The once popular but now practically forgotten OneOff brand is now in new hands. Dion Giolito, creator of Illusione cigars, has purchased the OneOff trademark and has every intention of revitalizing this small boutique line of smokes. 2017-09-18T00:00:00Z Read More...(Cigar Aficionado)
Cigar Friendly Bill Passes In House of Representatives
There's some encouraging news in the cigar industry's fight against the FDA. The U.S. House of Representatives passed a bill yesterday afternoon that would prevent the Food & Drug Administration from using funds to regulate the premium cigar industry. 2017-09-15T00:00:00Z Read More...(Cigar Aficionado)
Cigars Announced For 2017 Big Smoke Las Vegas
The Big Smoke Las Vegas is more than an opportunity to greet your favorite cigarmakers, participate in engaging seminars, and enjoy the camaraderie of fellow aficionados, it's also the chance to try an array of premium cigars that come included with your Big Smoke Evening ticket. 2017-09-15T00:00:00Z Read More...(Cigar Aficionado)
Hurricane Irma Closes Many Florida Cigar Companies
The effects of Hurricane Irma were felt up and down the entire state of Florida. Powerful winds, a heavy storm surge and serious rains killed at least 12 people, knocked out power to an estimated 5 million homes and damaged thousands of homes and businesses. Much of the premium cigar industry is headquartered in Florida—and many members of the cigar business live there—so Cigar Aficionado reached out to see how they weathered the storm. Many have been forced to temporarily suspend business, largely due to power outages, the lack of shipping services and the impact to employees' homes. Here are their stories. 2017-09-13T00:00:00Z Read More...(Cigar Aficionado)
Have you ever heard the cranky old-timers complain that the cigars they used to smoke tasted different? They’re not just waxing poetic about a bygone era. They’re actually correct. Cigar tobacco today certainly isn’t the same as it was 50 years ago. 2017-09-12T00:00:00Z Read More...(Cigar Aficionado)
Trinidad Santiago Shipping this Month
Trinidad has gone full Dominican. A new cigar from Altadis U.S.A. called Trinidad Santiago is slated to hit store shelves by the end of September, and it's made with only Dominican tobacco. The new smokes were blended by Rafael Nodal of Boutique Blends fame—best known for his Aging Room line of cigars. 2017-09-11T00:00:00Z Read More...(Cigar Aficionado)
Hurricane Irma Moves Through Cigar Country
The world has been watching the destruction caused by Hurricane Irma, one of the most powerful hurricanes ever formed in the Atlantic Ocean. The storm made its first landfall on the tiny island of Barbuda on September 6 at peak intensity, packing sustained winds of 185 miles per hour and tore the island apart. It wreaked considerable damage on other islands as it moved northwest, striking St. Barthélemy, St. Martin and the British Virgin Islands including Anguilla. At least 19 deaths have been reported from the storm so far. 2017-09-08T00:00:00Z Read More...(Cigar Aficionado)
Houston Tobacconists Weather Hurricane Harvey
Business partners Daniel Goodwin and Cheryl Greenwald have more than 30 years of retail tobacco experience between them. Eight years ago they branched out on their own, opening Cigar Towne off Eldridge Parkway in Houston, less than two miles from the Barker Reservoir. 2017-09-07T00:00:00Z Read More...(Cigar Aficionado)
One (Or More) Of These 19 High-Scoring Cigars Should Be Your Next Smoke
Our June 2017 Cigar Aficionado tasting, now available to view on our website, shows how well non-Cuban cigars can stand toe-to-toe with smokes from Havana. Each of the top-scoring cigars are made outside of Cuba, while 13 other non-Cuban cigars rated 91 points or higher by our panel of editors. In comparison, only two Cuban cigars reached the 91-point mark. 2017-09-06T00:00:00Z Read More...(Cigar Aficionado)
Pacific Cigar Co. Founder David Tang Dies At 63
Sir David Tang, chairman of the Pacific Cigar Co., the exclusive Cuban cigar distributor for the Asia Pacific region, died of liver cancer last night at the Royal Marsden Hospital in England. The Hong Kong businessman was 63 years old. 2017-08-30T00:00:00Z Read More...(Cigar Aficionado)
MoyaRuiz The Chinese Finger Trap
In 2015 MoyaRuiz released The Chinese Finger Trap, which was the second of what would be three limited edition cigars for the company. The first was the La Jugada Nunchuck in 2014, followed by The Chinese Finger Trap in 2015 and finished with the Dim Mak in 2016. All three ...
Dion Giolito has purchased the rights to the OneOff cigars. The Illusione founder purchased the trademark from Cuban Crafters, which has owned the brand for the better part of the last decade. OneOff is remembered not for its time with Cuban Crafters, but its cigars of the early and mid-2000s. ...
NyB Cigars, the company behind the La Ley and Nicarao brands, has announced its newest line: La Preferida. It will be shown at this week’s InterTabac trade fair in Dortmund, Germany and began shipping to markets in October. The new line uses an Ecuadorian habano Colorado wrapper, a Mexican binder ...
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When MBombay announced it was adding a maduro version of its Gaaja line, the plan was for it to come in two vitolas. However, earlier this year when the company began shipping the new line, it shipped only one size: a 6 1/2 x 54 box-pressed Torpedo. As I found ...
If you’re looking to make news in the cigar industry, one sure fire way is to be a big name and announce you’re leaving it. Another is to be a big name who has left the industry but has announced a return. Matt Booth did both this year. In January ...
Another city has snuffed out smoking and tobacco use in its city parks this week, as the Glastonbury, Conn. City Council voted 8-1 in favor of an ordinance banning smoking in city-owned parks and recreation areas. While the ban is fairly all-encompassing, the ordinance includes language that allows for certain ...
Tucked into the Foundation Cigar Co.’s booth during the 2017 IPCPR Convention & Trade Show was a unique project that brought together Foundation owner Nicholas Melilla and Sir George Herbert, the 8th Earl of Carnarvon and current owner of Highclere Castle. If you have heard of Highclere Castle, you are probably a ...
La Palina Goldie Toro Arrives at Retail, Now Crafted by New Hands
If there are two things that La Palina’s Goldie line has been associated with since its debut in the summer of 2012, it’s high demand and the hands of Maria Sierra, the roller who created every single cigar to bear the La Palina Goldie band. Now, the latter of those ...
No, not that Juneau. Juneau, Wis. has banned smoking at its city parks. The new law passed 4-1 on Tuesday night. It will ban smoking at parks, public playgrounds and restrooms, along with 10 feet from the entrance of the Juneau Community Center according to the Watertown Daily Times. Fines will be ...
“Todos Las Dias is my personal Spanglish translation meaning ‘All the Days,’” said Steve Saka, Dunbarton’s owner, in a press release. “The workers at Joya de Nicaraguan often cringe at my casual butchering of their mother tongue, but in my opinion cigars are far more than a grammar lesson to abide, they are the physical manifestation of a feeling and of an experience. It is a supple, sungrown Cuban Seed capa which encapsulates its intricate tripa recipe of rich Jalapa and Esteliano tobaccos. From the first puff, there is no... Fri, 08 Sep 2017 18:27:45 +0000 Read More...(TheCigarNut)
Cigar Review: Headley Grange by Crowned Heads
Following the huge success of Crowned Heads first addition to the cigar world - Four Kicks - which like many of their cigars, has a clear reference to music - this one in specific a song by the band Kings of Leon, the company has continued with branding, design and focus all their own. Being a group with close ties to the music industry and living in Nashville, incorporating the music industry into their cigars fit right in line with who they are. Sat, 26 Aug 2017 21:52:02 +0000 Read More...(TheCigarNut)
Undercrown Sun Grown
| STRENGTH: MEDIUM+ | BODY: FULL | TASTING NOTES: EARTHY, TOASTED OAK, HINTS OF SPICE AND MALT | The Undercrown is one of Drew Estate’s best selling core line cigars – birthed from the famed Liga Privada, which many of you may know was a private blend made for Steve Saka during his time at Drew Estate. The Undercrown was released in October of 2010 as a sort of “alternative” to the Liga Privada which was quite hard to find at the time. The story of the Undercrown is really... Thu, 17 Aug 2017 15:09:56 +0000 Read More...(TheCigarNut)
Fable Fourth Prime
| STRENGTH: FULL | BODY: FULL | TASTING NOTES: TOASTED OAK, BLACK PEPPER, HINTS OF CHOCOLATE AND HAZELNUTS | Last year, at the 84th annual IPCPR show in Las Vegas, I walked into the RomaCraft booth to just walk around and check out what was new over there. While at the booth, I noticed a single display for a company which I hadn’t heard of before: Fable. This piqued my interest so I went to take a few photos and as I did so, a gentleman by the name of... Mon, 14 Aug 2017 07:26:18 +0000 Read More...(TheCigarNut)
Hit & Run
| STRENGTH: MEDIUM | BODY: MEDIUM | TASTING NOTES: CEDAR, WHITE PEPPER, HINT OF CITRUS | In 2009 a former Marine turned Jeweler entered the cigar industry with a new perspective and unique flair that has echoed through the industry ever since. His name? Matt Booth of Room 101 brands. Now people seem to enter the industry all the time, coming in with what they believe is the hottest new thing, but few make it very far. The market soon realizes that it’s just the same thing they’ve seen time... Wed, 02 Aug 2017 16:36:35 +0000 Read More...(TheCigarNut)
Libation Review: Prairie Artisan Ales / Brewfist Spaghetti Western
Behind The Booze: While it is true that in the 1500’s Germany had made the decision that the only ingredients that would be in beer would be Barley, Hops and Water – as the craft beer market has changed over the years many brewers have decided to ‘change things up’ and include just about anything you can think of. Sometimes this decision is made for reaching specific flavor profiles, sometimes it is to stand out in a crowded market and sometimes it is simply an experiment to see if it... Sat, 22 Jul 2017 21:48:24 +0000 Read More...(TheCigarNut)