Avo Syncro Nicaragua



Basel, June 2015. Inspired by the cosmopolitan lifestyle of cigar legend Avo Uvezian, AVO Cigars has ventured beyond its Dominican roots, capturing exotic notes from vibrant cultures around the world to create an exciting collection of blends called Syncro. As a first in this new series, AVO Syncro Nicaragua will be launched globally at IPCPR in July 2015. 

On the island of Ometepe, in the rich soil that lies beneath one of Nicaragua’s most active volcanoes, a uniquely sweet and spicy tobacco is grown. Known for its wild character and peppery notes, AVO Cigars carefully blends this Nicaraguan tobacco with only the finest Dominican leaves, famous for their earthy flavours and soft, creamy notes. This fusion delivers a perfectly smooth and balanced box pressed cigar with unexpected depth and complexity - an exceptional cigar to be enjoyed and shared.  

“Experience the thrill of surprising notes from diverse cultures! AVO Syncro brings new and exciting blends to delight today’s aficionados. The fusion of tobaccos from various origins allows the creation of new and surprising taste experiences that will, in the AVO way, generate memorable sharing moments,” says Charles Awad, Senior Vice President Global Marketing & Innovation. 


AVO Syncro Nicaragua starts stimulating the back area of the palate with complex spicy and peppery flavours evoking a wild character at the beginning due to the pronounced Nicaraguan and Peruvian filler tobacco.  

In the second third the cigar becomes smoother, from being peppery and spicy to creamy with complex wooden, sweet and floral flavours followed by rich aromas. There is a cheerful harmony between the Nicaraguan and the Dominican Mejorado tobaccos that are tamed by the creaminess of the Ecuadorian-grown wrapper. This combination creates an unexpected, yet accomplished harmony and taste, stimulating the Nicaraguan and Dominican taste experiences at the same time. A multilayered, complex and voluminous cigar that stays enjoyable and interesting from the first moment of enjoyment until the last. 

“I am delighted to share with you and aficionados around the globe this exciting new line of AVO Cigars. AVO Cigars are ready to give the performance of a lifetime. It’s about surprising and enjoyable experiences, the blending of various cultures – experiences perfectly in sync with the moments worth sharing,” says Avo Uvezian. 

Wrapper:         A beautiful dark and oily Connecticut Ecuador wrappper
Binder:             Dominican Republic
Filler:                Nicaraguan tobacco from Ometepe
                         Dominican tobaccos (Piloto, San Vicente Mejorado and
                         Hybrid Olor/Piloto)


Box pressed Short Robusto        52 X 4"         US$7.90
Box pressed Robusto                  50 X 5"         US$8.90
Box pressed Toro                        54 X 6"         US$9.90
Box pressed Special Toro           60 X 6"         US$10.90


The new AVO Syncro Nicaragua series will be presented at IPCPR and will be available at selected US-only retail locations from August 2015. The global launch is foreseen for 2016. 


AVO Cigars started when the brand's founder - legendary jazz and cigar composer of global fame Avo Uvezian - met cigar Master Blender Hendrik Kelner in Santiago, Dominican Republic in 1982. A fruitful collaboration between cigar pianist and cigar composer began to develop and resulted in the launch of the AVO Classic Series; an almost immediate success, selling over 120,000 cigars in the USA. Two creative masters collaborated with one purpose: helping aficionados to “SAVOR EVERY NOTE” in life through 
delightful cigars. 

Avo Uvezian is a man of the world who savours every note to the fullest. He cherishes every moment in life with passion and shows insatiable thirst for connections with people from all walks of life. The world renowned cigar brand is being re-launched in early 2015 behind contemporary packaging, new communication and a streamlined range. 

Media Contact: 
Oettinger Davidoff AG 
Corporate Communications 
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media @oettingerdavidoff.com 



Montecristo White Vintage Connecticut


Experience The Sprit of The Valley

CAREFULLY GROWN in the sandy, mineral-rich soil of the Connecticut River Valley, Connecticut Shade Wrapper is prized for its unique silky texture, golden color and delicate flavor. The finest leaves are nurtured on Montecristo's company farms and reserved exclusively for these special cigars.

MONTECRISTO WHITE VINTAGE CONNECTICUT marries the subtle nuances of a vintage 2008, aged Connecticut Shade Wrapper to a sensual blend of hand-selected binder and fillers. Rich, flavorful and complex.

For generations, Connecticut Shade Wrapper has been highly sought-after by the world's finest cigar makers. The leaves are grown in the sandy loam, unique to the Connecticut River Valley, under special tenting that filters the sun and elevates humidity to ideal levels. These conditions culminate in leaves that are prized for their silky texture, golden appearance, delicate flavor and flawless burn. The very finest of these leaves are carefully nurtured on Montecristo's company farms and reserved for Montecristo cigars.

Montecristo's expert artisans have patiently aged select leaves to create the MONTECRISTO WHITE VINTAGE CONNECTICUT cigar. The subtle taste nuances of the wrapper are married to a sensual blend of rich, hand-selected binder and filler tobaccos culminating in the sophisticated smoke - with complex flavor sensations. This exquisite cigar is certain to delight the aficionado.

Available in 3 sizes:

No.3                          44 X 5 1/2"
Double Corona         50 X 6 1/4"
No.2 (Belicoso)        50 X 6"

Wrapper:        Vintage 2008 Connecticut Shade
                        (Grown in U.S.A. in Montecristo Company Farms,
                        Exclusive to Altadis USA)

BInder:            Nicaraguan

Filler:               Dominican, Nicaraguan & Peruvian

Country of Origin:              Dominican Republic

These premium cigars are scheduled to ship in July.

Priced between $10.50 - $14.50 per cigar.




The Danno is set to kick off with an exclusive event series hosted by Nestor Miranda

(Miami, Florida) June 1, 2015— Miami Cigar & Company proudly announces the unveiling of the much awaited “Nestor Miranda Collection Danno” cigar. The Danno is a limited edition off-shoot, of the Nestor Miranda Collection which pays homage, to Nestor Miranda’s late son, Daniel Luis Miranda, who passed away in 2008.

The 2015 NMC Danno, which will be unveiled through a sneak peak “event series,” will fall in-line with the newly rebranded Nestor Miranda Collection. The new visual identity has been well embraced, along with its accompanying tagline #OneLife. The message of the brand has inspired many supporters, to enjoy life and of course, a great smoke.

Only 3,000 boxes of the Danno will be produced, divided into three wrappers. The components of the blends have stayed consistent with this year’s NMC brands, but the percentages of each have changed, to help perfectly balance the blend in this vitola.

Nestor Miranda said, “As you all can imagine, the Danno cigar holds a very special place in my heart, and I am very excited to be releasing it under the new NMC brand. This cigar has always been the epitome of my brand, and I am so proud to present you with our newest version.”

The NMC Danno comes in at a hefty 7 x 56, and 1000 boxes per wrapper below:

Connecticut: Ecuadorian CT wrapper 
Habano: Nicaraguan Habano wrapper
Maduro: Broadleaf Maduro wrapper 

Nestor Miranda will host a six event tour beginning on June 12th which will allow the public a sneak peak at the 2015 NMC Danno.

The schedule of the Danno Event Series hosted by Nestor Miranda is as follows:

June 12th Sanj's Smoke located at 419 Broad St, Bloomfield, NJ 07003 Phone :( 973) 743-0693

June 13th Wooden Indian Tobacco Shop and Cigar Lounge located at 95 S Eagle Rd, Havertown,    PA 19083, Phone:(610) 449-7001

June 17th Barrister located at 2565 US-22, Union, NJ 07083, Phone :( 908) 964-3000

June 18th, El Humidor located at 1116 Hwy 315, Plains, PA 18702, Phone :(570) 822-3544

June 19th Tobacco Park located at 161-17 29Th Avenue Flushing, NY 11358 United States

June 20th Two Guys Smoke Shop located at 304 South Broadway (Rt. 28) Salem NH 03079
(603) 898-2221

About Miami Cigar & Co.
Miami Cigar & Co. proudly celebrates its 25th Year in the cigar industry. Founded by Nestor and Mariana Miranda, Miami Cigar & Co. has become one of the premier distributors of premium cigars boasting a portfolio which includes Tatiana, Don Lino and the Nestor Miranda brands. Miami Cigar &Co. also serves as the exclusive United States distributor for La Aurora, S.A and all Viva Republica brands.

Follow Miami Cigar & Company on Social Media here: Facebook: Miami Cigar & Company, Instagram: MiamiCigar, Hashtag: OneLife

For media inquiries and interviews, please contact Creativas Group at info@creativasgroup.com.




Hialeah Gardens, Florida (May 22, 2015) - Six years after its initial release, Erik Espinosa of Espinosa Premium Cigars has announced that the "Murcielago" will fly again and should be landing in humidors nationwide after it is re-debut at the 2015 IPCPR Convention & Trade Show in July. 

The Murcielago (which is Bat in Spanish) was first released at the 2009 IPCPR by EO Brands.  It had a short production run due to the split with the original makers of the blend.  "Once the partnership with the manufacturer dissolved, we kept the name, but they kept the blend" says Espinosa.  Shortly thereafter EO Brands (Erik and his partner Eddie Ortega) went their separate ways with Erik keeping the rights to Murcielago in hopes of re-launching the brand. 

Says Espinosa, "It was one of my favorite cigars.  It took us three years, but myself along with my staff, painfully dissected all the Murcielagos we could find, tasting test blend after test blend until we got it right.  We couldn't rush it, there weren't that many surviving Murcielagos out there to begin with but we managed to reverse engineer the cigar.  I am very happy with the results and to me they are even better than the originals, because I am making them myself in my own factory at La Zona in Esteli, Nicaragua."

The Murcielago logo and band have been modernized with a sleeker look and a cutting edge box design; the cigar itself remains a medium to full-bodied blend that is semi-box pressed and wrapped in a beautiful Capa Negra Wrapper from Mexico with Nicaraguan filler.  The initial release will be in three vitolas, the Noir (5 x 52), the La Lune (6-1/2 x 54) and the Nocturne (5 1/2 x 56).   Pricing will be announced prior to the IPCPR.


Two Passions Come Together


The ROMEO by Romeo y Julieta Aging Room is evidence of the magic that occurs when two passions come together.

Combining the wisdom and passion of award-winning cigar makers Romeo y Julieta and Aging Room, Altadis U.S.A. is proud to announce that the ROMEO by Romeo y Julieta Aging Room cigar will be released in May.

“Immaculately constructed by Aging Room artisans under the guidance of Romeo y Julieta’s famed Grupo de Maestros, this Dominican puro exemplifies the best qualities of two storied brands,” says an Altadis U.S.A. representative. “It is a rare smoke that will truly be treasured.”

Elegant and aromatic, ROMEO by Romeo y Julieta’s Aging Room is a rich, savory, medium to full-bodied cigar. Perfectly balanced and highlighted by subtle and complex nuances of flavor; it is handcrafted with 100% Habano Dominicano tobaccos. These rare leaves are carefully grown in the Cibao Valley – one of the most fertile tobacco growing regions on earth – and patiently aged.

Designated “F-25” by the cigar’s creator who conceived the idea for this masterful blend on Friday, the 25th of the month, the exclusive premium cigar is available in the three sizes: 54 x 6” Capriccio, 52 x 6” Cantaor (Belicoso) and 48 x 5” Copla.

Packaged in a beautiful box, handcrafted with the same care as the cigars it will carry, the ROMEO by Romeo y Julieta Aging Room is worthy of a position of pride in any humidor. These small batch cigars will retail between $11.50 and $12.50 per stick.

The ROMEO by Romeo y Julieta Aging Room is evidence of the magic that occurs when two passions come together. Experience this mesmerizing Dominican puro for yourself at your local tobacconist.

Copla                                         48 x 5”
Cantaor (Belicoso)                   52 x 6”
Capriccio                                   54 x 6”

Composed of 100% Habano Dominicano Tobaccos
Country of origin: Dominican Republic

These premium cigars are scheduled to ship in May 2015.
Priced between $11.50 and $12.50 per cigar.




PINELLAS PARK, FL (Thursday, April, 30th 2015) –– Camacho, the worlds leading brand of bold cigars, is proud to announce the first release under it’s new Master Built Series, Camacho American Barrel-Aged. A complex and intense new cigar experience inspired by the uncompromising American spirit, with bourbon barrel-aged Corojo at its heart.

American Barrel-Aged is a monumental smoke that welds the essence of true frontier mettle to Camacho’s impenetrable Cuban roots. An experience that shatters all expectations, pushes every limit and paves the way for a life lived out loud.

With the spirit of America and the soul of a craftsman, Camacho American Barrel-Aged celebrates the hardworking grit of Kentucky bourbon makers and the passionate artistry of our master builders. Challenging convention at every turn. Working together to forge an intense smoking experience unlike anything else. A process that begins with the original Corojo plant, aging its legendary leaves for six years and then locking them in charred Kentucky bourbon barrels.

Wrapped in five-year-old American broadleaf, each cigar delivers a richness and complexity characterized by oaky flavors and sweet bourbon aromas. American Barrel-Aged is truly the embodiment of uncompromising craftsmanship. Born from the inexhaustible spirit that has inspired Camacho from day one.

“American Barrel-Aged is something we have been working on for some time and we are very excited to finally share it with aficionados now in the US and across global markets in the near future. This project marks the first time a Camacho core line has been made outside of Honduras and we are extremely proud of what our master builders in the Dominican Republic have brought to life. Barrel aging is a very tedious and hands-on process. We are aging around 2,000 lbs of Corojo filler tobacco and rotating the barrels one leaf at a time every few weeks. Each batch takes a full five months to complete and requires constant attention to ensure the proper journey for this special tobacco,” said Dylan Austin, Director of Marketing for Davidoff of Geneva USA.

The blend is constructed almost entirely of American grown tobacco including a broadleaf wrapper, binder and filler, along with a maduro filler tobacco from Pennsylvania. One leaf of the six-year-old, bourbon barrel-aged Corojo tobacco was added to the recipe and is the main component that amplifies the complexity of the blend.

To intensify the launch of American Barrel-Aged, a full nationwide road tour is in the works and will kickoff with a weeklong extravaganza at Corona Cigar in Orlando starting on June 8th. Each of the American Barrel-Aged launch events will span across three days and are limited to a group of twenty-five hand selected retailers. The grand finale event will be held at Tampa Humidor in Tampa, FL on December 19th where the tour will come to a close.

American Barrel-Aged will begin shipping nationwide on Monday, June 15th and retails for $10 - $12 per cigar.

Camacho American Barrel-Aged Road
Tour Dates & Locations

Jun 8 – 13  Corona Cigar Co.  (Orlando, FL)

Jun 18 – 20  Prime Cigar (Boca Raton, FL)

Jun 25 – 27  Emerson’s (Virginia Beach, VA)

Jul 1 – 3  Cigar Realm (Ashland, VA)

Jul 9 – 11  Tinderbox Waldorf (Waldorf, MD)

Jul 30 – Aug 1  Humidour Cigar Shoppe (Cockeysville, MD

Aug 6 – 8  TBD (TBD)

Aug 13 – 15  Two Guys Smoke Shop (Nashua, NH)

Aug 20 – 22  Cup of Joes (Queensbury, NY)

Aug 27 – 29  TBD (TBD)

Sept 3 – 5  Blend Bar  (Indianapolis, IN)

Sept 9 – 11  Just For Him (Springfield, MO)

Sept 17 – 19  Outlaw Cigar Co (Overland Park, KS)

Sept 23 – 25  Addison Cigar  (Addison, TX)

Oct 1 – 3  Club Humidor  (San Antonio, TX)

Oct 8 – 10  Heroes & Legacies  (Austin, TX)

Oct 15 – 17  Serious Cigar  (Houston, TX)

Oct 22 – 24  Cigar Shop Biloxi  (Biloxi, MS)

Oct 29 – 31  Franklin Cigar (Franklin, TN)

Nov 5 – 7  Cigars & More  (Birmingham, AL)

Nov 12 – 14  Havana Phil’s  (Greensboro, NC)

Nov 19 – 21  Ansteads Tobacco  (Fayetteville, NC)

Dec 3 – 5   5 Point Bottle Shop  (Athens, GA)

Dec 10 – 12  Smoke Inn  (Boynton Beach, FL)

Dec 17 – 19  Tampa Humidor **Grand Finale**  (Tampa, FL)

About Camacho Cigars:

Camacho is the world’s leading brand of bold cigars, representing the concept of unleashing unmistakable and intense experiences. Infamous since 1962, the brand has become a sanctuary for the powerful, elemental being who seeks to fill their lives with unapologetic good times. A combination of rich heritage, product excellence and a never surrender attitude has enabled Camacho to grow into an aggressive brand globally recognized as the standard of full-frontal flavor and full-frontal lifestyle.

For more information about Camacho, please visit www.camachocigars.com or follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Media Contact:

Dylan Austin
Davidoff of Geneva USA
Director of Marketing



Davidoff to open new flagship store in Tampa


Davidoff of Geneva USA is teaming up with Jeff & Tanya Borysiewicz ofCorona Cigar Company (one of central Florida’s largest tobacconists) to open a flagship Davidoff store in Tampa. It is Davidoff’s first licensed flagship store outside of Las Vegas. The 5,000-square-foot store will be the largest Davidoff flagship store in the world.

This rendering shows one view of the retail area of Davidoff’s future Tampa store.

This rendering shows one view of the retail area of Davidoff’s future Tampa store.

“We are delighted to open a new ‘Davidoff of Geneva – since 1911’ store in our home market,” Jim Young, president of Davidoff of Geneva North America said in a press release. “We are particularly excited to do this in partnership with Jeff and Tanya who have been outstanding Davidoff partners for quite some time.”

The store will be completely humidified, with multiple lounges, an outdoor seating area, private lockers, and a full bar.

The store is scheduled to open later this year.

This rendering shows an exterior view of the Tampa store that will serve as Davidoff’s largest when it opens later this year.

This rendering shows an exterior view of the Tampa store that will serve as Davidoff’s largest when it opens later this year.


Viva Republica announces limited-edition Jailbreak cigar


Jason Holly, president of Viva Republica, has announced the launch of a new, limited edition cigar named Jailbreak.

The cigar, measuring 6 x 58, has two wrappers (Dominican Corojo and Ecuadorian Habano), an undisclosed double-binder, and a filler that features 10 different tobaccos. What separates this cigar from the others, according to a press release issued by Viva Republica, is that there’s a fully rolled and aged lancero in the center of each cigar (although, at 6 inches in length, that core cigar is really more of a petit lancero).

“Jailbreak is a new concept in where a lancero is buried inside of a 6 x 58 cigar trying to escape,” said Holly in the press release. “I decided to create this unique cigar in dedication to my stepfather who recently retired as a superintendent of the Dallas State Correctional Institution.”

Viva Republica is releasing a total of 300 20-count boxes of Jailbreak, which is set to retail at $12.50 per cigar. Jailbreak will be shipping later this week.

Jailbreak will be made available through Miami Cigar & Co., the American distributor of Viva Republica.


2015 brings new proposals to encroach on cigar rights


At the beginning of every year, state legislatures convene to discuss legislation for the rest of the year. Many of the introduced bills directly affect consumers, manufacturers and retailers of premium cigars.

A number of the bills threaten to further restrict smoking rights.

There are smoking bans and ban extensions being considered in the following states: Alaska, Iowa, Kentucky, Mississippi, New Hampshire, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, and Texas.

Tax increases are on the table in Kansas, Kentucky, Mississippi, New York, North Dakota, Oklahoma and Wyoming.

In Oregon, legislators are considering prohibition on the imposition of local taxes on tobacco products.

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Meanwhile, other proposals offer hope for reduced government intervention in your humidor.

The definition of a premium or large cigar, as well as the tax cap, is being discussed in Hawaii.

In Washington and Nebraska, the issue of licensure for premium cigars and premium bars is also a key issue.

Finally, West Virginia has proposed a bill that allows only elected officials to regulate the use of Tobacco.

Visit the Cigar Rights of America legislation page to find proposals that affect your area and contact your lawmakers urging them to protect your right to enjoy premium cigars.


S.T. Dupont debuts newest shop-in-shop at the Nat Sherman Townhouse in New York City


S.T. Dupont’s newest shop-in-shop is open right in time for the Valentine’s Day retail rush, inside the Nat Sherman Townhouse in New York City.

The special retail showcase offers a wide range of products — such as writing instruments, leather belts and accessories — and will feature some of S.T. Dupont’s core brand pillars: The Art of Writing (pens), The Art of Fire (lighters), The Art of Traveling (leather goods), and The Art of Seduction (accessories).

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Check out this video to learn more about the Nat Sherman Townhouse.


General Cigar announces two new vitolas for Punch Rare Corojo

Punch Rare Corojo Rare Lapiz will be made available in 10-count boxes.

Punch Rare Corojo Rare Lapiz will be made available in 10-count boxes.

General Cigar has announced that Punch Rare Corojo will debut with two new vitolas for retail on Feb. 16, 2015.

El Diablo, a 6 1/2 x 66 cigar, is a permanent new item for the Punch Rare Corojo collection. It will be packaged in a traditional wooden cabinet-style box and sell for an MSRP of $8.25 per cigar.
Rare Lapiz is the brand’s limited-edition cigar, launching side by side with El Diablo. The 6 3/4 x 56 cigar will sell for $7.99 each and come in a 10-count box.

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Diablo is a new regular-production vitola within the Punch Rare Corojo line.

Diablo is a new regular-production vitola within the Punch Rare Corojo line.


Camacho announces two Corojo extensions and “The Original Bold Smoke” campaign

Press release issued by Davidoff of Geneva USA

Press release issued by Davidoff of Geneva USA


– Two new line extensions added to flagship Corojo line –

PINELLAS PARK, FL (JANUARY, 21 2015) –– Camacho, the worlds leading brand of bold cigars, is returning focus to its flagship Corojo line under a new campaign called “The Original Bold Smoke”, which officially kicks off on February 1st. Over the years, Camacho Corojo has been honored by industry publications with dozens of 90+ ratings, including numerous “Top 25” acknowledgments, since its launch back in June 2000.

Two new line extensions will accompany the launch of “The Original Bold Smoke” campaign, which are set to ship nationwide throughout the month of January. The new Corojo Gordo (60 x 6), the most popular format and bestseller under the Camacho brand, began shipping on January 15th and the new Corojo Robusto Tubo 20’s, which will begin making their way to stores on January 27th.

To coincide with the launch of these new formats, Camacho is running a nationwide promotion for Corojo, which will be available at hand-selected retailers, both on and offline. From February 1st until April 30th, any aficionado who purchases a box of Camacho branded cigars at a participating retailer will receive a taster pack of four 90-rated Corojo robusto cigars.

“Original Corojo sits at the heart of everything we build under the Camacho brand. It is a core component that roots our brand back to its storied Cuban heritage and what gives our cigars the unique intensity that aficionados across the globe have come to love. Many industry experts have compared our Camacho Corojo to the legendary cigars of Cuba’s heyday,” said Dylan Austin, director of marketing for Camacho.

Camacho will also be hosting 35 in-store events and over 70 consumer education seminars across the country, all centered on the legendary Corojo story.

Original Corojo: From Cuba to Camacho

Original Corojo has had quite the fabled past. First developed in the 1930’s and 1940’s at the famed “El Corojo” farm by Diego Rodriguez, the Corojo seed came to be while looking to improve the quality of Criollo crops. He did so by crossing Criollo with a strain from Sumatra. The resulting seed, Original Corojo, was to establish itself as the exclusive wrapper grown for Cuban cigars since 1948. The development of Corojo restored order in a mosaic of tobacco seeds that had prevailed since the end of the 19th century and came to be known as the finest tobacco ever grown in Cuba.

Since its development and through the Cuban revolution, the famed Corojo seed thrived and continued to gain global notoriety. It was until 1978, when a widespread devastation of blue mold hit the island, that the story of Original Corojo and tobacco in Cuba begins to take a different course. After the attack of ’78 – ‘79, the Estacion Experimental del Tabaco (San Juan y Martinez) begins to develop disease resistant hybrids, 208 new strains to be exact. However, only two made the cut and are known today as Havana 92 and Havana 2000. With new hybrids in hand, Cuba bid farewell to the famed seed and in 1996 the last crop of Original Corojo touches Cuban soil.

Cuba’s famed seed was smuggled off the island and taken to a remote farm in the rugged and dense jungle of the Jamastran Valley in Honduras, where Original Corojo is still grown today. Cuba’s legendary taste, preserved and protected for over 40 years, can still be experienced in its purest form by reaching for a Camacho Corojo. Through the painstaking work and uncompromising values of those who continue to preserve and protect the Corojo seed, Cuba’s original bold smoke continues to live on.

To discover more on the Corojo legend, please visit camachocigars.com.


Winston Churchill’s great-grandson Randolph gets Cigar Rights of America lifetime membership

Press release issued by Cigar Rights of America

Press release issued by Cigar Rights of America

A Churchill Joins the Cause of Cigar Rights

One cannot even hear the name Winston Churchill, without having an immediate vision of the former Prime Minister with a cigar. He embodied the symbol of strength and resolve in time of war and peace, held an unyielding commitment to liberty and democracy, all while a cigar was never more than an arm’s reach from his pen or pistol.

Now, his legacy continues with Randolph L S Churchill, the great-grandson of Winston Churchill. At a recent event in New York City, hosted by CRA corporate benefactor Davidoff, USA, Randolph Churchill accepted a Lifetime Membership in Cigar Rights of America, and embraced the cause of promoting the work and mission of CRA. He stated,

“It is difficult to think of my great-grandfather, Winston Churchill without a cigar.  His love for great cigars spanned a lifetime, and he enjoyed them wherever he was, whether at home painting, or on the battlefield. I imagine he would be sad to find his enjoyment of them curtailed by regulation. I am proud to now be called a Lifetime Member of Cigar Rights of America, and would hope that all who share this noble indulgence can recognize that enjoying a cigar is truly a moment to enjoy one’s own liberty.”

Randolph Churchill and CRA Executive Director Glynn Loope

Randolph Churchill and CRA Executive Director Glynn Loope

Winston Churchill stands above all others as the consummate cigar enthusiast. His passion for cigars was personal, symbolic, and stood as a testament to his desire for the finer things in life. He always knew that if he could share a cigar, meal and glass of brandy or port with a friend or even adversary, he could get his way, create a new ally, or solidify a friendship. That, is truly the essence of great cigars. We are proud to have Randolph L S Churchill to lend his name to the cause of Cigar Rights of America, and indeed, our global commitment to preventing irreparable harm to this great industry.

We are deeply grateful to Davidoff for facilitating this display of support, and to Randolph Churchill for joining the cause of Cigar Liberty.


Davidoff announces Room 101 Master Collection Three


Press release issued by Davidoff of Geneva, USA

Room101 to release final Master Collection in February

LOS ANGELES, CA – JANUARY 15, 2015 – Room101, the Los Angeles based luxury lifestyle brand owned by Matt Booth, has announced the final chapter of its super-premium Master Collection Series, the new Master Collection Three. The first edition, Room101 Master Collection One, which debuted in late 2013, was awarded back-to-back 90-point ratings by Cigar Aficionado Magazine.

The new Master Collection Three will begin shipping nationwide on Monday, February 9th and is set to retail from $8.00 to $12.00 per cigar. This edition will be available in five formats: Papi Chulo (42 x 4), Roxxo (48 x 4), Mutante (38 x 7), Sucio (48 x 7) and Monstro (60 x 5). Only 500 boxes of each Mutante, Sucio and Papi Chulo will be produced, while the Roxxo and Monstro will have 1,500 boxes per format.

All Master Collection editions carry a distinct Sakura mark, which symbolizes the “short, yet beautiful life” of Japanese Cherry Blossoms. The new Master Collection Three is packaged in white, piano finish boxes and contain either 20 or 50 cigars depending on the format.

The blend is comprised of tobaccos from three different countries; a Habano wrapper from Ecuador, binder from the Dominican Republic and filler tobacco from two growing regions in Nicaragua.

“I was never short on inspiration for this blend, but it was challenging. The one thought I kept having was, what does ‘the end’ taste like? After about 7 months of going back and forth, I found what I felt was the perfect taste to close out what has become my favorite collection to date. The cigar is medium intensity and very balanced. As with all Master Collection blends, the experience is designed for those with a more refined palate. The depth of flavor Master Collection Three offers is nothing short of amazing,” said Matt Booth.


Hamlet Espinal replaces Henke Kelner as Tabadom Holding GM


Oettinger Davidoff AG appoints new General Manager of Tabadom Holding in Dominican Republic

Press release issued by Oettinger Davidoff AG

Basel, 15th January 2015 – Oettinger Davidoff AG has appointed Hamlet Espinal as the new General Manager of its subsidiary Tabadom Holding, Inc. as per January 1, 2015, reporting to Javier Plantada, Senior Vice President Global Production. Hamlet was previously the Head of Operations at Tabadom Holding in Santiago de los Caballeros in Dominican Republic where the Dominican own brands Davidoff, AVO, Cusano, Griffin’s, Private Stock, Zino and Zino Platinum of Oettinger Davidoff AG as well as some select third brands are produced.

“Hamlet has been a key member of the Management Team for many years – as such he has learned from Henke Kelner every aspect of our operations in the Dominican Republic”, says Hans-Kristian Hoejsgaard, CEO Oettinger Davidoff AG and Chairman of Tabadom Holding, Inc. “We are thankful to Henke Kelner for the perfect succession planning at Tabadom Holding, and we all look forward to working with Hamlet in his new role.”

Hamlet Espinal originally started his career at Tabadom Holding in the blending room at PTP and has expanded his scope of responsibilities step by step over the past 15 years, in addition to studying at the university to prepare for his leadership role. In March 2014, Hamlet was promoted to Vice-President.

Henke Kelner remains Vice-Chairman of Tabadom’s Board and will continue to report to Oettinger Davidoff CEO Hans-Kristian Hoejsgaard in all of his global roles including government relations and corporate affairs and chairing the blending and tasting panel at Tabadom as a key driver of Oettinger Davidoff’s innovation process. Henke will also expand his Davidoff Global Ambassador role conducting tasting and education seminars around the world.


Oettinger Davidoff announces the relaunch of the AVO brand


A new look. A new era. The classics play on.

Press release issued by Oettinger Davidoff AG.

AVO Cigars, the globally renowned cigar brand ventures into a new era. AVO Cigars is being relaunched in early 2015 behind contemporary packaging, new communication and a streamlined range that focuses on core lines.

Avo Cigars started when the brand’s founder; Avo Uvezian; a legendary jazz and cigar composer of global fame met the cigar master blender Hendrik Kelner in 1982 in the Dominican Republic. A fruitful cooperation between cigar pianist and cigar composer began to develop which resulted in the launch of the AVO Classic Series; an almost immediate success selling over 120,000 cigars in the year of the launch in the United States.

Two creative masters collaborated with one purpose: help aficionados “Savor Every Note” in life through delightful cigars.

“Avo Uvezian is a man of the world who savors every note to the fullest. He cherishes every moment in life with passion and shows insatiable thirst for connections with people from all walks of life. AVO Cigars enables rich and rewarding social sharing experiences: helping drive connections amongst aficionados and turning strangers into friends in a heartbeat.” says Charles Awad, Senior Vice President Global Marketing and Innovation.

The spirit of “SAVOR EVERY NOTE” It is not just about the taste and the experience, it is about complete involvement and enjoyment of each moment in life. It is the song of conversation and the music of memories. The beat of life shared with friends.


Caldwell Cigar Co. announces “Nothing You Ever Heard Of” cigar limited to 49 retailers


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Press release issued by Caldwell Cigar Co.

4 Months+1Week prior to 18 May 1868 / The Honeycomb Hideout Caldwell Cigar Company has announced the debut of their first limited edition to mark their one year anniversary. The project has been in the works since the early fall and they are in their final stages. The cigars were made in December but will need to hibernate through the winter. They are set to ship in May. The name of the brand has not yet been disclosed, but for the time being the company is referring to the brand as ‘Nothing You Ever Heard Of’.

It will debut in a very small run of 500 10 count boxes. They will be made available to a very select group of retailers. Caldwell has said that that group is not to exceed 49 merchants nationwide. “We are initiating a group called the First 49”, Caldwell says. “This select group will consist of the first 49 retailers that supported and continue to support this venture. We are releasing this product only to them. As we continue to release products in the coming years, these retailers will have first dibs on these releases”. Due to the tiny production of this limited release, all of the First 49ers may not even have a crack at it. We are limiting stores to 10 boxes each. The exception will be the launch partners, who will have access to 30 boxes a piece for the launch events”, states Caldwell.

The first run will be made only in the belicoso format. The plan is to release the cigar twice a year, each time in a different format. They will be made at Tabacalera William Ventura, in Tamboril, DR. Caldwell touts that these cigars are completely unique to anything he has smoked before. They will be full bodied, yet very refined. “They are going to be the fullest bodied cigar in the Caldwell Collection, yet palatable for most smokers.”

There is a limited amount of information being made available for the time being, but here is a vague breakdown: The first run will feature 500 10 count boxes. They are being made using a hybrid Connecticut Arapiraca Natural Maduro wrapper. The other blend information is being excluded for the time being.

Caldwell will be releasing a list of retailers who will be carrying the cigar in the coming weeks.


Pappy Van Winkle’s Family Reserve on the way from Drew Estate


Drew Estate announced an exclusive manufacturing agreement with Pappy & Company. Pappy Van Winkle’s Family Reserve will be produced at Drew Estate’s Estelí factory. Blended with tobaccos selected by Jonathan Drew, the medium-plus-strength cigar will feature an Ecuadorian Habano wrapper and Nicaraguan fillers. It is the perfect choice for pairing with any of the Van Winkle bourbon and rye products.

“The finished cigar is the perfect pairing for our family’s whiskeys, and we hope you enjoy them as much as we do,” said Carrie Van Winkle, great granddaughter of the legendary Pappy Van Winkle, in a press release.