to that chair without her sitting there next to me.
I smoked a 'Queen B' from Fuente. The name seemed fitting, and it was a solid smoke.

A few days ago, our community was rocked by the sudden passing of a childhood friend. He was my first 'best' friend.
 
 
Some of my earliest memories are of the two of us discovering the world together. We spent countless hours exploring the woods, riding our bikes, camping, and dirtbiking. We played the Hero and we played the Villain. Saturday mornings full of Thundercats and Voltron cartoons and epic GI Joe battles. We Talked. The conversations were of people yet unburdened by the weight of the world.
 
The divorce of my parents changed everything in my world, and my friendship suffered as well. I moved away, and we drifted apart. Only after his passing did I realize what that friendship really meant. He died at 34 years old in an ATV accident. His name was Jason.

Soon I will go and find him, at the spot on our dirt bike trail where we would shut the bikes down and talk. I will take a Hemmingway 'Short Story'. The name seems fitting, and it’s a solid smoke.

I will celebrate a life.

J Norton

Marrero Ships Aquatica

aquaticaProduct Details
The Aquatico is a unique and flavorful blend with a 45 degree cut foot.

100% Dominican Puro

Wrapper is:Habano Rosado-Connecticut and Candela

Binder- Olor Dominicano

Filler Habano 2020-Criollo 98-Corojo. 

Here is some info that may be helpful:


They are made at MCR, Felix Gonzalez continues to run the production and art design of our Artistico Series, in our new location as our production continues to grow we had to make room for that growth.

Completely different blend then the Original Artistico.

6x54x62 with a 45 degree foot cut

$16.00 per cigar

About 20 but each box will have 10 different pieces of art.

Similar to the Solomon as we maintain a similar design to the original Artistico

They started shipping this week.


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PCA Asks For Help Oppose Cigar Tax

September 25, 2019, Washington, DC — In response to newly proposed federal legislation, the Premium Cigar Association is launching a campaign to oppose massive tax hikes against the premium cigar and pipe tobacco industry.

Congress, under the guise of addressing the Youth Vaping Epidemic, has introduced two bills that massively increase taxes for all tobacco products —including premium cigars. The legislation threatens the viability of thousands of small businesses across the country and risks putting tens of thousands of employees out of work.

In the Senate, Dick Durbin (D-Illinois) introduced the Tobacco Tax Equity Act of 2019 (S.2517) with the support of Democrat Senators Brown, Markey, Blumenthal, Reed, Hirono, Wyden, Murray, and Merkley. This legislation would ultimately increase excise taxes on cigars and pipe tobacco by:

  1. Amending Section 5701(f) of the IRS Code of 1986 by striking “$2.8311 cents” and inserting “$49.56” for Pipe Tobacco.
  2. Amending section 5701(a) of the IRS Code of 1986 by striking “$50.33” and inserting “$100.66” for Small Cigars.
  3. Amending Paragraph (2) of section 5701(a) of the IRS Code of 1986 by striking “52.75 percent” and all that follows through the period and inserting the following: “$49.56 per pound and a proportionate tax at the like rate on all fractional parts of a pound but not less than 10.066 cents per cigar for large cigars”. It would also allow for: “The Secretary of the Treasury, or the Secretary’s delegate, may issue guidance regarding the appropriate method for determining the weight of large cigars for purposes of calculating the applicable tax under section 5701(a)(2) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986.”

In the House of Representatives, Congressman Tom Suozzi (D-Long Island, Queens) introduced the Quell Underage Inhaling of Toxic Substances (QUITS) Act (H.R. 4425) alongside representatives Peter King, Steve Cohen, Jimmy Panetta, Raja Krishnamoorthi, and David Ciclline. This legislation would ultimately increase excise taxes on cigars and pipe tobacco by:

  1. Amending Section 5701(f) of the IRS Code of 1986 by striking ‘‘$2.8311 cents’’ and inserting ‘‘$73.85’’ for Pipe Tobacco.
  2. Amending Section 5701(a) of the IRS Code of 1986 by striking ‘‘$50.33’’ and inserting ‘‘$150’’ for Small Cigars.
  3. Amending Section 5701(a) of the IRS Code of 1986 by striking ‘‘52.75 percent’’ and all that follows through the period and inserting ‘‘$73.85 per pound and a proportionate tax at the like rate on all fractional parts of a pound but not less than cents per cigar.’’ It would also provide authorization as follows: “Secretary of the Treasury, or the Secretary’s delegate, may issue guidance regarding the appropriate method for determining the weight of large cigars for purposes of calculating the applicable tax under section 5701(a)(2) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986.”
  4. SPECIAL RULE—"Beginning on the date that is 1 year after the date of enactment of the Quell Underage Inhaling of Toxic Sub stances Act of 2019, except as provided in sub paragraph (C), a tobacco product or any of its component parts or accessories (including the tobacco, filter, or paper) shall not contain, as a constituent (including a smoke constituent) or additive, an artificial or natural flavor (other than tobacco) that is a characterizing flavor of the tobacco product or tobacco smoke or an herb or spice, including menthol, mint, strawberry, grape, orange, clove, cinnamon, pineapple, vanilla, coconut, licorice, cocoa, chocolate, cherry, or coffee. Nothing in this subparagraph shall be construed to limit the Secretary’s authority to take action under this section or other sections of this Act applicable to any artificial or natural flavor, herb, or spice.’’

"We are not going to sit idly by when Congress gives speeches against vaping, but their actual policies attack premium cigars and pipe tobacco, which are not part of the youth access problem, " said Joshua Habursky, Director of Federal Affairs for the Premium Cigar Association. "These are cringeworthy tax increases that hurt retailer small business owners, employees, manufacturers, and ultimately every cigar enthusiast.”

To stop the tax hikes from coming into fruition, the PCA is launching a nationwide email and social media campaign to garner massive support from retailers, retailer employees, and premium cigar and pipe tobacco enthusiasts nationwide.

People can take action today by customizing one of the PCA's pre-written letters or writing their own, and sending it on to their elected officials in a matter of seconds!

Brick House 'Ciento por Ciento' Ships

J.C. Newman Cigar Company Ships Limited-Edition Brick House
'Ciento por Ciento'

J.C. Newman Cigar Company, the manufacturer of the popular Brick House cigar, is excited to announce the limited-edition Brick House 'Ciento por Ciento' is arriving to TAA retailers this week.

Handcrafted in J.C. Newman's Nicaraguan factory, Puros de Estelí Nicaragua, S.A. (J.C. Newman PENSA), Ciento por Ciento only uses tobaccos grown in the rich, volcanic soils of Nicaragua. It is the first Nicaraguan puro blend in the Brick House line, hence the name, which means 100% in Spanish. The wrapper is a Habana-seed, corojo leaf grown in the Jalapa Valley which encloses binder and filler from three of Nicaragua's mountainous regions.

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CAO Orellana Ships

CAO OrellanaThe CAO Amazon series is an expedition that began with Amazon Basin, a blend made with an exotic filler tobacco called Bragança from the wilds of the rainforest. The series continued on its path of discovery with Fuma em Corda and Anaconda, each featuring rare Amazonian tobaccos.
Today, CAO celebrates its ongoing quest for discovery with a limited-edition blend called CAO Orellana, marking the fourth release in the brand’s famed Amazon series.


Orellana is named in tribute to Francisco de Orellana, the first European explorer to navigate the entire Amazon river.

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PUNCH DIABLO – STUMP AND EL DIABLO

pdWith its launch last year, Punch Diablo beckoned tenured cigar lovers to the dark side with a tempting four-country blend, the boldest Punch yet.

Befitting of its diabolical name, Punch Diablo is a sinfully indulgent collection that’s spicy, intriguing and destined to leave you spellbound. This year, the line is expanding with two new sizes. Both new additions to the line are made with the bold Punch Diablo blend that features an Ecuadoran Sumatra Oscuro wrapper, a Connecticut Broadleaf binder and a blend of Nicaraguan and Honduran ligero.

Inspired by the incredibly-popular Punch Champion frontmark, Stump is a paunchy, fat-bellied figurado that allows the blend’s full-bodied notes to change as the cigar increases and decreases in ring gauge. Stump is packed in 25-count boxes.

Stump is joined by El Diablo, a beast of a cigar. This 66-ring box-pressed behemoth delivers not only on full-bodied flavor, but is also a smoke that’s the ideal companion to a lengthy smoking occasion. El Diablo is packed in 20-count boxes.

Stump (figurado 4.5 x 60) – SRP per cigar $7.49

El Diablo (6.5 x 66) – SRP per cigar $8.99

FRATELLO HIRES NEW D.O.O.

FRATELLO CIGARS HIRES DIRECTOR OF OPERATIONS

Springfield, VA (September 11, 2019) – Fratello Cigars is pleased to announce and welcome Justin Harris as its new Director of Operations. Harris will be responsible for overseeing the day-to-day operations in the company’s Springfield, VA office including but not limited to customer relations human resources, logistics, process and quality improvement and new initiatives.

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PARTAGAS LIMITED RESERVE DECADAS 2019

plrA rare treasure originally released between 2005 and 2009, Partagas Limited Reserve Decadas were held to a rigorous standard, precluding anything but the most limited of production. This exclusive Partagas offering is making a limited return for 2019, as a spectacular showcase of a cigar maker’s artistry.

Only an average of three per thousand Cameroon wrapper leaves were hand selected to adorn Partagas Limited Reserve Decadas, each having been set aside in 2009 for ten years of aging. A full decade later, this spectacular blend returns, offering a rare chance to own a piece of premium cigar history.

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Alec & Bradley Gatekeeper Released

abFort Lauderdale, FL (September 11 ,2019)

Second Generation Cigar Makers Alec and Bradley Rubin announced today that their sophomore release, Alec & Bradley Gatekeeper, is shipping to tobacconists worldwide.

Alec & Bradley cigars is an offshoot of Alec Bradley Cigar Co. The subsidiary was founded by the brothers in 2018, when they funded their first release -Alec & Bradley Blind Faith.

After Blind Faith’s success, the Rubin brothers looked to E.P. Carrillo (EPC) cigar maker Ernesto Perez-Carrillo for the Gatekeeper project. An inspiration to Alec and Bradley, Ernesto is praised by many in the business as the “Godfather” of cigars.

With Perez-Carrillo’s guidance, the brothers set out to create a project, focusing on Dominican tobaccos, that was completely different from anything in the Alec Bradley portfolio.

The brothers agree that working with Perez-Carrillo is a rite of passage.

“Working with Ernesto opens up new doors for Bradley and me,” said Alec, “Ernesto is a gatekeeper to new opportunities and experiences for us- thus the name Gatekeeper.”

“We are a part of the next generation of the premium cigar business,” Bradley added. “Ernesto is a legend and we are humbled to be able to work with him.”

Alec & Bradley Gatekeeper is being presented in 20 count boxes with Gothic Era inspired artwork purveying the fervent, take no prisoner’s attitude the brothers are pursuing to make their mark in the cigar industry. 

Alec & Bradley Gatekeeper features an Ecuadorian Habano Wrapper, Nicaraguan Binder and premium fillers from Nicaragua and Dominican Republic, Gatekeeper is being produced at Ernesto’s Tabacalera La Alianza in Santiago, Dominican Republic. Gatekeeper is Alec and Bradley’s first regular production, global release and will be available in Corona (5 1/8 X 42, MSRP $8.75 per cigar), Robusto (5 X 50, MSRP $10.50 per cigar, Toro (6 X 52, MSRP $11.50 per cigar) and Gordo (6 X 60, MSRP $12.25 per cigar).

ODYSSEY SWEET TIP

odyHandmade in Nicaragua, Odyssey has developed a devoted following, thanks to its unique blends and accessible pricing.

This year, Odyssey will delight cigar lovers by adding a flavored sweet tip blend to its lineup.

Made with premium tobaccos that deliver a clean finish, Odyssey Sweet Tip is crafted with 100% Cuban-seed tobaccos cultivated in Central America. The blend features a Nicaraguan Habano wrapper over a Nicaraguan binder and Nicaraguan and Honduran fillers. The result is a medium-bodied, smooth smoking experience, highlighted with enticing sweet notes and hints of cream.

Shipping on August 20 and packed in 20-count bundles, Odyssey Sweet Tip will be available in five sizes, each handmade and priced at less than $3.00 per cigar.

Gigante (6 x 60) – SRP per cigar $2.59

Churchill (7 x 48) – SRP per cigar $2.39

Toro (6 x 54) – SRP per cigar $2.09

Robusto (5 x 50) – SRP per cigar $1.89

Corona (5.25 x 44) – SRP per cigar $1.69

H&S CIGARS JOINS WITH CIGAR, THE GOOD LIFE

hslogoNew Jersey 09/10/2019 - Hiram & Solomon Cigars has just announced the collaboration for the Northeast Region from Philadelphia City to Maine with Cigar & the Good Life, which specializes in lifestyle branding.

Cigar & The Good Life is comprised of Joshua Nollie and Terrin Phillips, and they primarily target the Cigar, Spirits, and Couture fashion industries. Both Joshua and Terrin are devoted to the Craft of Freemasonry and deeply understand the philosophy behind creating our brand.

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M BOURBON BY MACANUDO

macbLast year’s release of M by Macanudo marked a new era for the brand, as the first flavored cigar was launched in the Macanudo franchise.

At IPCPR 2019, the brand’s flavored cigar portfolio will expand with a multi-dimensional new twist on a classic cocktail. Enter M Bourbon by Macanudo, a cigar that conjures up the rich flavors of the iconic Old Fashioned cocktail. Notes of bourbon, American oak, nuances of sweet cherries and a hint of earthy, aromatic bitters all come alive in this new, full-time addition to the Macanudo portfolio.

This is truly a cigar that brings forth a multitude of taste sensations and is an ideal indulgence for the cigar lover who seeks a unique departure from the everyday smoke. This new flavored line is the perfect accompaniment to cocktails and can easily stand alone as an experience unto itself.

M Bourbon is made with premium, hand-selected tobaccos including an Ecuadoran Connecticut Shade wrapper, an Ecuadoran binder and a blend of Dominican filler leaves.

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LE Alec Bradley Diamond Ships

abdiamondFt. Lauderdale, FL (09/09/2019)

Alec Bradley Cigars announced today that 1500 boxes of the critically acclaimed Nica Puro Diamond Rough-Cut, which the company has completely sold out, are on their way to tobacconists worldwide. First unveiled in 2014, the Alec Bradley Nica Puro Diamond Rough-Cut has become a perennial fan favorite.

The diamond shaped cigar is unique to Alec Bradley and is sought out by enthusiasts across the globe. A limited edition version of Alec Bradley's Nica Puro line, the Nica Puro Diamond Rough-Cut has not only caught the attention of consumers and tobacconists, but has become a media darling, receiving the coveted 'Humidor Selection' tag and 91 rating by Cigar Insider in June of 2018. Nica Puro Diamond Rough-Cut was also nominated for "Best Cigar Nicaragua 2018" on June 30, 2018 by Cigar Journal.

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MACANUDO INSPIRADO PALLADIUM

macp1Macanudo is expanding its popular Inspirado collection with Palladium, a limited-edition release that harnesses an old-world aging method to deliver a deeply complex smoking experience.

Palladium features a five-country blend that harnesses the time-honored technique of tercios to deliver a truly exquisite smoking experience.  The tercio process was used during the golden age of Cuban cigars to age tobacco in optimal conditions, yet is rarely used today due to the considerable time and labor required to build and wrap the bales.

Only an elite group of Macanudo’s artisans are skilled in the tercio process which eschews burlap and instead envelopes the tobacco bales in the bark of the majestic Royal Palm tree. The bark forms a tighter seal, trapping in moisture and retaining the tobacco’s natural taste characteristics.

 

 

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NEW TORO SIZE LA FLOR DE YNCLAN

villagerlogoThe Villiger La Flor de Ynclan Toro will come in an elegant 10 count box

(Miami, Florida) August 7, 2019— Villiger Cigars announces that the Villiger La Flor de Ynclan will be presented in a new Toro 6X52 size. The Villiger La Flor De Ynclan robusto in 2017 garnered a 93 rating, ranked as the number 10 cigar in the world by Cigar Aficionado Magazine and voted the 2017 number 6 cigar in the world by Tobacco Business Magazine.

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MACANUDO HERITAGE NUEVO

macn1The evolution of Macanudo continues with Heritage Nuevo, a limited release that marks the premiere of a bold, multi-year project for the brand. Beginning with this year’s release and continuing with subsequent Heritage Nuevo releases that will debut in the years that follow, Macanudo’s best-selling blends will be reimagined with unique tobaccos.

Macanudo Heritage Nuevo gives us the opportunity to juxtapose the brand’s most enduring heritage blends with a modern reinterpretation that features the emerging tobaccos of today. We believe that Macanudo Heritage Nuevo will awaken a new dialogue among seasoned Macanudo smokers, while giving others a reason to awaken their passion for the perennially top-selling brand,” said Steve Abbot, senior brand manager for Macanudo.

For the first item in the Heritage Nuevo series, Macanudo takes flight to South America for an intriguing new take on its classic Café blend. In this, Macanudo’s expert blenders have taken the brand’s signature Connecticut Shade wrapper and replaced it with an Ecuadoran Connecticut Shade wrapper cultivated by an independent grower in Ecuador’s Los Rios province. There, beneath the thick, natural cloud cover that envelopes the region, a lustrous golden wrapper was developed expressly for use in this intriguing, limited-edition offering. When paired with Macanudo’s Dominican and Mexican blend, the result is a creamy, medium-bodied smoke with a rich aroma and compelling notes of toasted nuts, interspersed with nuances of sweetness and spice.

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