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Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Cigar News: CAO Colombia (Cigar Preview)

For the past few weeks CAO has teased about a new edition to its World Blend Series.  The CAO Colombia is set to become a regular production offering and take its place among such offerings as CAO America, CAO Brazlia, and CAO Italia. The announcement of the CAO Colombia came at the 2014 IPCPR Trade Show.

Some may be familiar with a CAO Colombia cigar already that went to Serious Cigar in Houston Texas.  That particular cigar is unique because it is a Colombian puro.  The new CAO Colombia uses Colombian tobacco, but it is a multinational blend.  Master Blender Rick Rodriguez and Senior Brand Manager Ed Mckenna both confirmed that the Serious Cigar Colombian puro will remain a shop exclusive.  Meanwhile the new CAO Colombia will hit stores nationwide in August.

Cigar News: Alec Bradley Fine and Rare TA-25A (Alec Bradley Fine and Rare 2014)

Alec Bradley Fine and Rare TA-25A
The Alec Bradley Fine and Rare Series will be returning for a fourth run.  At the 2014 IPCPR Trade Show, Alec Bradley showed off what is the 2014 iteration of its Alec Bradley Fine and Rare Series.  The company has told Cigar Coop the blend number is dubbed TA-25A and is an all new first issue for the series.

Alec Bradley launched the Fine and Rare Series back in 2011 (HJ10-i) as a high end premium cigar featuring ten different tobaccos.  In 2012, the Alec Bradley Fine and Rare returned (BR1214), but with a whole new blend.  In 2013, a second issue of the 2011 blend was released.

Cigar News: Tatuaje Halloween Series Coming in 2015

Tatuaje Halloween Series - 2015 IPCPR Photo
At the 2014 IPCPR Trade Show, Tatuaje Cigars showed a cigar known as the Tatuaje Halloween Series.  This is not a release that is slated for this year, but one that is scheduled for the Fall of 2015.  This could be setting the stage for a possible 15 month window of anticipation.

Pete Johnson told us that the current plans for this release are that it will only be available to retailers that attend the 2015 IPCPR Trade Show in New Orleans.  He also added that this would be available only on Day One of that trade show.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Cigar News: Alec Bradley Sanctum Planned

At the 2014 IPCPR Trade Show, Alec Bradley showed off a new line that is planned for the future called the Alec Bradley Sanctum.  However, this is a cigar that is not going to be immediately released after the show.

According to Alec Bradley, the project is still very much in progress.  The final blend was not ready to be revealed.  While the packaging and sizes were being showcased at the 2014 IPCPR Trade Show, these areas have not been finalized either. One of the sizes proposed was a massive 8 1/2 x 60 vitola.

We were told that the Alec Bradley Sanctum is more likely a project planned for 2015.

Meanwhile, Alec Bradley has kept busy at the 2014 IPCPR Trade Show.  The company launched a new line called Alec Bradley Coyol.  At the same time, the company also showcased the recently announced Alec Bradley Family Blend - The Lineage and Alec Bradley Texas Lancero.

Cigar News: E-Stunner Taurus and Limousin Expand Line to Five Frontmarks (Cigar Preview)

At the 2014 IPCPR Trade Show, E.P. Carrillo added two line extensions to its E-Stunner line.  As we previously reported, the E-Stunner Limousin introduced a 6 x 60 vitola into the line.  The company is now also adding a 6 x 52 toro-sized vitola known as the E-Stunner Taurus.  These two will be the longest cigars in the line.

When the E-Stunner line was introduced last year, it was designed to be a full-bodied, full-flavored cigar.  It also introduced new packaging that was meant to be contemporary.  The line very much has a western theme associated with it.  Each of the vitola names have a western / cattle theme associated with it.

Ernesto Perez-Carrillo' Jr's children, Ernesto III and Lissette played a key role in developing the blend.  The wrapper features a higher priming Sumatra wrapper. Instead of an 80/20 ratio of Dominican to Nicaraguan filler normally found in the E.P. Carrillo blends, this incorporates a 50/50 plot.

Cigar News: Viaje Cache Secret Revealed

The Hidden "Cache" of the Viaje Cache
Last week we reported on the launch of a new line by Viaje Cigars called the Viaje Cache.  This is a cigar.  The name Cache refers to the rooms where Viaje ages their tobacco and this cigar pays homage to that.  At the time of the announcement, Viaje Cigars President Andre Farkas had mentioned "to elaborate on the idea of the aging rooms, each handmade box has a hidden 'cache' built into the bottom where a surprise awaits".

Upon opening the 25 count of the Viaje Cache, one would see several 5 x 52 parejo-shaped cigars.  Looking into the hidden cache at the bottom, there are five box-pressed versions of the Viaje Cache were revealed.  Farkas told Cigar Coop that the box-press puts a whole different spin on this blend.

Cigar News: Brun del Ré Premium Limited Edition (Cigar Preview)

At the 2014 IPCPR Trade Show in Las Vegas, Nevada, Costa Rican cigar maker Brun del Ré unveiled a new limited edition cigar called the Brun del Ré Premium Limited Edition.

Brun del Ré's Premium line is intended to be a milder smoke.  The Brun del Ré Premium Limited Edition is an entirely different blend and is designed to have more strength and body than the core Premium blend.  The Limited Edition will be offered in a Robusto and Churchill format.

Brun del Ré is a company based out of Costa Rica that has been around for over ten years.  The company is operated by General Manager Carlos Corazza.  They have been successful at building their presence outside the United States.  The company has recently set its sights on now trying to build its U.S. presence.   The company told Cigar Coop at the 2014 IPCPR Trade Show that the focus on the U.S. market will be around the Brun del Ré Premium and Brun del Ré Gold lines.

Cigar News: Debonaire Maduro (Cigar Preview)

At the 2014 IPCPR Trade Show, Debonaire Cigars officially launched its second line, the Debonaire Maduro.  This is for the most part a blend that puts a Connecticut Broadleaf wrapper on the core Debonaire line.

Debonaire Cigars was founded by Philip Zanghi and Daniel Sinclair.  Many people may remember Zanghi from his days with Indian Tabac - the company that eventually became Rocky Patel Premium Cigars.  After a hiatus away from premium cigars, Zanghi returned to the handmade premium cigar business.  The Debonaire in the natural (Habano) blend made its debut a the 2012 IPCPR Trade Show.