June 19, 2019

Limited Edition Undercrown Shade SUPREMA Launches to Retailers Nationwide

Tuesday, June 18, 2019 — Miami, FL- Drew Estate announces today the launch of the limited edition Undercrown Shade SUPREMA to Drew Diplomat retailers nationwide. Undercrown Shade SUPREMA will be displayed in Drew Estate’s Booth at the IPCPR Convention and Tradeshow, held June 29-July 2, 2019 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

The Limited Edition Undercrown Shade SUPREMA is a 6 x 50-54 perfecto wrapped in a creamy Ecuadorian Connecticut Shade leaf, with rich Sumatran binder and filler leaves of Dominican Criollo 98, Nicaraguan Corojo, and Nicaragua Criollo. The limited vitola presents a bolder profile on the palate compared to core sizes while remaining a smooth smoking experience.

From the Wynwood Safehouse, Jonathan Drew President and Founder of Drew Estate highlights, “Since the release of Undercrown Shade in 2015, it has been a staple in humidors nationwide. We knew it was the right time to release the first Limited Edition for Undercrown Shade, and it’s packaged beautifully in a clean white box. These things are kicking like Judo, Bruce Lee lefts and rights, jabs to the mid-section. These won’t last!”

From the Drew Estate offices, Factory Spokesman Pedro Gomez notes, “Man, when Willy Herrera handed me this stick I immediately knew it was something special bro. Let me tell you something, when I lit this up with my morning cafe I knew I needed more, the creamy bold flavor coming off this SUPREMA is just supreme. Every Undercrown Shade fan needs to smoke this cigar. I’m telling you something.”

The Undercrown Shade SUPREMA is a 6 x 50-54 perfecto, packaged in a 5-count box with an MSRP of $47.99 and will be shipping in September. 

Casa Cuevas to release La Mandarria at 2019 IPCPR

(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.

President of Casa Cuevas Cigars, Luis Cuevas Jr. stated:” La Mandarria is a testament to the values that my father taught me as a child. He was a fighter who optimized the American dream. As a small cigar company, the robbery was an obstacle, but nothing he hasn’t been able to deal with in his storied past. The Mandarria represents the principal tool used against us, but also represents the strength and will of my father. We look forward to sharing “La Mandarria” with the public in Las Vegas at the 2019 IPCPR”.

The Mandarria is a full-bodied cigar that will be offered in only one vitola. The 6X52 Toro was chosen as Master Blender Luis Cuevas Sr. felt this vitola was a perfect balance between its strength, which is a representation of the “Mandarria” name, and the cigar’s nuanced flavors.

Wrapped in beautiful Ecuadorean Habano wrapper and featuring a pig tail and shaggy foot, these cigars will be the first full-body and full-strength cigars in the Casa Cuevas line-up. MSRP is $12.00 per cigar, and initial production will be limited to 500 boxes.

Casa Cuevas Cigars will also present the newly announced Cuevas Reserva brand, as well as the core Casa Cuevas line of cigars at their first ever booth (855) at the IPCPR at the Sands Convention center, Las Vegas.

BLTC announces new cigar; Last Rites Viaticum

Black Label Trading Company announced that LAST RITES VIATICUM will be available to BLTC retailers at this years IPCPR.  Viaticum is a small batch release offered on a first-come, first-serve basis to retailers attending IPCPR 2019.  Shipping set for this fall.

"We wanted to release a cigar exclusively for IPCPR attendees as a way of showing our appreciation for the retailers who come to support our brands and the show. Last Rites has always been a special cigar to me. It was the first cigar I blended on my own, and I blended it to my personal tastes. It's everything I wanted out of a cigar and a perfect representation of Black Label Trading Co. To celebrate our sixth anniversary, I wanted to do a Special Edition of the Last Rites. The Viaticum is an evolution of the Last Rites blend. It uses most of the same tobaccos but in different proportions and primings. It's rich, dark and elegant just like Nicaraguan tobacco. We also box pressed the cigar like the original 2013 release," says James Brown, creator of BLTC and partner at Fabrica Oveja Negra.

Country of Origin: Nicaragua
Wrapper: Ecuador Maduro
Binder: Honduras Habano
Filler: Nicaraguan / Honduran
Robusto – 5 x 54 Box Press (20 count)

Carrillo Cigar Co. will begin shipping its 2019 TAA Exclusive this week

Carrillo Cigar Co. will begin shipping its 2019 TAA Exclusive this week, which is the La Historia TAA 656, measuring 6 inches long by 56 ring gauge.

Ernesto Perez-Carrillo, one of a select few members of the Cigar Aficionado Hall of Fame, is known for creating not only the Encore Majestic 96 rated #1 Cigar of the Year, but also for being one of the first to put big ring gauge cigars in the market.  As Ernesto likes to say, “Even non-big ring gauge cigar lovers can enjoy Carrillo Cigars big ring gauges.” Ernesto strives to make big ring gauge cigars an everyday favorite and feels that this 56 ring gauge new size in the La Historia blend brings out the type of complexity and flavors he likes in a cigar.

La Historia TAA  656 is made in the Dominican Republic at Perez-Carrillo’s Tabacalera La Alianza factory. The cigars consist of a dark, Mexican wrapper, Ecuadoran binder and Nicaraguan filler, the same blend as the La Historia E-III which was named by Cigar Aficionado the #2 cigar of the year in 2014.

The TAA 656 will retail for $11.50 per smoke and come in 10-count boxes.  TAA exclusives such as this one are made especially for retailers who are part of the Tobacconists’ Association of America. 

June 18, 2019

Cinco Décadas Fundador; Paying tribute to the visionary businessmen that started all.

 Friday, June 14, 2019 — Estelí, Nicaragua – In 2018, Joya de Nicaragua celebrated its 50th anniversary by sharing with consumers around the world the best cigar that has ever come out of its factory: Cinco Décadas.  From the very first day the company’s strength has lied in its people, who have always been committed to achieving the highest levels of excellence.  Today we pay tribute to the visionaries that ignited the Nicaraguan cigar industry,  Juan Francisco Bermejo and Simón Camacho.  Now, the finest blend of Cinco Decades honors their lofty standard, therefore we named it Fundador.

“When we conceived the concept of the brand, we decided that every year until the next big anniversary, we would nationally release a size that would pay tribute to key characters that shaped the story of our company, and thus, today we commemorate the vision of two immigrant businessmen that transformed our country” said Dr. Alejandro Martinez Cuenca, Chairman and Owner of Joya de Nicaragua.

Cinco Décadas, with a perfect construction, is a cigar of unparalleled elegance. Made exclusively with our prime extra-vintage leaves taken from our most exclusive collection of tobaccos, it carries an immaculate balance accompanied by a luxurious complexity of sweet and spicy flavors. Its silky-smooth smoke delivers a rich and fulfilling experience.

“This stunning cigar comes in a 6 x 54 soft pressed format that will captivate you the moment you light it” extolled Dr. Martínez Cuenca.  This Gran Toro comes in a 10ct box with an MSRP of $20 per stick, and will only be available at selected retailers around the world. In the United States it is a DDRP Exclusive product, that will be shipping as of July 2019.

Cinco Décadas Fundador will be showcased this June at the 87th IPCPR Convention and Trade Show in Las Vegas for all US retailers, and at Intertabac in Dortmund in September.  We invite all to rise to the occasion and pay tribute to those who made it possible for us to enjoy Nicaraguan cigars around the world, and to already expect next year’s commemoration to other protagonists of the story of The Most Nicaraguan Cigar.

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

 New 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:

Wrapper - Ecuador Habano
Binder - Sumatra
Filler - Dominican Piloto, Seco HVA

The Dominican Blue is expressed in two vitolas and comes packaged in 20-count boxes:
Short Pyramid (5 x 50) - MSRP $8.00
Pigtail Finished Toro (6 x 52) - MSRP $9.00

If you are attending the 2019 IPCPR, Vintage Rock-A-Feller Cigars Group invites you to experience the Dominican Blue at booth 2371, along with the rest of the VRCG line.

The Dominican Blue will be a VRCG core line and will be shipping to retailers directly after the IPCPR.

About Victor De La Cruz

Victor began working in the cigar industry when he was just 7 years old. He started by preparing the materials for the rollers at Tabacalera La V De La Victoria. In 1963, when he was 12 years old, Victor started working as a roller for the company.

June 17, 2019

Drew Estate Unveils A Variety of Tubos with Merchandising Solutions for National Release

Monday, June 17, 2019 — Miami, FL- Drew Estate announces the national release of Tubos of their most popular brands including ACID Kuba Deluxe, Undercrown Maduro, Undercrown Shade, Undercrown Sun Grown, Tabak Especial Dulce, Tabak Especial Negra, as well as Kentucky Fire Cured and Kentucky Fire Cured Sweets. The Drew Estate Tubos will be displayed in Drew Estate’s Booth at the IPCPR Convention and Tradeshow, held June 29-July 2, 2019 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

The released Tubos are shipping alongside a retail counter merchandising solution and are packaged in 25 count bundles. These solutions are designed to prominently display these cigars to the retail customer, effective both in the humidor and on the counter.

From Wynwood Safehouse, Jonathan Drew President and Founder of Drew Estate notes, “The Tubo collection serves our brick & mortar Retailers with on-the-run options for their increasingly mobile customers.  These days, dudes and dudettes are jumpin on a CityBike with their Go-Pro and Yeti, ready for wild ass Instagramming. We built our Tubos to withstand small, curbside accidents and other unanticipated mobile risks. Drew Estate cares.”

The following Tubos are packaged in 25 count bundles and shipping in September with a retail merchandising solution:

ACID Kuba Deluxe Toro Tubo 6” x 52 MSRP $300.00/bundle of 25
Undercrown Maduro Toro Tubo 6” x 52 MSRP $223.00/bundle of 25
Undercrown Shade Toro Tubo 6” x 52 MSRP $223.00/bundle of 25
Undercrown Sun Grown Toro Tubo 6” x 52  MSRP $223.00/bundle of 25
Tabak Especial Dulce Toro Tubo 6” x 52 MSRP $232.00/bundle of 25
Tabak Especial Negra Toro Tubo 6” x 52 MSRP $232.00/bundle of 25
Kentucky Fire Cured Just a Friend Tubo 6” x 52 MSRP $187.50/bundle of 25
Kentucky Fire Cured Just a Friend Sweets Tubo 6” x 52  MSRP $187.50/bundle of 25

For full coverage of Drew Estate Tubos and all of Drew Estate’s IPCPR national releases check out our 2019 #DEIPCPR promotion at www.drewestate.com/IPCPR. If you are attending IPCPR stop by for a smoke at the Drew Estate Booth (Booth #3213), and a crafted ACID cocktail under the Water Tower.

Protocol Sir Robert Peel

Pennsylvania (Monday June 17, 2019) —

Cubariqueño 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.

June 16, 2019

Viaje Super Shot 2019 10 Ga. (3 1/2 x 54)

Video review HERE.

(Description taken from Cigar-Coop.com website)
Viaje Cigars has announced that the Viaje Super Shot, a short smoke reminiscent of a shotgun shell, will be making a return in 2019.   The name for the Super Shot comes from Farkas’ interest in clay shooting. Farkas was hoping to create a short smoke to have while taking a break in between shooting.   The line made its debut in 2012 with the Criollo blend.  The Super Shot made a return in 2013 with both the Criollo and a Corojo blend.  Since then, the Viaje Super Shot has returned with its original blend in 2015, 2017, 2018, and 2019.

As with the previous installments of the core Super Shot line, there are two vitolas. Each vitola is sized to represent the Shotgun shells – a 10 gauge (3 1/2 x 54) and a 12 gauge (3 1/4 x 52).  The cigars will come in 25-count boxes looking like a Shotgun Shells box.  As with all releases, the Viaje Super Shot 2018 is a small batch release. The cigars are currently en-route to retailers. Viaje has said the allocation to retailers resulted in a sell out of their inventory for this year.

Blend info:
Wrapper: Nicaraguan criollo 98 
Binder: Nicaraguan
Filler: Nicaraguan

Vitolas available:
10 ga. 3 1/2 x 54 (REVIEWED TODAY)
12 ga. 3 1/4 x 52

The cigar has a very oily wrapper with an absolutely closed foot.

There was no need to test draw the cigar with it's closed foot so I lit the cigar and gave the cigar a test draw. It drew well. The initial flavors at light up were a tangy orange citrus with brown sugar and cinnamon but immediately following the sweet flavors was a mountain of leather and black coffee with quite a bit of nutmeg bridging the sweeter flavors and the darker notes. There was a nice amount of black pepper which I rated at a 7 1/2 to 8. The cigar is quite dense so going slow will be the rule with this cigar for an even burn.

At the first third (21 minutes) the flavors settled down quite a bit. The overpowering leather and black coffee toned down and the sweeter notes went up bringing the cigar is somewhat of a balance. The cigar tastes pretty good at this point. The orange citrus, brown sugar, and cinnamon are quite nice. The flavors are bold and full flavored but the actual strength at this point is medium to full bodied. The finish has some citrus, nutmeg, and a nice lingering black pepper. Again, you must smoke this cigar slowly to get an even burn and get the best flavors. I rated the first third a 93.

At the second third (45 minutes) the flavors are changing. In the second third I lost a lot of the nice, tangy citrus, brown sugar, and cinnamon notes due to the rising leather, nutmeg, and black coffee. The pendulum started swinging back to the darker side. The cigar is very close to full bodied at this point. The finish has a lot more nutmeg now with a little brown sugar. The citrus notes are very decreased. The lingering black pepper is up. I rated the second third at 91.

The cigar lasted 1 hour 3 minutes. A rather long burn time for just a 3 1/2 inch cigar. The pendulum kept going on an upward trajectory with the sweeter notes but it didn't quite get to a point that I would raise the score. I maintained the score of 91 for the final third. The sweetness did rise a little. The cigar is full bodied. The flavors are nice but the cigar is a little heavy on leather, nutmeg, and black coffee. The finish is unchanged. This was a good cigar overall and you get a nice burn time for such a short vitola.

Overall Score: 91.67

June 15, 2019

Drew Estate Announces the National Release of Frenchies in Both the ACID and Tabak Especial Brands

Friday, June 14, 2019 — Miami, FL- Voila! Drew Estate announces today the nationwide release of a series of Frenchies, quick smokes, under the ACID and Tabak Especial brands. Frenchies were showcased at the 2019 TPE trade show and will be displayed in Drew Estate’s Booth at the IPCPR Convention and Tradeshow, held June 29-July 2, 2019 in Las Vegas Nevada.

The ACID and Tabak Especial Frenchies are 3 3/4” x 20 small cigars. ACID Frenchies are packaged in both 5 and 10 count packs, while the Tabak Especial Frenchies are sold in 10 count packs only. Each is shipped in a shelf merchandising sleeve of 10 packs for retailer convenience, with each pack individually humidified with Boveda for placement inside the humidor, on the planogram or at the register.

The ACID Frenchies are small cigars wrapped in a lush Sumatran wrapper with Nicaraguan fillers, producing a delightful, sweet, pleasing, smoke. The Tabak Especial Frenchies are wrapped in smooth Ecuadorian Connecticut Shade with Nicaraguan fillers that are perfect to pair with your cup of coffee in the morning.

From the Wynwood Safehouse, Drew Estate President and Founder Jonathan Drew adds, “Frenchies are truly small cigars, packaged in a mass market style box that’s easy breezy for the fast-paced smoker. These small cigars produce volumes of velvety smoke and are nice and sweet, so delicious…voila!! “

The ACID Frenchies are available in September as follows:

ACID Frenchies 5-Count pack MSRP $5.50/pack, shipped in shelf sleeves of 10
ACID Frenchies 10-Count pack MSRP $10.00/pack, shipped in shelf sleeves of 10
The Tabak Especial Frenchies are available in September as follows:

Tabak Especial Frenchies 10-Count pack with an MSRP of $10.00, shipped in sleeves of 10.
For full coverage of ACID and Tabak Especial Frenchies and all of Drew Estate’s IPCPR national releases check out our 2019 #DEIPCPR promotion at www.drewestate.com/IPCPR. If you are attending IPCPR stop by for a smoke at the Drew Estate Booth (Booth #3213), and a crafted ACID cocktail under the Water Tower.

June 14, 2019

Joya de Nicaragua invites you to keep daring and experience an intense CT smoke

Antaño CT: a cigar for defiant souls

Friday, June 14, 2019 — Esteli, Nicaragua–  With its silky-smooth Connecticut shade wrapper, it may seem tamer than its bolder Antaño brethren. Don’t be fooled. Antaño CT is a masterful and paradoxical blend of what a cigar with attitude can be. A cigar that defies expectations; a smoke for those with defying souls.  Antaño in Spanish means ‘Yesteryear’, a word that perfectly expresses the soul of the Joya de Nicaragua Antaños. The first blend of this family was released almost 20 years ago as a tribute to the power and the essence of the “The True Nicaraguan Puro” that made Joya de Nicaragua the most sought-after cigar in the United States in the 1970s, during the post-Cuban embargo.

“Today, Antaño is not just one cigar blend, it is a family of products that invite smokers to Keep Daring, to try powerful and intense blends with distinctive Nicaraguan character. That is why we invite cigar lovers to dare to try the Antaño interpretation of what a Connecticut wrapped cigar should be” said Juan Ignacio Martínez, Executive President at Joya de Nicaragua.

Antaño CT, with its Ecuadorian Connecticut Shade wrapper, and Nicaraguan fillers and binder, delivers a medium to full body and strength, with dynamic creaminess and intense spicy notes. Intentionally pungent to showcase the contrasts between the expected subtleties of the CT shade, and the rich and potent flavors of Nicaraguan tobacco.

“This smoke is definitely an intense experience, the intriguing result of master blenders on a paradoxical quest: the creation of a flavor bomb like the rest of the Antaños but with this wrapper. It became a real challenge for us at the factory, torcedores and blenders, we all wanted to defy an industry mantra, we knew we could make a truly interesting CT cigar” expressed Mario Pérez, Joya de Nicaragua’s Factory Manager.

The Antaño CT line will come in 20 count boxes, in 4 different sizes: 6x54 Belicoso (MSRP $ 9.90), 6x50 Toro (MSRP $9.70), 5x52 Robusto (MSRP $8.45), and 5¼x46 Corona Gorda (MSRP $8.00). Shipments to stores nationwide will start in July 2019, after being shocased at the 87th IPCPR Convention and Trade Show in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Changes in Management of Scandinavian Tobacco Group’s North America Branded Business Division

Richmond, VA - Scandinavian Tobacco Group announces that Régis Broersma, President
of General Cigar and Senior Vice President of Scandinavian Tobacco Group’s North America Branded Business Division (General Cigar, Scandinavian Tobacco Group Lane and
Scandinavian Tobacco Group Canada) has accepted a new role in Scandinavian Tobacco
Group (STG) and will be relocating to Europa shortly to take over the responsibility of the
company’s Smoking Tobacco & Accessories Division.

Scandinavian Tobacco Group is the parent company of General Cigar.

Régis Broersma joined Scandinavian Tobacco Group in 2002 and has over the years held
several marketing and leadership roles in the company. He has been President of General
Cigar since 2016 and Senior Vice President of the North America Branded Business Division since 2018.

The search for a new President of General Cigar and Senior Vice President of the STG
North America Branded Business Division has commenced. Until a permanent successor is
in place, Régis Broersma will continue to lead General Cigar and the North America
Branded Business Division with Gene Richter, VP US Sales Premium, taking on further responsibility of Mass Market Sales US, Commercial Excellence and Contract Manufacturing.
The latter two roles will be on an interim basis until a successor for Régis Broersma has
been identified.

Régis Broersma says: “I have thoroughly enjoyed my time in the US and with General Cigar
- and will surely miss both the organization, our customers, business partners and of course
the premium cigar category. I look very much forward to my new challenge and am confident that the current leadership team and the business as a whole is well-equipped to deliver greatness going forward."