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DREW ESTATE OPENS NEW 60,000 SQ FT LEAF PROCESSING FACILITY February 06 2014

On Friday, January 17th, Drew Estate Tobacco Company held a ribbon cutting ceremony at their new leaf processing facility, dubbed “DE2”. Built across the street from their La Gran Fabrica in Estelí, Nicaragua, the new facility is one of the largest, most state-of-the-art leaf processing operations in the world, specializing in dark air-cured tobaccos.  
The opening of “DE2” is a massive step deeper into vertical integration for the sixteen-year-old company, who currently resides as the third largest premium cigar company in the United States by sales.
Drew Estate has a daily production of approximately 95,000 long filler cigars, made entirely by hand, using natural leaf and absolutely no machines or homogenized tobaccos. “DE2” provides Drew Estate with the ability to drastically increase their scale for pilone curing and bail storage, as well as provide all of the necessary professional support services in leaf sorting, classification and analysis.
Ultimately, “DE2” will make the enormous Nicaraguan operation more efficient and more profitable, but not without certain sacrifice, as the “all in cost” was over $4,000,000 USD.
When reached for comment, Drew Estate President, Michael Cellucci shared that “the cost was significant for a privately held company, but the benefits to cigar quality, leaf curing control, tobacco aging, and overall administrative organization will make it all worth it as we have a long term commitment to our premium cigar business.”
In addition to the leaf processing facility, Drew Estate constructed a cafeteria and medical center within the same compound, again supporting the long-term paternalistic approach that the company considers a pillar of its success.
Drew Estate was honored by the presence of the Mayor of Estelí Francisco “Pancho” Valenzuela Blandon, who both participated in the cutting of the blue and white ribbon at the ceremony. Co-Founder Marvin Samel noted that “it is the wonderful people of Estelí, Nicaragua who provide the backbone to our art, and we wanted them to have the best, most modern facility in the world. I feel that we have accomplished this goal.”

NOMAD CIGAR COMPANY TO RELEASE NOMAD S-307 November 06 2013

July 1, 2013 (Esteli, Nicaragua) – Nomad Cigar Company is pleased to announce a new fall Nicaraguan blend called the Nomad S-307. The cigar scheduled to be released in September/October (2013) and will be made available to Nomad authorized retailers. The final production is a box-pressed cigar with an Ecuadorian Sumatra wrapper called the Nomad S-307. The cigar will be released in the following sizes and will be available for pre-purchase at IPCPR.

Toro (6×50)

Robusto (5×50) and

Torpedo (6 1/2 x 52)

“I am honored to have my first full production of a Nicaraguan cigar being blended and manufactured at Tabacalera Fernandez. The new blend is amazing and I am thrilled to expand the Nomad cigar line to include Nicaragua – in a really big way,” said Fred Rewey, Nomad Founder. Nomad Cigar Company launched in 2012 with four sizes of classic hand rolled Dominican cigars and quickly grew the line to seven sizes; not to mention conquering social media (@Godfadr on Twitter). In spring of 2013 Nomad created Esteli Lot 1386, Rewey’s first project in Nicaragua, available in limited edition 12 count boxes. Nomad’s next step is this full production of Nicaraguan cigars.


ILLUSIONE ADDS TO CRUZADO & EPERNAY, ANNOUNCES SINGULARÉ 2013 July 12 2013

Dion Giolito will have more than just couches at the 2013 IPCPR trade show. The owner of Illusione, who moves the brand at a noted methodical pace in the name of quality, told halfwheel he will have extensions to both Cruzado and Epernay, as well as a small batch of his popular MKULTRA and info on the 2013 installment of his popular Epernay line, in other words, quite a bit.

The Cruzado Marelas is the seventh vitola for the Criollo ’98 blend and will be once again wrapped in gold. Giolito told halfwheel the cigar measures 6 1/2 x 52 with a bullet cap and gold foil running from the top of the cigar to the middle point, which is where the band sits. Pricing is $9.50 per cigar.

Epernay will be receiving its final vitola, the Le Voyage, a 9 1/4 x 49 Gran Corona, also known as A. This leaves the final count on vitolas for the champagne-influenced line at 11. Pricing will be $25.00 per cigar, easily the most expensive single cigar the company has ever made, unless you count the entire ~23~ Culebra as one cigar. Giolito said he is debating between five and 10-count boxes for Le Voyage instead of the 25-count boxes he uses for most of his vitolas.

Illusione’s annual limited edition will be the Singularé 2013 Rose Croix. It’s the fourth release for the line, although the company released both the 2011 and 2012 versions last year. There will only be 900 boxes of 15, which means the release is smaller than the original 1500 boxes, although there will technically be more 2013 versions than both the 2011 and 2012 version since those two cigars were released together. Pricing is $12.85 or $192.75 per box, once again the cigar is made in Nicaragua at TABSA. Unlike Marelas and Le Voyage, Singularé will only be available for pre-order with Giolito shipping the cigars in November, the scheduled release date for the series.

Finally, 400 boxes of the MKULTRA will be made available for sale with an MSRP of $8.75 per cigar.

While Illusione has only released one cigar this year, it has kept the company busy as the R Rothchildes is one of the most popular cigars of the early part of 2013 with many retailers unable to keep the cabinets of 50 in stock given the demand for the Robusto.

 

 


CHINNOCK CELLARS ADDING PRESSOIR AT IPCPR July 10 2013

Brian Chinnock once again draws on his wine making background as he prepares to release his latest cigar, Pressoir, at the IPCPR Convention and Trade Show.

The Chinnock Cellars Pressoir is a box pressed Toro with a Habano Jalapa Maduro wrapper from Nicaragua. The cigar is being made in Honduras at the Compania Hondurena De Tabacos in Danli.

The name for the cigar, which is French, references an agricultural machine used to extract the juice from fruit, most commonly grapes or apples. It follows up on Chinnock’s Terroir line, which has been part of his offerings for the past two trade shows but doesn’t appear to be returning this year.

 

 


J. FUEGO ADDING ASHTRAYS, NEW VITOLA FOR ORIGEN AT IPCPR July 09 2013

Jesus Fuego confirmed that he is adding a 5 1/2 x 60 vitola to his Origen and Origen Maduro lines, with both on display at the upcoming IPCPR Convention and Trade Show.

Fuego will also be showing off his fairly new Connoisseur line, which was announced in mid-March and has already begun arriving at select retailers. The line comes in four sizes – 6 x 50, 5 x 60, 5 1/2 x 54 and the 5 x 44 Original vitola.

Jesus Fuego has been in the news quite a bit in the first half of 2013, with announcements of updated packaging and a formal name change of the company from Tabacos S.A. to J. Fuego Cigar Company. He has also made several edits to his catalog, including dropping the 777 Maduro and J. Fuego Grand Reserva and dropping the Corona  and Belicoso vitolas across all of his lines.

 

 


NOMAD CIGAR COMPANY TO RELEASE NOMAD S-307 July 02 2013

Nomad Cigar Company is pleased to announce a new fall Nicaraguan blend called the Nomad S-307.  The cigar scheduled to be released in September/October (2013) and will be made available to Nomad authorized retailers.  The final production is a box-pressed cigar with an Ecuadorian Sumatra wrapper called the Nomad S-307.

The cigar will be released in the following sizes and will be available for pre-purchase at IPCPR.

Toro (6×50)
Robusto (5×50) and
Torpedo (6 1/2 x 52)

“I am honored to have my first full production of a Nicaraguan cigar being blended and manufactured at Tabacalera Fernandez. The new blend is amazing and I am thrilled to expand the Nomad cigar line to include Nicaragua – in a really big way,” said Fred Rewey, Nomad Founder.  Nomad Cigar Company launched in 2012 with four sizes of classic hand rolled Dominican cigars and quickly grew the line to seven sizes; not to mention conquering social media (@Godfadr on Twitter).

In spring of 2013 Nomad created Esteli Lot 1386, Rewey’s first project in Nicaragua, available in limited edition 12 count boxes. Nomad’s next step is this full production of Nicaraguan cigars.

 

 


LA PALINA DEBUTS AN ADDITION TO ITS LA PALINA COLLECTION: MR. SAM June 29 2013

Samuel Paley founded La Palina cigars in 1896, and Mr. Sam was the moniker bestowed upon him by the workers in his factory. As a Tribute to Samuel Paley, the La Palina Collection will unveil the Mr. Sam at the 2013 IPCPR Show in Las Vegas. The Palina Collection Mr. Sam is a limited production of 850 boxes of 10.

Mr. Sam was rolled at the El Titan de Bronze factory in Miami, FL. A dark Ecuadorian wrapper surrounds a Nicaraguan binder and flavor. This 4.75 x 54 Robusto is a must have for any cigar connoisseur.

Previous releases of the La Palina Collection include the 1896, Goldie Laguito No. 2, and Goldie Laguito No. 5.

Samuel Paley and his wife Goldie have been once again united, within the La Palina Collection.

Mr. Sam / 4.75×54
Country of Origin: USA
Factory: El Titan de Bronze
Wrapper: Ecuador Habano
Binder: Nicaragua
Filler: Nicaragua

 

 


ARANDOZA CIGARS ANNOUNCES WHITE LABEL RELEASE FOR IPCPR June 28 2013

The Evolution of the Arandoza Cigar line has arrived!

Arandoza announces the “rebirth” of the Arandoza Blue with its new bold label representing the strong solid foundation of this Cigar Family. Its bold taste, yet smooth finish, is a well-known flavor in this industry.

With a solid foundation, comes the opportunity to grow and expand. Stay tuned for the upcoming launch and unveiling of the Arandoza White Label at the IPCPR this July! This new label provides a well-balanced, full-body smoke, directly from Esteli, Nicaragua with its binder and filler from Nicaragua, Viso from Jalapa and its wrapper in a Dark Habano. This exquisite blend is sure to be the Rolls Royce of the Arandoza Cigar line. Its presentation is an exquisite as its flavor, as the cigars are nestled inside its white box branded with the Arandoza label and lined in black felt. It is sure to be a memorable classic piece to treasure. Both cigars are manufacture at La Zona Factory in Esteli, Nicaragua.

 

 


AGING ROOM MADURO SET FOR IPCPR 2013 RELEASE June 26 2013

The latest edition to the Boutique Blends/Oliveros stable of release for the IPCPR 2013 trade show has been announced, the Aging Room Maduro. The cigar was announced over the weekend by Rafael Nodal, who described the blend as a “spiritual experience.”

It uses a five-year-old Nicaraguan Maduro wrapper over Dominican Habano tobaccos that Nodal described as “Aging Room Tobacco.”  The company will have vitolas at launch Presto (4 1/2 x 48; boxes of 20, $165.00), Rondo (5 x 50; boxes of 20, $173.72), Mezzo (6 x 54; boxes of 20, $181.28), Major (6 1/2 x 60; boxes of 20, $190.00) and Alto (7 x 47; boxes of 20, $184.00).

While the company has described the tobacco as strong, it’s information sheet used the term “medium-full” when describing the cigar.

The Aging Room Maduro is scheduled to ship to retailers on July 20, 2013.

 

 


J. FUEGO ADDS CONNOISSEUR, DROPS 777 MADURO March 20 2013

 

Jesus Fuego of J. Fuego Cigar Co. recently shot a video with Brandon Puckett of Cigar King in Scottsdale, Ariz., and announced several bits of news, including a new line called the J. Fuego Connoisseur.
The new line will debut in mid-April, and Fuego describes it as a “very rich blend” that uses an Ecuadorian Sumatra wrapper from Oliva Tobacco Co. It will debut in three sizes: 6 x 50, 5 1/2 x 54 and 5 x 60, all of which will come in boxes of 12 with prices around $10 per cigar, placing it at the top end of his regular production offerings.
Fuego also talked about details of the 2013 Edición de Familia, with the most notable details being the return of the Toro and Belicoso Fino sizes, and a 5 x 60 vitola that will replace the tubed Robusto. All three will be box pressed and come in boxes of 10 with the same prices of the 2012 edition. The blend will largely be the same as the 2012 version, using the same tobaccos that come Plasencia and Fuego’s father.
The J. Fuego Gran Reserva has been discontinued due to running out of wrapper and what Fuego described as an effort to “narrow down our portfolio and stick to what works instead of trying to come with something new every year.” The J. Fuego 777 Maduro has also been discontinued, as have Corona or Belicoso sizes in all of the company’s lines. Fuego is adding a 5 1/2 x 60 in the Origen Natural and Origen Maduro lines.
The move comes as part of a recent rebranding of the company and a formal name change from Tabacos S.A. to J. Fuego Cigar Company. The bands will add bar codes in addition to the new artwork.
Fuego also announced that he will be launching a mid-April contest with a grand prize with a grand prize of a three-day fishing trip with him to either the Bahamas or Florida Keys in August. The specifics are still to be announced, but the winner will be picked by selecting a number box of the 2012 Edición de Familia, and whomever has that box will win the trip. Fuego said he is planning to make the contest an annual tradition based around the Edición de Familia.  Details will be announced via J. Fuego’s Facebook andTwitter accounts for further details.




ROOM 101 MASTER COLLECTION ON THE WAY February 26 2013

 

A new line of cigars that is described as the most premium offering from Room101 to date is on the way.  “This is the most premium Room101 offering to-date,” said Dylan Austin, Head of Marketing for Room101. “That includes the blend and the package, both being above and beyond what has ever been developed for the brand.”  The Room101 Master Collection is slated to be a two-part release, with the first half being released in July and the second half coming in Fall 2013. Sizes, blends and pricing for the two releases are still being finalized, though Matt Booth has said that a Lancero is likely to be part of the first release.  Both the Master Collection 1 and Master Collection 2 are slated to be one-time releases consisting of multiple vitolas.




LA PALINA ANNOUNCES PRICE DECREASE February 12 2013

 

February 12, 2013 (Washington, D.C.) — Through increased sales and a consolidation of facilities, La Palina is able to announce an average price DECREASE of 10% on some of its most popular lines.
According to La Palina founder and President Bill Paley, “I wanted to pass along the savings we have gained to our loyal customers. My family has always believed that La Palina is quality at affordable prices.”“With sales exceeding our forecasts last year, we were able to re-negotiate better terms with one of our factories. These new prices, coupled with our December move into a new distribution warehouse in Miami, have created a savings we are proud to pass along,” adds La Palina Vice President Courtney Smith.
Andrew Brennan, La Palina Director of Sales, carefully crafted the new pricing structure based on his experience in the industry and conversations with key retailers. “We feel these new prices will reinforce La Palina’s dedication to retailers and consumers alike.” The new prices will be effective immediately and will reflect an average MSRP decrease of 10% and effects the La Palina El Diario—a consistently top rated cigar—and the newly released La Palina Maduro.




EMILIO CIGARS ENTERS INTO AGREEMENT WITH NOMAD CIGAR COMPANY FOR DISTRIBUTION RIGHTS January 04 2013

 


  January 4, 2012 – Fred Rewey, owner of Nomad Cigar Company, makers of Nomad cigars manufactured in Dominican Republic, and Gary Griffith, owner of Emilio Cigars, announced today that they have entered into a distribution agreement.  Under this arrangement, Emilio Cigars sales staff will bring the Nomad Cigar line to market while Fred Rewey will continue to focus on product development, brand expansion, and manufacturing.
  Nomad Cigar Company was started by Rewey in 2012 and quickly leveraged Rewey’s experience with social media and online promotion. The result was Nomad hitting the spotlight early in production.  “The Nomad brand fits well with what we’re trying to accomplish,” said Griffith “and I believe will become an important addition to the portfolio.”  Rewey added: “I am truly honored to have Gary and the entire Emilio team distribute Nomad cigars. In addition to being able to partner with such a well-run infrastructure, it continues to give both Nomad and boutique cigars in general a more significant presence in a growing marketplace. The interest in Nomad since launch has been a bit overwhelming – this new relationship will enable Nomad to continue to grow in 2013 and beyond.”
 The cigars will be warehoused and shipped from the Emilio Cigars facility in Vineland, NJ and should beginning shipping later in the month.




Emilio to begin Distribution of Epicurean Cigars December 20 2012

 


Steven Ysidron, President of Epicurean Cigars, and Gary Griffith, owner of Emilio Cigars announced today that they have entered into a joint distribution agreement.
Under the terms of the agreement Epicurean Cigars will now be shipped from the Emilio Cigars facility in Vineland, NJ and added to the portfolio of products of the Emilio Cigars sales staff.
Ysidron, formerly with Savinelli, USA, has had a long career in the industry, and is now producing his own line, Epicurean Cigars. “We are very excited to be a part of what Emilio Cigars are doing. They represent the integrity and commitment to quality boutique cigars that has long been a passion for me and my family,” said Ysidron.
Griffith reiterated: “We welcome Steve to the family, and look forward to a mutually beneficial partnership. I am fully dedicated to the mission of bringing an array of quality boutique cigars to a broader market, whether under the Emilio Cigars mark, or the mark of other equally dedicated and passionate manufacturers.”
This agreement will free Ysidron to stay focused on new product development and production oversight and allow him to expand his distribution into new markets.  Distribution will shift to the Emilio Cigars facility during the first week of January, 2013.






L’ATELIER TO ADD LAT46 SS December 19 2012

 


A new addition to L’Atelier Imports’ LAT line has been confirmed by Pete Johnson, according to a recent article by Cigar Aficionado.
The LAT46 Selection Spéciale, or SS for short, is a 5 5/8 x 46 Corona Gorda that uses a higher priming wrapper leaf than is found on the standard LAT line. The LAT line uses a wrapper grown from a hybrid of Criollo and Pelo d’Oro called Sancti Spiritus that is grown in Ecuador by Oliva Tobacco Co. It is a notably darker leaf than the standard leaves used for LAT cigars and because of its higher priming, has additional strength that Johnson said is noticeable in the nose. The LAT46 SS is reportedly using the same Nicaraguan binder and filler as the rest of the LAT line.




CAMACHO’S MIKE DITKA BRAND LAUNCHES DEC. 14 December 04 2012

 

Camacho’s Mike Ditka brand of cigars will be launching on December 14 at Ditka’s restaurant in Chicago, with retailers in the Chicago area getting the cigars next week and nationwide distribution  beginning at the end of the year. The project was announced just prior to the 2012 IPCPR Convention and Trade Show, with Ditka appearing in the Camacho section of Davidoff’s booth and speaking at Davidoff’s Golden Band Awards dinner.

The Mike Ditka cigar series is comprised of three different front marks and blends: The Player, The Coach, and The Hall of Famer.

The Player is a medium-bodied cigar that uses a Ecuadorian Connecticut wrapper, Honduran binder and filler from Honduras and the Dominican Republic. The Coach is also medium-bodied with a Honduran Criollo wrapper, Brazilian binder and filler from the Dominican Republic and Nicaragua. The Hall of Famer is a full-bodied cigar that uses a Mexican San Andrés Maduro wrapper, Honduran binder and filler from the Dominican Republic and Nicaragua.

Each cigar is being made in four sizes:

  • Robusto (5 x 50)
  • Toro (6 x 50)
  • Torpedo (6 1/4 x 42/54)
  • 6 x 60

Each cigar comes in ten-count boxes, with MSRPs ranging from $8 – 9.50 for The Player, $8.50 – 10.00 for The Coach and $9 – 10.50 for The Hall of Famer.




EMILIO CIGARS TO DISTRIBUTE EZRA ZION November 30 2012

 

November 30, 2012 — Kyle, Chris, & the Don, the owners of Ezra Zion Cigar Company and CigarFederation.com, and Gary Griffith, owner of Emilio Cigars, announced today that they have entered into a nationwide distribution agreement. To satisfy the rapidly expanding demand for the super-boutique Ezra Zion product line the Emilio sales staff will service new and existing accounts.

“When we launched Ezra Zion Cigar Company at IPCPR in August, we were overwhelmed by the positive response and volume of orders.” said Chris, “Keeping up with the demand for our cigars and delivering a supreme, quality smoking experience is paramount to our company. Joining forces with Gary Griffith and the House of Emilio will allow us to do that even better!”

“We started Ezra Zion with the idea of making cigars that you and your buddies would make if you made a cigar. To us, smoking is a celebration and an experience to be had, not just a hobby. Partnering with Gary and his staff will bring that celebration to a shop near you.

The Inception and the Reagan lines have arrived at the Emilio Cigars warehouse in Vineland, NJ and will begin shipping immediately.

“I am delighted to be able to help this outstanding boutique manufacturer benefit from our existing shipping and billing facilities, and even more happy that we were able to make this arrangement with such passionate new cigar makers” said Griffith.

“Through videos and social media, we want to continue to bring innovation and insight into our cigar journey. Whether we are at the Reagan Library in Simi Valley, Ca. for a Reagan/Two If By Tea cigar pairing…in Nicaragua creating new blends…or on our ranch in Texas shooting an M-14 with a cigar burning, we want to bring cigar lovers everywhere into our world and take the journey with us.” added Chris.




KRISTOFF ADDING 7 X 70 TO KRISTANIA LINE November 29 2012

 


Photos of a new Kristoff Kristania 7 x 70 surfaced Tuesday on Facebook, and Glen Case has confirmed that the company will be adding the vitola to the line in the future.

“‘Glen at the factory in the Dominican smoking the first Kristoff Cigars Kristania 7 x 70.’ Here Comes The BIG One!!” read the caption attached to the photo posted on Kristoff’s Facebook page. Initial reaction by fans of the company was overwhelmingly positive.

Case noted that after two and a half hours, he still hadn’t finished it, but that “the flavor was amazing.”

The first release of the Kristoff Kristania 7 x 70 is slated for mid-January 2013, and it will come with an MSRP around $7.50 per cigar. Case said that due to the projected demand, he is having additional molds made that will allow the factory to triple their production capability.

The Kristania line debuted at the 2011 IPCPR convention and trade show. It uses a Nicaraguan Criollo Habano wrapper and Dominican Habano for the binder and filler, and is currently available in three sizes:

  • Robusto – 5 x 50
  • Toro – 6 x 52
  • 5.5 x 60

The Kristania line carries an MSRP of approximately $5 per cigar. Its name comes a combination of Case’s childrens’ names: Kristofer and Brittany.




BRAD MAYO LAUNCHES 898 OUTFITTERS November 21 2012

 

Brad Mayo of Jameson Cigar Co. has officially launched 898Outfitters.com, an online store selling t-shirts and a cigar case as part of their initial offerings.

“It’s basically a creative outlet,” said Jameson, adding that “I wanted to create a brand that could encompass handcrafted products and designs inspired by the culture we’re so passionate about, so 898 was born.” The store had been online for a few weeks prior to the official launch, with Mayo often using the #898Outfitters hashtag in blog posts and Tweets to direct customers to it.

While several of the shirts feature logos from Jameson’s latest offering, La Resolución, the 898 Outfitters name is also being used as its own brand, drawing from the store’s slogan of ‘capturing the untamed soul of cigar culture.’ Jameson’s La Resolución cigarwas reviewed on halfwheel in September.

Mayo has also launched a Tumblr account for the store where he posts new product info and photos of things that inspire new creations.




MY FATHER CIGARS ADDS 6 X 60 VITOLAS November 16 2012

 

S I X by S I X T Y and then S O M E
New sizes added to the My Father and the Don Pepin Garcia Original

As times change, smoking preferences change and the new trend for consumers is the 60-ring-gauge cigar. For this reason, you asked and we delivered. There is now a new size in the My Father line and one in the Don Pepin Garcia Original.

In the My Father line we have added the My Father #6, a box pressed Toro Gordo 6 x 60, in an 18 cigar count box. This box will have the beautiful and signature packaging of My Father, but will be in three rows of 6, a new style for this line. Suggested retail price for the My Father #6 is $12.00 per cigar. For the Don Pepin Garcia Original we will be releasing a 6 x 62 Toro Grande, also box pressed in an 18 cigar count box, with traditional Don Pepin Garcia packaging in rows of 6. Suggested retail price for the Don Pepin Garcia Original Toro Grande is $9.50.

Expect these in stores for the holidays. Shipping will begin the first week of December!



MY FATHER CIGARS ADDS 6 X 60 VITOLAS November 16 2012

 

S I X by S I X T Y and then S O M E
New sizes added to the My Father and the Don Pepin Garcia Original

As times change, smoking preferences change and the new trend for consumers is the 60-ring-gauge cigar. For this reason, you asked and we delivered. There is now a new size in the My Father line and one in the Don Pepin Garcia Original.

In the My Father line we have added the My Father #6, a box pressed Toro Gordo 6 x 60, in an 18 cigar count box. This box will have the beautiful and signature packaging of My Father, but will be in three rows of 6, a new style for this line. Suggested retail price for the My Father #6 is $12.00 per cigar. For the Don Pepin Garcia Original we will be releasing a 6 x 62 Toro Grande, also box pressed in an 18 cigar count box, with traditional Don Pepin Garcia packaging in rows of 6. Suggested retail price for the Don Pepin Garcia Original Toro Grande is $9.50.

Expect these in stores for the holidays. Shipping will begin the first week of December!



EMILIO RELEASES LA MUSA MOUSA November 06 2012

 
November 2, 2012 — Gary Griffith, owner of Emilio Cigars, announced today that the long anticipated release of La Musa Mousa is scheduled for the week of November 5. The initial shipments will occur by mid week to those who have placed preorders, followed by allocation of cigars to newer accounts wishing to open.
In addition to the previously available 3 sizes of robusto, toro, and torpedo, the La Musa Mousa will be available as a regular production cigar in corona size. Each year there will also be 200 boxes of lancero made available to select Emilio retailers.
As most are aware, this blend is the rebranding of the highly acclaimed Grimalkin cigars.
“We are pleased to finally see these cigars come to market”, said Griffith, “and look forward to the announcement of the release date for La Musa Melete, second blend in this series, soon.”


EMILIO RELEASES LA MUSA CIGARS November 02 2012

 

November 2, 2012 — Gary Griffith, owner of Emilio Cigars, announced today that the long anticipated release of La Musa Mousa is scheduled for the week of November 5. The initial shipments will occur by mid week to those who have placed preorders, followed by allocation of cigars to newer accounts wishing to open.

In addition to the previously available 3 sizes of robusto, toro, and torpedo, the La Musa Mousa will be available as a regular production cigar in corona size. Each year there will also be 200 boxes of lancero made available to select Emilio retailers.

As most are aware, this blend is the rebranding of the highly acclaimed Grimalkin cigars.

“We are pleased to finally see these cigars come to market”, said Griffith, “and look forward to the announcement of the release date for La Musa Melete, second blend in this series, soon.”


La Riqueza November 02 2012

 

Pete Johnson is re-packaging La Riqueza, the slowest-selling line in his portfolio, to be sold in 10-count boxes instead of 25. The new boxes are expected to hit retailer shelves in the first quarter of 2013. “I can’t find an audience for the cigar,” Johnson recently toldCigar Aficionado. “We did a push at the [IPCPR] trade show to see if people would pay more attention to it. Right now, we’re just letting the old packaging run out.”