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Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Cigar News: Great White by United Cigar Retailers (Cigar Preview)

United Cigar Retailers is getting ready to release a cigar to coincide with "Shark Week", a week long television festival on the Discovery Channel dedicated to sharks.  The Great White will make its debut on August 10th - the start of what has been designated Shark Week.

The Great White will feature a Brazilian wrapper According to United Cigar Retailers, “Each year, Shark Week dominates the cable tv ratings and we began to think, how great would it be to have a cigar that captures the excitement of this annual phenomenon. We opted for a Brazilian wrapper because of all the shark attacks in this region of the world. The blend captures the strength of the Great White, and it is capped off by a band that represents the fin

Cigar News: Catch Twenty-Two by Rocky Patel (Cigar Preview)

The Catch Twenty-Two is one of four new lines of cigars that were launched by Rocky Patel Premium Cigars at the 2014 IPCPR Trade Show in Las Vegas.  The Catch Twenty-Two is meant to be a value-priced, premium cigar in the Rocky Patel portfolio.

The name Catch Twenty-Two is because the company says that this is a cigar being sold for less than it is actually worth, thus that's the "catch".  In fact, all of the cigars have an SRP of under $5.50.  The "Twenty-Two" comes from the fact that three of the four sizes are being sold in boxes of 22.

The cigars themselves have an orange - colored packaging scheme.  Orange has been noted to be Rocky Patel's favorite color.

The Catch Twenty-Two joins the Super Ligero, Decade Cameroon, and Prohibition as the new releases launched at the 2014 IPCPR Trade Show by Rocky Patel.

Cigar News: Ortega Serie D Black (Cigar Preview)

At the 2014 IPCPR Trade Show, Ortega Premium Cigars showcased their latest release - the long awaited Ortega Serie D Black.

The Serie D Black is a new blend that has been branded under Ortega Serie D line.  Company President Eddie Ortega told us that the Serie D Black falls somewhere in between the Serie D Natural (Medium) and Serie D Maduro (Full).  It also introduces a rounded cigar into the Serie D line - which had been all-box pressed up until this release.

While the Serie D Black was the only new product showcased by Ortega Premium Cigars, 2014 has proven to be a busy year for the company.  Earlier this year, the new HeavyDuty line was launched - a line geared at value-priced large ring gauge cigars.  Ortega has also been involving on a crowd sourced cigar project called The Ortega Project.

Cigar News: CAO Amazon Basin (Cigar Preview)

Since General Cigar Company has acquired CAO, they have always allowed the brand to maintain its creativity.  This has been exhibited not only in its regular production releases, but also in many of its limited releases.  This year, the creativity was once again demonstrated with the launch of the CAO Amazon Basin.  This is a cigar that made its debut at the 2014 IPCPR Trade Show and is targeted for an August release to retailers.

Cigar News: Nathan McIntyre Resigns from House of Emilio as National Director of Sales; Joins Cubanacan Cigars

Nathan McIntyre who helped House of Emilio grow from a single boutique to a nine company distribution arm has announced he is resigning as National Director of Sales and leaving the company.  McIntyre will be staying in the industry as he will be joining Cubanacan Cigars.

The following statement was made by McIntrye on his Facebook page:

"After over three years of work with House of Emilio, today I have informed the team of my intent to resign as director of sales. It was a decision made with the counsel and blessing of my wife and family.

"The people at House of Emilio have been very supportive, and I'm proud of what we have accomplished together. I could not have made it without Gary's guidance, who hired me when I was completely unproven, and taught me so much along the way. It has also been thrilling to watch the brands in House of Emilio all grow and reach retailers and customers around the country. All I have ever wanted to do was introduce great cigars to great people. I will always be a fan of the House of Emilio mission.

Monday, July 28, 2014

Feature Story: Viaje Cigars at the 2014 IPCPR

Prior to the 2014 IPCPR Trade Show, Viaje Cigars made three announcements on new releases: Viaje Collaboration 2014, Viaje Cache, and the Viaje Satori 2014.  While these products were on display at the 2014 IPCPR Trade Show, these products were already shipped to retailers just prior to the show.  The name Viaje means "journey" and there is no doubt this is what Andre Farkas' company mission is.  Viaje is a dynamic company that constantly is mixing things up.  The company's small batch production model has become a game changer in the industry.  We managed to catch up with Farkas at this year's trade show. We learned about his latest projects, and got a view of where Viaje's journey will be heading for the remainder of 2014.

Cigar News: Avo Heritage Lancero (Cigar Preview)

The lancero format is coming to the Avo Cigars brand.  At the 2014 IPCPR Trade Show, Avo Cigars announced the launch of the Avo Heritage in a 7 1/4 x 40 lancero format.  This marks the first lancero to be released in under the Avo Cigars brand.

The Avo Heritage Lancero will be a limited production blend, with 2,500 twenty-count boxes produced in 2014. Pricing is expected at $8.25 per cigar.

The Avo Heritage Lancero becomes the first line extension to the Avo Heritage line since the launch of the Avo Heritage Special Toro.  Much like the lancero, the Special Toro was also a first for Avo Cigars as that was the brand's first 6 x 60.

Cigar News: VegaFina Sumum 2013 by Altadis USA (Cigar Preview)

Altadis USA has released a third VegaFina Sumum blend.  At the 2014 IPCPR Trade Show, the VegaFina Sumum 2013 was showcased.  This cigar introduced an entirely new blend into the VegaFina Sumum line.

Like the previous two editions of the VegaFina Sumum series, the VegaFina Sumum 2010 and the VegaFina Sumum 2012, the VegaFina Sumum 2013 was introduced outside the U.S. market first.  All three were introduced to the market as a limited edition cigar, but earlier this year the VegaFina Sumum 2010 became a regular production and extended  sizes.