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Updated on April 24, 2018


Nicaraguan riots continue, cigar industry remains safe


EP Carrillo releases Encore after 2 year delay


Room 101 and Lost & Found collaborate for a new limited project called Super Stroke


Camacho Coyolar returns


Aging Room will release Small Batch Puro Cepa in May


Michael Giannini announced as General Manager of Ventura Cigars


Altadis USA Announces Montecristo Artisan as TAA Release


Tatuaje Announces TAA 50th


Crowned Heads Announces Angels Anvil 2018


Southern Draw Announces Ignite Series


Kristoff Releases New Corona size for Three Core Lines


General Cigars release Macanudo Inspirado Red


Tatuaje 15th Anniversary to be released at IPCPR


Nestor Miranda 75th to be Released by Miami Cigars


AJ Fernandez To Release New Ramon Allones


Tatuaje and L'Atelier Merge


Sean Casper Leaves L'Atelier Imports


STG CFO Resigns


Alec Bradley Medalist to be Released in April


Casa de Montecristo Partners with Man Cave Cigars For New Store


Habanos SA Shows Record Sales This Year


Room 101 Pre Release New Cigar Called The Farce


Macanudo Releases Inspirado Red


Festival del Habano Begins


Camacho Candela Returns This March


Espinosas limited Wasabi will see its return this spring


The ProCigar Dominican Festival has begun


Lotus adds new branded ashtrays to its repertoire


Alec Bradley Filthy Hooligan will return just in time for St. Patrick's Day


CLE not opening any new accounts for 2018

The Crowned Heads adds Belicoso Fino size to Le Careme

 

Colibri adds new colors to Moncao Lighters

 

Montecristo Ciuidad de Musica from the Crowned heads heads to TAA stores

 

Avo 30 Years to be released in March

 

Select stores are now able to sell the $100 Muestra de Saka Unicorn from Dunbarton TobaccoXikar is purchased by Quality Importers

 

Black Label Trading Company releases S&R to retailers this week

 

Tobacco Plus Expo Underway in Las Vegas

 

Lotus Debuts Serrated Blade Cutter at TPESTG, owner of Cigars International, purchases Tampa-based Thompson Cigars for $62 million.


Arturo Fuente announces Nicaraguan Factory


The 2018 Puro Sabor Nicaraguan Festival is in full swing!  


Altadis USA has added new members to its ever expanding marketing department  


The new Romeo San Andres is on its way to retailers  


Several Texas based cigar shops are suing the FDA over new regulations  


Tatuaje has released the epic Broadleaf collection to select retailers  


Montecristo Epic Craft Cured receives 91 Rating in Halfwheel

 

Foundations Wise Man Maduro is named #1 Overall Cigar of the Year in Halfwheels the Consensus

 

Casa de Montecristo Acquires two new stores in Tampa

 

Davidoff Celebrates 50 Years in the Premium Cigar Industry


Camachos new Diploma takes top spot for HalfWheels 2017 packaging awards. 


 Ike Karipides, long time associate of Nat Sherman, has joined Drew Estate as their director for Specialty retail. . 


 Arturo Fuente Don Carlos takes #1 Spot on Cigar Aficionado Top 25 2017. 


 A new Montecristo/Plasencia collaboration, Montecristo Epic Craft Cured, is on its way to retailers. 


 Cigar Dojo Releases Top list for 2017- UnderCrown Sungrown and Wise Man Maduro take #1 and #2 Spots. 


 FQ Proper is finally being launched this February. 


 Viaje has added a maduro to its popular Circa 45 line. 


 Gilberto Oliva, patriarch of Oliva Cigars,  has passed away at 86 years old. 


 Jose Padron, Founder of Padron Cigars, has passed away 91 years old. 


 The T has finally been released.  This is much awaited collaboration between Robert Caldwell, Matt booth, and AJ Fernandez. 


Altadis USA is releasing a Montecristo in collaboration with The Crowned Heads.  The Montecristo Ciudad de Música, Spanish for City of Music, takes its name from Nashville, Tennessee, headquarters of The Crowned Heads.  . 


 Davidoffs 2018 release, Year of the Dog, has garnered high ratings across the board. 


 HVC releases its annual Black Friday limited edition for Serious Cigars. 


 Xikar Avalanche Set Now Available in stores. 


John Miller is the New CEO of Swisher International. 


Davidoff will be shipping New Year of the Dog starting November 1st.


Raphael Nodal has been named the head of Product Capability for Altadis USA.  He will oversee all Tobacco operations for the manufacturer. .


Robert Caldwell is releasing two new blends from his Lost and Found Series.  Although originally only available in Sweden, Robert has announced they will now be offered in the US. .


Foundation founder Nick Melillo has taken over full distribution of his Upsetters line.  Formerly, distribution was being handled by Miami Cigar & Co. .


Fratello has begun to ship its brand new Navetta line.  It was made to honor founder Omar Frias’s time working for NASA. It uses tobaccos from Ecuador, the Dominican Republic, and Nicaragua. .


The newest addition to the Tatuaje Monster Series has begun to hit the shelves.  Named “The Michael” after Michael Myers, it features an Ecuadorian Habano wrapper over Nicaraguan filler and binder tobaccos. .


The new Pappy Van Winkle Tradition has begun to ship to retailers.  This is the second incarnation of the Pappy Van Winkle cigar from Drew Estate.  The first was a limited edition that was sold exclusively through the Pappy Van Winkle website.  This addition will be a general release.


Davidoff has released the final two additions to its new Master Selection Line. .


Late last month, a truck load of cigars from Drew Estate was stolen.  The truck mostly contained Tabak Especial and Undercrown Shade. The investigation is ongoing. .


601 cigars have gone through some changes over the past couple years. Eddie and Erik ended their partnership to both pursue their own brands. They are still good friends. While there are a couple lines of the 601 left, most are gone forever. The best selling 601 Maduro was the all time favorite.

 

Camacho has discontinued the following cigar lines: Coyolar, SLR Select and 10th Anniversary. Their portfolio has been slimmed form 11 lines to 6: Corojo, Corojo Maduro, Connecticut, Criollo (previously Havana), Triple Maduro and Diploma. Of these six, all except the Triple Maduro and Connecticut have been re-blended.

 

Room 101 OSOK was a limited edition cigar created by Matt Booth to honor Edgar Hoill and is gone forever. we are happy the Namakubi EC line is a fusion of this wrapper and binder, with the filler of the original Namakubi line.

 

Rocky Patel has discontinued several lines: 1961, Decade Limitada, Squared, Patel Bros, Renaissance, Special Edition Humo Jaguar, Spring Collection, Summer Collection, Winter Collection. The brand continues with a nice selection of high quality cigars.

 

Butera Maduro cigars are gone forever, but the Royal Vintage and Vintage Select series are still available.

 

The Maria Guerrero brand was discontinued by the manufacturer in 2000. They are gone forever.

 

We no longer carry La Unica. These smooth, mellow to medium smokes featured a Connecticut wrapper.

 

La Escepcion Cigars are gone forever. Originally a Cuban brand that stood in the shadows of Hoyo de Monterrey until General Cigar unveiled its new expression of the brand by honoring its full-flavored tradition. La Escepcion debuted with a bold ensemble, boasting the world's first Ometepe binder. Handcrafted in Honduras, this medium-bodied smoke featured a unique blend of proprietary Nicaraguan tobaccos and was enveloped in lustrous Honduran Habano Talanga.

 

Padilla is bidding farewell to the following lines: Miami, Signature 1932, Dominus and Artemis.

 

Juan Lopez is no longer available. This stick, a dark and incredibly rich square pressed cigar, was made with 100% ultra rich Nicaraguan tobacco.

 

We bid farewell to Da Vinci Cigars. These smokes were known for their chocolaty brown Ecuadorian Sumatra wrapper that embraced a richly full-bodied Nicaraguan binder and filler.

 

H Upmann Classic cigars are gone forever. H Upmann has introduced a new blend, 1844 Reserve, that replaces the Classic.

 

EP Carrillo Short Run 2010 cigars are gone. These were, as they say, a short run and very limited. The Short Run 2011 is still available for your smoking pleasure.

 

Don Pepin El Centurion is back.

 

The 601 Ecuadorian Connecticut series is gone forever. This smoke was an exquisite blend of aged Nicaraguan tobaccos wrapped with a beautiful, rich and oily Ecuadorian Connecticut wrapper. Blended with rich, aromatic Nicaraguan fillers and binder, this is far richer and more full-bodied than any Connecticut wrapper cigar you have smoked. Oh, how we will miss you!

 

Defiance Cigars are no longer being manufactured. The brand was established for two simple reasons: to give cigar lovers a premium cigar with no equal and to give them a voice to fight for their right to smoke it!

 

601 Cubao series is no longer being manufactured. If this is your favorite brand, you better stock up while they last!

 

Romeo y Julieta has new packaging for their 1875 and Reserva Real lines. Same great blend with re-designed boxes.

 

Romeo y Julieta Edicion Limitada is, as its name suggests, a limited edition and is no longer being made. Get them while we have them.

 

Illusione Nosotros - Remember those? They were gone as soon as they hit the shelves. Nosotros was a great smoke that Drew Estate made for Illusione. Things just did not work out and BAM, they were gone. Retired for now.

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