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Thursday, March 5, 2015

Cigar News: E.P. Carrillo Short Run 2015

For the sixth consecutive year, E.P. Carrillo will have an installment of its Short Run series.  The company has announced to retailers that the E.P. Carrillo Short Run 2015 will be shipping in mid Mach.  The Short Run 2015 brings another first to this series - it will be the first Short Run to utilize a Nicaraguan wrapper.

Cigar News: Rodrigo Cigars to Provide LMC Aniversario as Shop Exclusive to La Marca Cigars

Southern California-based retailer La Marca Cigars will be receiving a shop exclusive cigar from Rodrigo Cigars called the LMC Aniversario.  The cigar will be launched at an April 5th event commemorating the shop's first anniversary.  Rodrigo Cigars owner and founder George Rodriguez will be in attendance.

Cigar News: Quesada Selección España Beli-Lance and Fabulosos Heading to Casa de Montecristo in Illinois

Quesada Selección España Beli-Lance
(Photo supplied by Casa de Montecristo)

Two exclusive new sizes of the Quesada Selección España blend will be coming to Casa de Montecristo in the Chicago area.   The stores will be receiving a 7 x 40 sized vitola called "Beli-Lance" that combines the length of a lancero with the tip of a belicoso.  In addition, a 7 x 54 fat Churchill called "Fabulosos" will also be heading to their shops. Both sizes will be limited production.  The cigars will be launched at a March 26th dinner event.  Casa de Montecristo is currently accepting pre-orders via phone and their online retail arm, Top Quality Cigars.

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Cigar News: Romeo by Romeo y Julieta Aging Room Small Batch F25

Altadis USA, one of the largest cigar companies in the world will team up with Boutique Blends to release a collaborative project.  The collaboration will be a limited production blend called Romeo by Romeo y Julieta Aging Room Small Batch F25.  Plans are for this new cigar to hit retailer shelves in April.  Information on this announcement was first reported by Cigar Insider.

Cigar News: Casa Magna Colorado Gran Unico

Casa Magna Colorado Gran Unico (Photo Credit Quesada Cigars Facebook)

Casa Magna, the brand under Quesada Cigars that is a collaboration between cigar legends Manuel Quesada and Nestor Plasencia has added a new line extension to its Casa Magna Colorado line. The Casa Magna Colorado Gran Unico introduces a 5 1/2 x 60 size into the line. The cigars are currently shipping to retailers.

Cigar Review: Cohiba Nicaragua N50 En Crystale

Cohiba Nicaragua N50 En Crystale

The Cohiba Nicaragua is a new line that was launched by General Cigar Company at the 2014 IPCPR Trade Show.  Over the past year, the General Cigar's Cohiba brand has made a lot of headlines.  Most recently, a blow was dealt to the brand when the U.S. Supreme Court has refused to hear a case that would challenge a U.S. Court of Appeals decision that gave Cubatabaco the rights to use the Cohiba trademark.  Desptite that on-going battle, the General Cigar brand has been very active as of late.  The past year has seen the release of the Cohiba Comador, the Cohiba Luxury Selection, as well as the Cohiba Nicaragua.   While it is not a Nicaraguan puro, the Cohiba Nicaragua is significant because it has become the first cigar in this brand to be made in Nicaragua.  Recently I've had an opportunity to smoke the Cohiba Nicaragua N50 En Crystale (a Robusto sized offering).  Overall I have found this to be an excellent addition to General's Cohiba line.

Cigar News: Punch Signature Sizes Revealed (Cigar Preview)

General Cigar has announced the final details as well as availability of the Punch Signature.  Over the past few weeks the company has slowly trickled out details around this major launch of the brand.  Today, the sizes, prices, and box counts were revealed.

Cigar News: Roberto P. Duran Cigars Expands Sales Force

Roberto P. Duran Cigars continues strengthen their team.  Today the company announced the additions of industry veterans Strom Farbarik and Carolee Martin to the sales force.  The move comes only months after company owner Roberto Pelayo Duran aggressively bolstered his own sales team with the additions of National Sales Manager Miguel Schoedel, Frank Cuden, and Jack Toraño.