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CAO SESSION

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Some of the best times in my life happened over cigars in my garage in Tampa,” says CAO’s Rick Rodriguez.

For his latest creation for CAO, Rick decided to create a cigar for the everyday smoking occasions that somehow turn out to be extraordinary. He wanted his next line to be something special and full of depth, the kind of smoke that works for the times that you just want to “sit, smoke, chill and not over-think things.”

Inspired by his early days of blending in Santiago, D.R., Rick started with a Connecticut Broadleaf wrapper, selected a Dominican binder and paired them with a rich blend of Dominican and Nicaraguan tobaccos. “I wasn’t going for a full-bodied cigar. I wanted Session to be a medium-bodied smoke with a great taste and a lot of complexity and I feel like I’ve hit the mark with Session. I’m excited to hear what the CAO fans will think of it.”

 

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Crux' Limitada Gunner Shipping

cruxgunnerCrux Cigars Limitada Gunner Shipping This Week (Miami, Fla.) - Crux Cigars will begin shipping the much anticipated Limitada Gunner this week to their retail partners across the country.

Announced at the 2018 IPCPR Trade Show, the Gunner is the second quarter extension of the popular Limitada line from Crux Cigars in 2019, following the Redline earlier this year. The Gunner is a 5.375x46 Corona Gorda finished with a Cuban box press.

As with the previously released Limitada PB5 and the Limitada IPCPR, the Gunner is produced once per year as a limited edition of 1,000 10-count boxes. It features the proprietary Nicaraguan Engañoso wrapper.

Available vitola: Corona Gorda Cuban Box Press 6 x 50 (MSRP $9.99) 10-count boxes.

See more: CruxCigars.com Instagram: @CruxCigars Twitter: @CruxCigars Facebook: Facebook.com/CruxCigars 

CAO FLATHEAD V19

vi91Fan favorite CAO Flathead now has an ultra-premium, souped-up cousin called V19.

For CAO Flathead V19, Rick Rodriguez and the CAO team upped the ante by blending a Connecticut Broadleaf wrapper, a hearty Connecticut Habano binder, and a bold selection of independently-grown Nicaraguan Estelí, Jalapa and Condega leaves, with Dominican Piloto Cubano. They then gave each of the leaves an abbreviated fermentation to lock in the tobaccos’ native flavors and added a longer aging process to refine them.

 

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Cubariqueño Releases Protocol Themis

protocol2Cubariqueño Cigar Co. announces the release of the Protocol Themis Corona Gorda as a regular production release for the 2019 IPCPR Trade Show in Las Vegas. The cigar was originally introduced as a Famous Smoke Shop exclusive on September 8, 2018. The cigars will continue to be produced at Erik Espinosa’s La Zona Factory in Estelí, Nicaragua. The Themis Corona Gorda will be available in a 5 5/8 X 46 format in boxes of 10. MSRP has been set at $99.40 per box. The blend consists of an Ecuadorian Connecticut wrapper with Nicaraguan binder and fillers. Cubariqueño Cigar Co. & Famous Smoke Shop have had a great relationship and success with this line and are excited to offer this cigar to all of our retail partners. Cubariqueño Cigar Co. will again be partnered inside the Espinosa booth at the 2019 IPCPR Trade Show in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Antigua Esteli to Debut Segovias

segoviaAntigua Esteli Cigars, a luxurious and premium cigar manufacturer, is proud to introduce Habano Oscuro and Maduro cigars to the world. Antigua Estelí “Segovias” is a medium to full-bodied Nicaraguan cigar and will be available in three different vitolas: Robusto, Torpedo, and Semi Box Press Toro. Segovia’s will be available June 1st, 2019 and showcase in IPCPR 2019 in Las Vegas June 28 th - July 2 nd , 2019.
The Antigua Esteli brand is entering its 4th year to praise and has become a favorite among cigar aficionados. CEO and President of Antigua Esteli, Art Garcia describes his cigars with a volcanic robust taste and aromas from Nicaragua. Antigua Esteli’s cigars feature a thick and oiled Mexican Maduro San Andres wrapper and an Ecuadorian Habano Oscuro wrapper. The binders and fillers are composed of hand-selected, top priming grade A leafs of Nicaragua.
The blend yields a rich, dark and hearty smoke, boasts notes of earth, chocolate and leather with hints of nuts and spice that increase in intensity throughout your smoking experience.
Immerse your sense into a taste and aroma that will transport you to another Time.
Welcome to Antigua Esteli
“ El Diamante de las Segovias ”
SEGOVIAS BREAKDOWN:
Length: 5 1/2 to 6 1/8
Ring Gauge: 52 to 56
Wrapper: Mexico San Andres, Ecuadorian Habano Oscuro
Binder: Nicaragua
Filler: Nicaragua
Intensity: Medium to Full
Package: 21-Count Box
MSRP: $8.99 to 13.99 per cigar
LAUNCH AND AVAILABILITY:
Available Today, Starting June1st 2019

Cubariqueño Releases New Protocol Vitola

protocal1Cubariqueño Cigar Co. announces the release of the Protocol Sir Robert Peel as a regular production release for the 2019 IPCPR trade show in Las Vegas. The Cigars will be offered in a natural & maduro format. The Protocol Sir Robert Peel is produced at Erik Espinosa's La Zona Factory in Estelí, Nicaragua.

The cigars will be available in a 6 x 52 box press format in boxes of 10. MSRP has been set at $119.50 per box. The blend incorporates an Ecuadorian Rosado wrapper covering Nicaraguan binder and fillers. The second blend utilizes the same filler but a Pennsylvania Broad Leaf wrapper.

The cigar will become available nationally at the 2019 IPCPR located in Las Vegas. Sir Robert Peel is regarded as the father of modern day policing. Cubariqueño Cigar Co  again pays homage to the profession of its owners Bill Ives & Juan Cancel who are police officers. We left no stone unturned for this release. Both cigars are smoking phenomenal and we took the packing up to the next level stated Juan Cancel. Cubariqueño Cigar Co. will again be partnered inside the Espinosa booth at the 2019 IPCPR Trade Show in Las Vegas, Nevada.

FRATELLO ANNOUNCES "THE TEXAN"

fratello texasSpringfield, VA (June 25th, 2019) – Omar de Frias is proud to announce the launch of The Texan. This blend will be sold exclusively to retailers in Texas and will be part of a series of state releases by Fratello.

 

The blend uses an HVA Ecuador wrapper with a Sumatra binder and Piloto Cubano Ligero, Andullo, Esteli Ligero and Pennsylvania Ligero filler tobacco.

“We went full body and our largest cigar format to date. The balance of The Texan, with as much ligero as it has, is simply incredible.” said de Frias.

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Protocol Official Misconduct Corona Gorda

misconductPennsylvania (Friday June 14, 2019) —

Cubariqueño Cigar Co. announces the release of the Protocol Official Misconduct Corona Gorda as a new size & regular production release for the 2019 IPCPR trade show in Las Vegas. The Official Misconduct will continue to be produced at Erik Espinosa’s La Zona Factory in Estelí, Nicaragua. This second size in the line - Corona Gorda - will be available in a 5 5/8 X 46 format in boxes of 10. MSRP has been set at $99.40 per box. The blend incorporates an Ecuadorian habano wrapper covering a Nicaraguan binder as well as filler tobaccos hailing from both the Estelí and Jalapa growing regions of Nicaragua. Cubariqueño Cigar Co. offered a select amount of boxes at our 4 Year Anniversary Party on June 1st to our loyal supporters attending the event. The cigar will become available nationally at the 2019 IPCPR located in Las Vegas. Cubariqueño Cigar Co. will again be partnered inside the Espinosa booth at the 2019 IPCPR Trade Show in Las Vegas, Nevada.

DTT Announces Mi Querida® Triqui Traca

DTTDunbarton Tobacco & Trust® will be showcasing its Mi Querida® Triqui Traca of handcrafted cigars at this year’s 87th Annual Convention of the International Premium Cigar & Pipe Retailers Association in Las Vegas, Nevada, June 28th through July 2nd, 2019.

“Mi Querida Triqui Traca, pronounced ‘me kay-ree-dah tree-kee trah-ka’, is arguably our boldest cigar released to date,” shares Founder and Master Ligador Steve Saka. Adding, “At its core, it remains our quintessential Mi Querida blend with its earthy, sweet broadleaf notes, but with the incorporation of a couple refinements. The capa has been switched from the traditional Connecticut Broadleaf Mediums to the rarer No. 1 Dark corona leaves plus a unique, high octane ligero grown in the Dominican Republic has also been introduced into the liga. The resulting cigar retains its inherent sweet loam and chocolate characteristics, yet delivers a significantly heavier smoking experience.”

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Crux Cigars Rebrands

newcruxMiami, Flor.--Crux Cigars, an established name in cigar manufacturing announces a refreshed brand image with a new logo, packaging, and messaging. The comprehensive rebrand elevates the focus on Crux’s constant commitment to quality cigars and desire to connect to their consumers in new and innovative ways. The rebrand includes a new logo, refreshed blend specific branding, all new packaging design, and a comprehensive communication plan. Crux Cigars made the decision to rebrand after years of introducing unique cigars in the U.S. market with great success. The company manufactures cigars that appeal to all levels of cigar smokers by providing an extensive variety of strengths and vitolas.

 

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DTT Debuts Sobremesa Brûlée®

sabrosaDunbarton Tobacco & Trust® will be debuting the Sobremesa Brûlée® blend of fine handmade cigars at this year’s 87th Annual Convention of the International Premium Cigar & Pipe Retailers Association in Las Vegas, Nevada, June 28th through July 2nd, 2019.

“Sobremesa Brûlée is a recreation of the milder, shade wrapped ligas of my early years. Somewhere over the last three decades many of the classic shade cigars have become wispy, uninspiring and rather dull to my palate. I wanted to share with others the way I remember these blonde cigars being,” states Master Blender Steve Saka. “Also as ligador and tobacco man, I do not understand the recent trend of making strong Connecticut Shade cigars aka “not your grandfather’s cigar”. To me this seems like an oxymoron and a fundamental lack of appreciation of the enchanting characteristics and nuances of shade grown Connecticut Seed tobaccos. In Brûlée, I embraced this shade capa and dedicated myself to showcasing its mild, sweet and nutty nature.”

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UPMANN 175thANNIVERSARY LIMITED EDITION

CELEBRATING AN ICONIC BRAND: A.J. Fernandez uses the rare medio tiempo wrapper

for limited edition H. Upmann 175th Anniversary

 

upmannFORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – Altadis U.S.A. is celebrating a special milestone as the H. Upmann cigar brand turns 175 years old. The limited-edition H. Upmann 175th Anniversary will commemorate one of the oldest and most renowned cigars brands. This limited edition will only be expressed in the iconic Churchill size, in 10 count boxes that will number to 14,750. Fifty special-edition humidors containing 50 cigars will also be offered. The story of H. Upmann cigars is one of adventure, family, and passion for tobacco.

It all began in 1843, when German banker Herman Upmann took a leap of faith and moved to Havana, Cuba, to open a branch for his family bank. He created a small batch of cigars for his best clients, but quickly became impassioned with tobacco. A passion that led him to found his own cigar brand in 1844, joined by his younger brother August. The brothers purchased a small cigar factory and diligently learned to combine tobacco artistry and German ingenuity. 175 years later, H. Upmann is still known the world over.

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CASA CUEVAS RELEASES “LA MANDARRIA”

mad(Miami Florida) June 19, 2019— Casa Cuevas Cigars, makers of handmade premium cigars to release “La Mandarria” (translates to the sledgehammer) at 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.

For years The Cuevas family patriarch, Luis Cuevas Sr., has been the man behind the curtain for many popular cigar brands. Their factory, the Las Lavas Cigar Factory in the Dominican Republic, has created brands for some of the most globally popular cigar companies. It was only three years ago that the Cuevas family felt it was time to create their own brand: Casa Cuevas Cigars. Luis Jr., son of Luis Cuevas, Sr., who runs the Cuevas operations in Miami, looks to honor his father, who himself made many sacrifices, went through much adversity as a U.S. immigrant, and was forced to leave his homeland of Cuba many years ago.

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CASA CUEVAS CIGARS TO RELEASE THE “CUEVAS RESERVA” AT THE 2019 IPCPR

casareserveMiami, Florida) June 12, 2019— Casa Cuevas Cigars, makers of handmade premium cigars to release the Cuevas Reserva Natural and Cuevas Reserva Maduro at the 2019 IPCPR in Las Vegas. The patriarch of the four-generation tobacco family, Luis Cuevas Sr. originally introduced the Cuevas Reserva brand in the early 2000’s and was limited in availability until now.

Luis Cuevas Sr. introduced the Casa Reserva brand in the early 2000’s but was faced with a huge dilemma. At that point, it was either take a chance and put forth efforts (and capital) to introduce his own brand, or concentrate on his newly thriving factory, which was blending and rolling quality private label cigars for other companies.

 

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INTRODUCING FRATELLO PICCOLO

picoloSpringfield, VA (June 18, 2019) – Omar de Frias is proud to announce the company’s latest blend, the Fratello Piccolo. Different from the Fratello Classico, the Piccolo uses an Ecuadorian Habano wrapper with the same binder and filler as the Classico. “We used a different wrapper on our Classico blend and picked up some great flavors! The combustion and aroma were absolutely incredible.” said de Frias.

Fratello Piccolo will debut as a 4 x 34 in 100 count boxes. The MSRP for this cigar will be $3.30 per cigar and will begin shipping in August.

The Fratello Piccolo is being made at Joya de Nicaragua.

Please visit www.fratellocigar.com/thecigar for a description of our cigars.

 

FRATELLO INTRODUCES THE NAVETTA INVERSO BOXER

fratellologoSpringfield, VA (June 11, 2019) - Omar de Frias is proud to announce the company’s latest blend, the Navetta Inverso Boxer. The Inverso Boxer will be making its official debut at this year’s IPCPR Trade Show in Las Vegas. “Similar to the other Boxer blends, we modified the filler blend in the Inverso Boxer to increase in strength and highlight a different flavor profile from its Father the Navetta Inverso.” Said de Frias.

The Inverso boxer will debut at a 6 ¼ x 52 Box Press Torpedo with an MSRP of 13.00 per cigar.

Navetta Inverso features an Habano Nicaragua Wrapper, Habano Ecuador Oscuro Binder and Dominican and Nicaragua Filler tobacco aged for 3 years before being rolled.

Navetta Inverso was introduced at last year’s IPCPR Trade Show. “Its incredible how our consumers saw clearly how the cigars were different from our original release and helped us brand all our cigars box press cigars as The Boxer” Said de Frias.

A.C.E. PRIME DEBUTS AT IPCPR

acelogoCIGAR INDUSTRY HEAVYWEIGHTS WELCOME A.C.E. PRIME UPDATE:

(June 17, 2019) Some of the biggest names and brands in the cigar industry are excited for the launch of A.C.E Prime at IPCPR 2019.


"New and innovative cigars and companies are a very important to the vibrancy of the premium cigar
industry," said Drew Newman, General counsel of J.C. Newman Cigar Co. “As the oldest, family- owned cigar company in America, we welcome one of the newest, A.C.E. Prime. We have no doubt
that their outstanding premium cigars will live up to their name.”

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Hiram & Solomon Release Grand Architect

June 2, 2019
ga1Hiram & Solomon Cigars is pleased to announce, the availability of our latest creation to fill out
the company’s portfolio of fine premium cigars - The Grand Architect.


The Grand Architect gets its name from one of the founding principles of Freemasons. "It is appropriate that a society founded on the principles of architecture, which symbolizes the terms of that science to moral purposes, and whose members profess to be architects of a spiritual temple should view the Divine Being, under whose holy law they are constructing that edifice, as their Master Builder or Great Architect. Sometimes, but less correctly, the title 'Grand Architect of the Universe' is found."

 

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Rock-A-Feller to Showcase the Dominican Blue

Vintage Rock-A-Feller Cigars Group to Showcase the Dominican Blue at 2019 IPCPR

dominican blueNew York, NY – Vintage Rock-A-Feller Cigars Group (VRCG) is pleased to announce that their latest cigar, the Dominican Blue will be showcased at this 2019 IPCPR Trade Show, being held in Las Vegas, NV - June 29-July 2, 2019.

The VRCG Dominican Blue is the creation of legendary cigar maker, Victor De La Cruz in collaboration with Rock-A-Feller Cigars owner, Kevin Schweitzer.

Kevin Schweitzer stated:

"Vintage Rock-A-Feller Cigars Group is very excited to work with Victor de la Cruz and his Tabacalera L&V S.R.L factory to add the Dominican Blue to the successful Rock-A-Feller Cigars portfolio of premium cigars. Victor is a legend in the industry and a master blender going back decades in the business."

Savor the taste of Tamboril

The Dominican Blue offers a delicious and complex flavor profile that highlights the aged leaf and masterful construction of the masterful skills of Victor De La Cruz and his Tabacalera L&V S.R.L factory:

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Alec & Bradley Gatekeeper Announced

gatekeeperFort Lauderdale, FL (June 8 ,2019)

Coming off of the success of their initial release, Alec & Bradley Blind Faith, Alec and Bradley Rubin, the namesakes of father Alan Rubin’s Alec Bradley Cigar Co. announced today the release of their second cigar line- Alec & Bradley Gatekeeper.

The Rubin brothers searched out E.P. Carrillo (EPC) cigar maker Ernesto Perez-Carrillo for the project. An inspiration to Alec and Bradley, Ernesto is praised by many in the business as the “Godfather” of cigars.

“We are a part of the next generation of the premium cigar business and Ernesto is a legend,” Bradley said. “As Alec and I began learning the processes, we started to appreciate all facets of the business. Though we are under the Alec Bradley Cigar Co. umbrella, my brother and I want to provide enthusiasts with an experience different from the Alec Bradley portfolio- the opportunity to work with Ernesto and Dominican tobaccos is something completely different from anything coming out of Alec Bradley.”

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