October 29, 2014

CIGAR DOJO APP ANNOUNCES LOYALTY & REWARDS PROGRAM FOR CIGAR SHOPS



Lakewood, Colorado (October 29, 2014) – Cigar Dojo, the social cigar app, is rolling out the all-new Loyalty & Rewards Program for brick & mortar cigar shops. With the Dojo’s huge install base and active community of cigar lovers, the new feature will take the Cigar Dojo app to a whole new level.

The Cigar Dojo Loyalty & Rewards Program is the 1st-ever viral cigar rewards program for brick and mortar cigar shops. With this new feature, users will be encouraged to purchase at their local cigar shop, incentivised by prizes that are completely customized by each and every shop in the program. As the customer earns points, they will create a viral “buzz” on social media for participating cigar shops. And best of all, the program runs itself. Cigar shop owners no longer need to create hand written notes to track rewards or purchase expensive point of sale equipment.

This is a huge win for both the customer and the retailer! Customers will enjoy the ease of use and social aspect of this new feature, while shops benefit not only from the simplicity, but also gain exposure with the first-of-its-kind viral component of the Cigar Dojo Loyalty and Rewards Program.

“Creating a viral loyalty & rewards program that benefits both the customer and the cigar shop was our goal and we believe we have created something very special.” stated Eric Guttormson, owner of the Cigar Dojo. He continued, “Not only does this new feature help shops retain and reward their loyal customers, but it helps bring in new customers as well. We are very excited and proud that we can help brick & mortar cigar shops strengthen their business.”

The Cigar Dojo app has an existing cigar shop locator built-in, but now with the Loyalty & Rewards feature, cigar shops can connect with their customers like never before. “This is just the beginning. We have huge plans for the new Loyalty & Rewards Program. We are already working on the next phase, which will allow shop owners their own online admin dashboard that will give them access to view trends and analytics regarding their loyalty program, as well as send messages to the people who are using the program. Just imagine how powerful that data will be for the shop owner. We are also planning to allow shop owners the option to tie the rewards program in with their existing point-of-sale machine for an even more robust system. We are committed to making this the best loyalty & rewards program - period,” stated Mr. Guttormson.

The Cigar Dojo is a free app that can be downloaded for iPhone or Android at their respective app stores.

The new feature is rolling out now and will cost a small annual fee for the shop owner. Cigar shops are encouraged to contact Cigar Dojo to have their shop set up for the program. More details on the program can be found at http://bestcigarapp.com/loyalty





October 26, 2014

BG Meyer Standard Issue Robusto by Camacho & Rob Weiss (5 x 50)







Video review HERE.


LOS ANGELES, CA (MONDAY, JUNE 09, 2014) –– Davidoff of Geneva USA and Rob Weiss are pleased to introduce the BG Meyer Standard Issue, an exciting new collaboration between the Hollywood writer, director, producer and Camacho Cigars. Weiss, a self-made challenger of convention, has been an avid cigar aficionado for over a decade. After joining Camacho’s “Board of the Bold” in 2013, an opportunity arose for Weiss to partner with Camacho on a label of his very own, the newly formed BG Meyer Co.


“The journey to find success in the entertainment industry is marked by many failures and fewer successes. It’s important to find happiness in the process. The same can be said for the cigar business. I have enjoyed the process of making these, almost as much as I have enjoyed smoking them. In the creation of cigars and stories there are similarities. You want your audience to feel fulfilled and fall in love. Whether it’s with a character who will influence their life, or a cigar that will accompany it,” said Rob Weiss.


The BG Meyer Standard Issue is a 100% Nicaraguan blend hand-built by AgroIndustrias Laepe S.A., in Danli, Honduras. The cigar is a medium to full intensity smoke featuring five different tobaccos that have aged for up to 8 years. Available in five popular formats, the Standard Issue is packed in boxes of twenty cigars and will retail from $8 to $10.


FORMATS:

Robusto (50 x 5) / $8.00

Toro (50 x 6) / $8.50

Churchill (48 x 7) / $9.00

Figurado (54 x 6 1/8) / $9.50

Gordo (60 x 6) / $10.00

BLEND:

Wrapper: Habano Nicaragua

Binder: Nicaragua (Esteli)

Filler: Nicaragua (Esteli, Jalapa, Ometepe)



The cigar is very well made and for a robusto it has a pretty nice feel in the hand.




The test draw after cutting the cap was effortless. The initial flavors were a combination of sweet cedar, cocoa and cinnamon with a lot of earth and black coffee notes. The black pepper was rated at an 8.5. The cigar is medium bodied and there is no doubt it will move upward.


About one inch in and I noticed this cigar produces a lot of smoke. The flavors have settled down into a nice buttery, sweet cedar and cocoa. The cinnamon notes are subtle. There are still a lot of earth and coffee notes but the are secondary now. The cigar is medium to full bodied at this point. There are also some dry wood notes mixed into the other flavors. The flavor mix is very nice. The buttery notes taste very nice. The finish is a buttery cream with some lingering black pepper.




At the midpoint you still have the same flavor mix. The cinnamon pops in and out but it's still around. The cocoa also comes and goes in intensity. The black pepper has actually increased. It is now rated at a 9. You really get the greatest intensity when you retrohale. The finish is unchanged and it is quite nice. The cigar is still medium to full bodied. 



The cigar ended with the flavor notes still jockying for dominance. They are all still there and at any given point you get more or less of each. The cigar is a low grade full bodied. The finish is the only thing that did not change. The buttery notes were quite nice in this cigar. The 3 main flavors of cedar, cocoa, and cinnamon worked very well with the buttery notes. The black pepper is a main  player in this cigar. It is quite intense and tasty. These cigars should be available anywhere that handles Camacho cigars. I enjoyed this cigar very much.



The sheath that around the cigar had this inscribed on it.





Score: 92

October 25, 2014

A. J. Fernandez New World Gobernador (Toro) 6 1/2 x 55






Video review HERE.


The New World Cigar is very special to A.J.’s heart as it is the first cigar he has created together with his father, Ismael Fernandez. Named in honor of the discovery of tobacco by the Christopher Columbus expedition in 1492, 

Wrapper: Dark Nicaragua
Binder: Jalapa
Filler: Blend of Ometepe, Condega and Estelí

This is a new cigar from A. J. I purchased 2 of them from a local shop. I had the first one previously and this is the second one. The cigar is well made and box pressed. It does not have the heavy feel in the hand of some other cigars of this size. 



The bottom band is actually a ribbon with the initials of A. J. The main band is very glossy and nicely decorated.

The test draw after cutting the cap was very good. The initial flavors were a pronounced orange citrus; no tanginess, just straight forward orange, brown sugar, and black coffee. The pepper is black pepper rated at a 7.5.



About 8 minutes in and one inch. The brown sugar has decreased but there are now nutmeg notes and earthiness. The orange citrus has also decreased. The cigar is medium bodied. The finish is a sweet cream with some lingering pepper.



At the midpoint and 35 minutes in. A lot of the overwhelming sweetness and orange citrus has toned down. There is more nutmeg than citrus at this point. There are also some notes of dry wood to go along with the earth and coffee. The finish is unchanged. The cigar is still medium bodied. 



The cigar ended at 1 hour 18 minutes, which is a little short for a toro of this size. Price point of this cigar was around $6 each. The flavor notes really changed at the end. There is some sweetness from what appears to be charred cedar. There are also earth and coffee notes. The orange citrus which started so nicely faded quickly, changing to nutmeg, and here at the end the nutmeg notes went away. The finish remained pretty much unchanged. The cigar reached medium to full bodied. This cigar made some major changes along the way. I loved the way it started but it quickly changed. The loss of orange citrus and all that amazing sweetness at the beginning was not a good thing for me. Although I am a fan of A. J.'s cigars this one made some drastic changes in a negative way.



Score: 90

October 12, 2014

Roberto P. Duran La Punta (6 x 54)





Video review HERE.


On the heels of their successful introduction of the Azan line of cigars in 2013 Roberto Duran Cigars is now introducing their premium line. This is the Roberto P. Duran. It pays homage to their Cuban roots and uses only premium tobaccos. Today's vitola is the La Punta, a 6 x 54 torpedo.

Wrapper: Ecuadorian Habano Crillo
Binder: Nicaraguan
Filler: Nicaraguan and other Latin America tobaccos (unknown)


Available in these sizes:
The Rio Toa (5 x 52)
La Punta (6 x 54) REVIEWED TODAY
Tainos (6 x 56)
Cocique Guama (6 x 60)


The cigar is beautiful and light in color. It's a little darker than a Connecticut wrapper and silky smooth looking. It has a nice density. It feels heavy in the hand.





I took the minimum cut from the cap and the test draw was great. The initial flavors were a sweet, tangy tangerine citrus with white chocolate and notes of dry nuts. The pepper is rated at an 8 and tastes like white pepper. The cigar is medium bodied at this point but I expect it to ramp up. The initial flavors are very impressive.


About 3/4 inch in the cigar is going along nicely but now there are brown sugar and nutmeg notes. The sweetness of brown sugar is very nice. The finish is very sweet. It is one of sweet cream with some brown sugar influence. There is a lot of lingering white pepper, which is very nice. The ash is salt and pepper in color and the cigar is burning evenly.




With about 3 inches remaining the citrus is the primary flavor. The roasted nuts are very noticeable. The nutmeg is subtle and the white chocolate is secondary. The brown sugar continues to give a lot of sweetness to the cigar. The cigar is approaching medium to full bodied. The finish is unchanged but I love the lingering white pepper.



The cigar did not have any major changes to the end. The citrus notes dominate, followed by the roasted nuts and brown sugar. I lost the white chocolate and nutmeg but that's ok. The cigar is now full bodied. The cigar continued to ramp up throughout. The finish is unchanged but again, I love the lingering white pepper!
A few notes: in the last 10 days General Cigar bought Torano Cigars. Jack Torano was hired by Roberto Duran Cigars and now will be working with them.

This cigar is very good. If your palate is similar to mine you will love this cigar. Truly worthy of a premium cigar. Loved it! Look for these at your local shop.



Score: 93

October 11, 2014

S. C. Sit Down no. 21

While this is the smaller of the two yearly events it is always attended by some hard core cigar lovers. The group was small; around 20 or so people but this group raised $600 for SisterCare, Inc.! Pretty good for such a small group. I had some cigars left over from the spring event so everyone left happy. Here are some pics of the day.











Thanks to everyone who attended. It is noteworthy that Eric Webster, who normally attends both the spring and fall events could not be here today but he still sent a check for SisterCare. Eric's a class act!

I hope to see everyone at the big spring event scheduled for the weekend after The Masters; Saturday, April 18th, 2015. 








October 09, 2014

ROBERTO P. DURAN PREMIUM CIGARS MAKES ANOTHER BOLD MOVE AS THEY HIRE JACK TORAÑO



(Miami, Florida) October 9, 2014— Roberto Pelayo Duran is proud to announce that Jack Toraño of the Toraño cigar family will now oversee sales in Florida and the Caribbean for Roberto P. Duran Premium Cigars. This announcement comes only days after the announcement of the hiring of Miguel Shoedel and Frank Cuden.

Jack Toraño spent 3 years with Toraño Family Cigar Company as Director of Marketing until its acquisition by General Cigars.

Roberto Pelayo Duran said: “Jack Toraño was an integral part of Toraño Family Cigar Company and we are ecstatic to have him on board at Roberto P. Duran Premium Cigar Company. Jack is very well known as he has travelled extensively and his popularity, charisma and four generations of tobacco heritage will go very far in helping us expand our brand.”

Jack Toraño said: “I wanted to take the time to find the company that matches my vision. I am excited to be working with Roberto Pelayo Duran who is as passionate about cigars as I am. Roberto P. Duran Premium Cigars is truly a boutique cigar company which owns its tobacco fields and creates their own cigars. The fact that we will be involved in everything from tobacco field all the way to the valued customer is what brought me here. Roberto Duran is creating a stellar team and I am happy to call Roberto P. Duran Premium Cigars my new home.

Roberto P. Duran began his life’s work in his homeland of Havana, Cuba where tobacco grabbed a hold of him, and never let go. Supervising the production of cigar manufacturing in Cuba was only the beginning as he later went on to assemble and manage distribution of all Cuban cigar brands for Asia at The Pacific Cigar Company Ltd. The creation of Roberto P. Duran Premium Cigars has given Roberto the platform to introduce a brand of cigars that offer the same quality, construction, and detail which he exceeded from those he supervised while in Cuba. Roberto P. Duran’s brands include Azan Cigars, Roberto P. Duran Premium Cigar, Neya, and Baracoa.

October 08, 2014

LA AURORA TO DONATE 11 CENTS FOR EVERY PICTURE RECEIVED VIA SOCIAL MEDIA IN SUPPORT OF THE FIGHT AGAINST DIABETES


(Miami, FL)- October 8, 2014--One picture, eleven cents: #LA111th. La Aurora turns 111 years old today and wants to celebrate with all the smokers in the world, inviting them to toast with Guillermo and Michelle León in celebration of such a special date. That being a reason to celebrate is also a reason to “give back.”  The company has announced a target to collect funds for one of the social programs supported by La Aurora. For every picture received by the brand’s social media, 11 cents will be donated to the Patronato de Lucha contra la Diabetes de Santiago de los Caballeros, a local institution that fights against diabetes disease. La Aurora will also use all the pictures received to adorn their tabaquería, in the factory, in an effort to make everyone feel part of La Aurora Family. The campaign "Become part of the family" invites everyone to have their own picture hung in La Aurora's facilities and we want to fill it all!


"La Aurora is a family and we want to invite all our friends from all around the world to join our family on this very special day in which we accomplish 111 years of history," said Guillermo León, president of La Aurora. "We want to share the joy of this celebration with all our employees, our International distributors, the tobacco shops and with all smokers and friends, with a double challenge. We aim to fill the factory walls with the pictures of so many friends and make a generous contribution to the research of such a cruel disease as diabetes.”

The hash tags that will be used to collect the pictures, on Twitter, Face book (https://www.facebook.com/LaAuroraCigars) and Instagram are #LA111th.

La Aurora's commitment is to keep everyone informed about their progress and the evolution of the factory walls. Become part of the family…



About La Aurora Cigars

La Aurora is the original cigar factory in Dominican Republic. Its master craftsman roll the best quality premium cigars since 1903, 111 years ago today. Located in Santiago de los Caballeros, the premium cigar capital of the world, La Aurora is a family owned company headed by Guillermo León, a fourth generation tobacco artisan, and is a symbol for all the Dominican people.



About the Patronato de Lucha contra la Diabetes

Between 8% and 10% of the global population is affected by diabetes, a disease that has turned into a world health problem, as it is not about social or economic level to develop it. Till now, there has been no programs to prevent and educate people about the fight against this disease in Dominican Republic nor to help people affected by it. Known as the "Epidemic of the century", this disease has no cure and its treatment costs are very high. The Patronato de Lucha Contra la Diabetes de Santiago is a NGO created to help and service people affected by diabetes with poor economic resources in Cibao Region.





About Miami Cigar & Co.
Miami Cigar & Co. proudly celebrates its 25th Year in the cigar industry. 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.

October 05, 2014

Cohiba Nicaragua En Crystale (5 x 50)






Video review HERE.


(from the General Cigar/Cohiba website)
Cohiba Nicaragua is the brand’s first cigar to be blended and handcrafted in Nicaragua.  A luxurious expression of the flavor and complexity of Nicaraguan tobacco, Cohiba Nicaragua is made with the finest hand-selected leaves from Estelí and Jalapa, and crowned with a lustrous Colorado oscuro wrapper. Cohiba Nicaragua ushers in an entirely new dimension of taste to the Cohiba portfolio.


These cigars were debuted at this year's IPCPR in Las Vegas. 


(from the Cigar Aficionado website)
It's made in Nicaragua at the Scandinavian Tobacco Group Estelí S.A. factory, and contains mostly Nicaraguan tobacco. Before production started on this brand, General made all of its Cohibas in the Dominican Republic.

Cohiba Nicaragua cigars come in four sizes: N45 at 4 inches by 45 ring gauge ($9.99); N54, 5 1/2 by 54 ($13.99); N60, 6 by 60 ($14.99); and N50 En Crystale, a 5 by 50 cigar that comes in a glass tube ($12.99).

All sizes will be packaged in 16-count boxes, save for the tubed N50 En Crystale, which will come in boxes of eight.

Cohiba Nicaragua should start shipping to retail shops in early October.


This is a beautiful cigar. The Honduran wrapper is reddish brown and very well made. The cigar feels very heavy in the hand. It has great density.




The test draw after cutting the cap was very good. The initial flavors were a massive amount of red pepper, which I rated at a 9! There is a mix of cinnamon and orange citrus, which goes along well with the red pepper. There are also some cream notes mixed in. The orange citrus is tangy and there are nice cinnamon notes to go along. A very good start.



3/4 inch in I would add black coffee as a base. The other flavors are correct. The finish is a sweet cream with a lot of lingering red pepper. I can't over emphasise the amount of red pepper in this cigar. It's amazing!



2 inches in there was a minor burn issue but it's correcting on it's own. The flavors now are a tangy, sweet cedar and cinnamon. There is a brown sugar sweetness to the flavors. The red pepper is still popping and the coffee is holding the base. The cigar is medium bodied at this point. It will probably increase. The red pepper may have toned down just a touch but there is still a massive amount.



Past the halfway point I removed the band and the ash is still intact! Very impressive. The cigar still has the same flavor notes. Notice the time. At just past halfway the cigar is almost an hour old!



With only about an inch left I am well over 1 hour 15 minutes in. This is a slow burning robusto, which is a good thing. There is a little richness in the cedar and cinnamon. I have lost the cream notes and I still have the coffee notes. However, there are now charred cedar notes. The finish is the same. Again, the red pepper is the star of this cigar. If you like red pepper you will love this cigar. Combine that with the sweet cedar and cinnamon along with charred cedar and coffee you have a very tasty cigar.

Oh, by the way, the ash did finally drop. Here it is in the ashtray. That's a 3 inch ash! Impressive.



The cigar finally ended at the 1 hour 28 minute mark! That's a long time for a robusto. The star of this cigar is the red pepper; hands down. But, the sweet cedar and cinnamon were a great addition. The charred cedar gave it an interesting addition. The black coffee did a great job holding the base.
We all know that Nicaragua is the hotbed of tobacco right now and the General Cigar folks and Cohiba have done a fantastic job on this cigar. This cigar runs around $12.99 each but when you get an hour and a half from it you get a pretty decent deal. A big tip of the hat to General Cigar and Cohiba. I loved this cigar and highly recommend it to everyone. Try it and taste the amazing red pepper and sweet cedar and cinnamon. Fantastic cigar.



Score: 95