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Friday, October 31, 2014

Cigar News: Quesada Winter Pack to Feature New Sizes of Quesada 40th, Heisenberg, and Tributo

Quesada Cigars has informed retailers of a new availability the new Quesada Winter Pack.  The Winter Pack is a sampler of five 4 x 50 vitolas in five different Quesada blends.  This sampler pack will also introduce for the first time 4 x 50 vitolas for the Quesada 40th Anniversary, Heisenberg and Tributo lines as well as include currently available 4 x 50s in Quesada Oktoberfest (Kurz) an Quesada España (Short Robusto).

"Winter" cigar samplers typically have been geared for cigar enthusiasts in colder weather climates who often have to enjoy a cigar under less than ideal conditions.  The 4 x 50 cigars in the Quesada Winter Pack appear to fill that bill.

Cigar News: Hammer + Sickle Berlin Wall Series Celebration Corona

Hammer + Sickle Cigars has informed retailers that a limited production line extension is coming to their Berlin Wall Series.  The Berlin Wall Celebration Corona will become the fourth vitola in the line in the form of a 4 3/4 x 46 cigar. The launch of the Celebration Corona is meant to coincide with the 25th Anniversary that the Berlin Wall was torn down.

The Berlin Wall Series was launched back in 2011. It was the second line to be launched by Hammer + Sickle cigars. While the Celebration Corona commemorates the 25th anniversary of the tearing down of the Berlin Wall (November 9), the Berlin Wall Series as a whole was also designed to commemorate the historical significance of that event. According to the web site: "No event in history represents the collapse of communism in Russia and Eastern Europe more obviously than the fall of the Berlin Wall. To celebrate this turn, we developed the Berlin Wall Series cigars."

Assessment Update: Leccia Luchador El Hombre by Leccia Tobacco

Assessment Updates will be posted on this web-site to: 1) Assess "pre-review" cigars that were not given a rating or score (typically pre-release cigars); 2) Provide numeric ratings to cigars previously assessed prior to the implementation of the numeric scoring system; 3) Provide a re-assessment and re-score of a previously assessed/score cigars. Today, we re-assess Leccia Luchador by Leccia Tobacco in the El Hombre (Gran Robusto) size. This was a cigar we did a pre-release assessment back in April, 2014.

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Cigar News: Bob Moreno Named Vice President of Sales for La Palina

Bob Moreno becomes the latest name in the cigar industry to go on the move. Moreno has become La Palina Cigars' new Vice President of Sales, thus departing E.P. Carrillo where he served as Vice President of Sales and Marketing. Moreno replaces Andrew Brennan who previously served in that position for La Palina. Moreno will officially assume the position on November 1st, 2014.

Prior to his role at E.P. Carrillo, Moreno served as Director of Marketing for XIKAR.  He also had a successful career in publishing as well as a 22 year run as an executive within The Coca-Cola Company.

Cigar News: E.P. Carrillo Noche D'Oro Heading to Federal Cigar (Cigar Preview)

New Hampshire retailer Federal Cigar will be receiving another limited production line extension to its popular foiled wrapped Medalla series from E.P. Carrillo.  The E.P. Carrillo Noche D'Oro will add a Connecticut Broadleaf wrapped version of its Medalla blend.  The cigar is expected to arrive in the late November / early December timeframe.

The Noche D'Oro joins 2012's Medalla D'Oro and the recently released Medalla D'Platino as blends in the Medalla series made by E.P. Carrillo exclusively for Federal Cigar.  According to Derek Sells of E.P. Carrillo, the Noche D'Oro will share the same binder and filler as the Medalla D'Oro and Medalla D'Platino.  The Noche D'Oro will also used a gold foil sleeve like the Medalla D'Oro.  All three cigars are in a 6 1/2 x 44 lonsdale format.

Cigar Review: Tatuaje Frank (Part of the Pudgy Monsters Series)

Tatuaje Frank (Part of the Pudgy Monsters Series)
We wrap up our look at the Tatuaje Pudgy Monsters Series with the Tatuaje Frank. This blend is perhaps the most iconic of all of the Monster Series blends. It was back in 2008 when the original Tatuaje - The Frank started the whole Monsters craze.  This was a tribute to the epic monster character Frankenstein.  Today this is still one of the most sought after blends out there. It was brought back in a new size in to be a part of the Pudgy Monsters Series. I recently had an opportunity to smoke the Pudgy Monster Frank. This was a case of saving the best for last.  The Pudgy Monster Frank lives up to the reputation of this blend - and stands out as the Belle of the Ball for the Pudgy Monsters sampler.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Cigar News: Emilio Mia Dora Released (Cigar Preview)

The Mia Dora cigar has been a long awaited cigar from Emilio fans.  It was back in March 2013 when brand developer Gary Griffith announced the project. Today, Emilio Cigars has finally announced the availability of the Mia Dora.

Griffith has said the Mia Dora cigar is a tribute to the woman in his life who he loves, Dora Paoletti Lilly.  The cigar bands feature a theme dedicated to the town of Ascoli Piceno - the birthplace of Dora.

The boxes are embossed in gold, while the cigar bands feature a theme dedicated to the town of Ascoli Piceno in Italy, birthplace of the ancestors of the love of Griffith's life, Dora.

Cigar News: Cigar Dojo Loyalty and Rewards Program Announced

Cigar Dojo, the online social cigar application has announced a Loyalty and Rewards program that will be available to brick and mortar shops. The unique program is designed to encourage users to purchase at their local brick and mortar shop and provide incentives to customers who make such purchases.

Under the program, each participating cigar shop will have a rewards program customized for the shop.  Customers will earn points based on various social media activities such as a shop check-in, attaching photos, and sharing information across social media.  As a customer earns points, they will create a a viral "buzz" on social media for the participating shops. The program will also track rewards earned for participating shops, so there is no need to do this manually or with third party software.