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Saga Short Tales: Tales of High Priming

In 2016, Saga debuted one of the more interesting projects of recent memory. It was called Saga Short Tales, a collection of different blends and sizes all packaged in boxes that look like actual books and technically include packaging. While unique packaging is nothing new for the cigar industry, Saga’s ...

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Mon, 18 Mar 2019 23:00:47 +0000
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Casa de Montecristo Lands Exclusive Grupo de Maestros Private Batch

The Grupo de Maestros brand from Altadis U.S.A. now has an eponymous release, exclusive to Casa de Montecristo stores. It is a 6 1/8 x 52 belicoso made entirely of Dominican tobacco, priced at $13.50. The cigars have been aged for 10 years at the Tabacalera de García factory in ...

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Mon, 18 Mar 2019 22:37:21 +0000
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David Blanco Sues Tom Werther of Line of Duty Cigars

David Blanco and Blanco Cigar Co. has sued Tom Werther, the founder of Line of Duty Cigars over claims of defamation, libel and tortious interference. Per the lawsuit—filed in the Florida Circuit for the Sixth Judicial Circuit in Pinellas County, Fla.—Blanco claims the parties had an oral agreement which began ...

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Mon, 18 Mar 2019 22:00:19 +0000
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Eiroa Adding Dark Natural

Christian Eiroa’s latest line will use high priming corojo tobacco. The name is Dark Natural, a reference to the fact that the leaves used for this release are from higher primings, and as such, naturally darker than other parts of the plant once they have finished processing. “Because the leaves ...

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Mon, 18 Mar 2019 20:00:29 +0000
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Diesel Hair of the Dog Arrives in Stores

Last week, retailers around the country received the latest from General Cigar Co.’s Diesel brand. It’s called Diesel Hair of the Dog, a single size line offered in a 6 x 54 toro. The cigar uses an Ecuadorian habano wrapper over an Ecuadorian Sumatra binder and Nicaraguan habano fillers. Hair ...

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Mon, 18 Mar 2019 19:21:03 +0000
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La Flor Dominicana TAA 50 Returns for Segunda Edición, Maduro Wrapper

La Flor Dominicana’s TAA 50th Anniversary blend is back, this time with a new wrapper option and a new size. It’s called the La Flor Dominicana TAA 50 Segunda Edición, a pair of 6 1/2 x 54 box-pressed toros, that feature the same internal blend as last year’s TAA 50th. That ...

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Mon, 18 Mar 2019 18:10:53 +0000
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Nat Sherman Rebrands 1930 to Epoca Reserva

The Nat Sherman 1930 is now the Nat Sherman Epoca Reserva. Last year, Nat Sherman introduced new packaging for most of its portfolio. Notably not included in that list was 1930, a line the company introduced in 2013. Now the line will be known as Epoca Reserva. “This is the ...

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Mon, 18 Mar 2019 17:41:43 +0000
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XIKAR Tactical Lighter Released

XIKAR has announced its newest lighter, a triple-flame model known as Tactical ($99.99). The lighter uses three flames in a single row with the two outside flames angled 8 degrees towards the center, similar to the company’s Trezo model. XIKAR is promoting the durability aspect of the Tactical, which features ...

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Mon, 18 Mar 2019 15:44:38 +0000
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Weekly News (March 18, 2019)

En Memoriam Simon Chase, former Hunters & Frankau marketing director and Cuban cigar icon, 74 Cigar News A.J. Fernández New World Redondo Heading to TAA 2019 ACID Plush Shipping Next Month Cibao Brand Relaunched Through Smoke Miami Cigar Dojo & Cubariqueño Collaborate for Protocol Night Stick Crowned Heads Creates Sanctuary ...

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Mon, 18 Mar 2019 10:59:57 +0000
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Daughters of the Wind Robusto

When a cigar company adds a new size to one of its lines, it’s a pretty formulaic announcement and process. The company generally either had a request for a certain size or needed to adjust to changing market preferences, and as such developed the blend to work in that size, ...

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Sun, 17 Mar 2019 20:22:17 +0000
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La Imperiosa by Crowned Heads

| STRENGTH: MEDIUM+ | BODY: MEDIUM+ | TASTING NOTES: NUTTY, WOODY, HINTS OF FIG & PLUM | For those of you who were avid cigar smokers in the early 1900’s, the La Imperiosa brand may seem familiar. La Imperiosa, which translates to “The Imperative,” was a Cuban cigar brand popular in the early 1900’s but discontinued likely in 1962 when Cubatabaco took control of the Cuban Cigar Industry and got rid of thousands of Cuban Cigar brands which were registered between 1810 when the registration of Cuban Cigar brands began…
Tue, 03 Oct 2017 17:33:10 +0000
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Cigar Review: Quesada Q D’etat Molotov

Behind The Stick: The December 8th press release reads: December 8, 2011 — The Q d’etat line represents a symbolic revolt against the unfair taxation practices and mistreatment of the premium cigar industry. The brand is intended to create awareness of the dangers increased government regulation and taxation will produce, specifically the FDA’s desire to regulate premium cigars. There will be three sizes, released at different dates, of 1,000 ten-count boxes. Each box will contain a form to register for membership in Cigar Rights of America. The first of the…
Fri, 22 Sep 2017 23:15:04 +0000
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Cigar Review: Protocol Probable Cause Lancero

| STRENGTH: FULL | BODY: FULL | TASTING NOTES: SPICY, WOODY, HINTS OF ESPRESSO | In 2015 two police officers, Juan Cancel and Bill Ives, revealed the industry’s newest cigar brand: Cubariqueno! Launched nationally at the 2015 IPCPR trade show in New Orleans, Cubariqueno was created by two police officers, Juan Cancel & Bill Ives. The La Zona cigar factory in Esteli, Nicaragua is the chosen location where all Cubariqueno blends are created under the watchful eye of Erik Espinosa. Cubariqueno’s freshman release is the protocol. Originally a single blend…
Tue, 19 Sep 2017 15:22:54 +0000
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Cigar Review: Todos Las Dias

“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
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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
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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
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