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Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Cigar News: FDA To Ask for Public Comment on Premium Cigar Exemption from Regulation

Various news sources have reported on the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) Deeming Rule for regulation of other tobacco products including e-cigarettes, pipe tobacco, and premium cigars.  While the reports have indicated plans for sweeping changes, it is also being reported that Mitchell Zeller, Director of the Center of Tobacco Products at the FDA will ask for public comment on whether premium hand-rolled cigars should be in a separate category not subject to FDA authority.

The public comment period would last for 75 days.  At that point the FDA will review the responses and make a ruling.  After the ruling is made, the new regulations would go into effect 30 days later.

Cigar News: Iconic Leaf Cigar Company to Release E.L.F. PACK Sidewinder and the E.L.F. PACK Kanú

Recluse E.L.F. Pack Sidewinder
Iconic Leaf Cigar has announced the release of the E.L.F. Pack. The release will have two offerings, each focusing on the unique frontmarks created by the company- the E.L.F. PACK Sidewinder and the E.L.F. PACK Kanú.  E.L.F. stands for Eight Legged Freak and is a play on the company's spider theme.

The company says that these will be released to select retailers on June 15th with plans for a nationwide release at the 2014 IPCPR Trade Show in Las Vegas, Nevada in July.

Cigar Review: Partagas 1845 Extra Oscuro

Partagas 1845 Extra Oscuro Robusto Gordo
The Partagas 1845 Extra Oscuro is one of new new blends introduced into the Partagas 1845 series.  The line was actually introduced back in 2012 with the launch of the Partagas 1845 Heritage.  From its presentation to packaging, the Partagas 1845 Heritage marked a different cigar than many had been accustomed to with General Cigar Company's Partagas brand.  The Partagas 1845 Oscuro, along with the Partagas 1845 Extra Fuerte are the two new additions to the 1845 line.  They follow a particular strategy that General Cigar has employed with several of their other brands: The Extra Fuerte was released as an exclusive cigar to Brick and Mortar shops, while the Extra Oscuro was released as an exclusive to large internet and catalog retailers.  I've recently had an opportunity to smoke the Partagas 1845 Extra Oscuro. Overall, I found this to be a solid addition to the Partagas family - and one that delivers a nice oscuro smoke.

Cigar News: Tatuaje Announces Tatuaje Tattoo Series

Tatuaje Tattoo (2014)
It has been talked about for quite a while, but Tatuaje Cigars is getting ready to launch its Tatuaje Tattoo Series.  The company posted on their Facebook page that the first of four planned vitolas, the Tatuaje Tattoo Caballero - a 5 x 50 Robusto is heading to retailers in May.

The cigar is intended to be a value-priced cigar.  The company has said the SRP for the Tatuaje Tattoo Caballero will be $5.00.  The cigars will come packaged in 50 count boxes.

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Cigar News: Crowned Heads and Cigar Chat to Partner on Texacali Cigar

Crowned Heads and Cigar Chat will be partnering on an exclusive cigar.  The cigar will be called Texacali.  The timeframe for this cigar is targeted for September, 2014.  The announcement was made on the April 22nd, 2014 Cigar Chat in which Crowned Heads co-founder Jon Huber was a guest.

The name Texacali pays homage to Cigar Chat hosts Logan Lawler and Rob Rasmussen who hail from the states of Texas and California respectively - thus the name Texacali.

Cigar News: Altadis USA Adds Juan Lopez Selección No. 4 as 7 x 70 Offering (Cigar Preview)

Altadis USA has informed retailers of a line extension to its re-introduced Juan Lopez line. The Juan Lopez Selección No. 4 will add a 7 x 70 frontmark to the Nicaraguan puro line.  The Selección No. 4 is expected to start shipping this May.  It will have an MSRP of $6.75 per cigar.

The Juan Lopez line was made famous in Cuba.  About ten years ago, Atladis USA acquired the U.S. naming rights.  While they launched a line under that name, it was eventually discontinued a few years ago. Last year at the 2013 IPCPR, Atladis USA launched a new blend bearing the Juan Lopez name.

Cigar News: RoMa Craft Tobac Aquitaine Venus Heading to Doc James Tobacco (Cigar Preview)

RoMa Craft Tobac Aquitaine Venus
(Photo Credit - Skip Martin's Facebook Page)
RoMa Craft Tobac co-founder Skip Martin has announced via social media that the Venus, a 6 1/2 x 56 Petite Salamones frontmark will be heading to Doc James Tobacco in New York.  This marks the first time the Aquitaine Venus will be heading to a retailer.

Back in 2013, RoMa Craft introduced the CroMagnon Venus.  This was released to R. Field Wine Co. in Honolulu Hawaii.  The Aquitaine uses a similar blend than the CroMagnon, but uses an Ecuadorian Habano Ligero wrapper in place of the Connecticut Broadleaf wrapper.

The Aqutaine Venus is expected to land at Doc James in August, 2014.

Cigar Review: Merlion by La Sirena Sea Lion Maduro

Merlion by La Sirena Sea Lion Maduro
Prior to the 2013 IPCPR Trade Show, La Sirena Cigars (still a part of Miami Cigar and Company) announced a limited production extension to its Merlion line known as the Sea Lion. The Sea Lion would become the fourth frontmark in the Merlion line. The cigar itself is a medium-length, thin perfecto with an unfinished foot. There was one little twist to how the Sea Lion was released. In each box of ten cigars of the Sea Lion, there was one cigar that was different - a special maduro version of the Sea Lion (as opposed to the Ecuadorian Corojo). As a result, the Sea Lion Maduro is an even more limited cigar. Recently, I had a chance to give the Merlion by La Sirena Sea Lion Maduro a smoke. Overall, it puts an interesting spin on a the Merlion blend.