AJ Fernandez Cigars promotes Enrique “Ricky” Somoza to U.S. Director of Operations

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A.J. Fernandez Cigars, recognized for creating some of the most acclaimed cigars in the industry, announces that Enrique “Ricky” Somoza will now oversee operations in the U.S. Ricky has relocated to Miami from Estelí, Nicaragua, where he was production manager at the Tabacalera A.J. Fernandez Cigars de Nicaragua Factory , since 2013. 

Ricky Somoza, born and raised in Miami, attended Florida International University with a focus in Political Science, and eventually turned his sights on his family’s passion, tobacco. After meeting A.J. Fernandez on a trip to Nicaragua, they became fast friends, and Ricky soon was behind the scenes working side by side with A.J. as his production manager. 

A.J. Fernandez said, “Ricky Somoza is not only an integral part of the company but is part of the Fernandez family. Ricky has the passion, dedication, and expertise to carry on my vision for the future of the company. He will work alongside my sister Yarai Fernandez and other key family members to further solidify and strengthen our distribution in the U.S.” 

Ricky Somoza stated: “I am excited and look forward to the challenge of representing the brand in the U.S. It has been an honor to work alongside A.J. whom I consider a true master blender, my mentor, and best friend. Our goal for this New Year is to improve consumer satisfaction, while continuing to produce and distribute the finest premium cigars. I look forward to working with AJ on new, innovative projects which will excite cigar aficionados in the U.S. and international markets.” 

A.J. Fernandez Cigars began the New Year strongly with a 92 rating for the Enclave Churchill by Cigar Aficionado. New World and New World Connecticut were also included as Best Buy of 2015 by Cigar Aficionado

About A.J. Fernandez Cigars:

A.J. Fernandez Cigars is based on the rich tradition of the Fernandez cigar legacy. A.J. Fernandez now produces unparalleled, hand-rolled cigars in Estelí, Nicaragua which have garnered numerous top ratings and acclaim from cigar publications and consumers alike.  Today A.J. Fernandez continues the family tradition as he oversees production and manages day to day operations in his factory in Estelí. 

For more information please visit our new website: www.AJFernandezCigars.com               

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General Cigar announces today that the company has modernized the design of its iconic Macanudo logo for the U.S. market. Beginning on January 15, 2016, Macanudo Café, Macanudo Maduro, Macanudo Crü Royale and Macanudo 1968 and will feature the brand’s new look.

“The Macanudo logo has evolved to a more contemporary design, and packaging has been updated for visual consistency throughout the portfolio. The changes will make Macanudo even more appealing on shelf and more relevant to current and new cigar smokers,” said Alan Willner, vice president of marketing for General Cigar.

While the color schemes remain unchanged, the new logo is stronger, more confident and features the Macanudo word mark more prominently beneath the logo.”

Macanudo Crü Royale will now be presented in a wrap set box to match the packaging of the other cigars in line, while Macanudo 1968 will move from a cabinet-style to shell top box. Additionally, the bands for Macanudo Café will be updated with a shiny metallic gold foil, while Macanudo Crü Royale bands will feature silver foil.

The redesign marks the first change to the logo and packaging since the company began selling Macanudo nearly 50 years ago.

“While the look has progressed, the blends have not changed,” noted Willner.

Launched in 1968, Macanudo Café is General Cigar’s top-selling premium cigar brand and is available worldwide. The brand is best known for its mild flavor and silky Connecticut Shade wrapper.

For more information on Macanudo, visit Macanudo.com.

About General Cigar Company

General Cigar Co. is a leading manufacturer and marketer of handcrafted cigars for the premium market in the US. The company is owned by Scandinavian Tobacco Group.

Committed to delivering cigars of the finest quality, General Cigar’s skilled artisans produce Macanudo®, Cohiba®, La Gloria Cubana®, Partagas®, CAO®, Punch®, Hoyo de Monterrey®, Excalibur® and several other leading premium brands in the company’s Dominican, Honduran and Nicaraguan factories. In addition, the company cultivates proprietary tobacco which is used exclusively in its blends and has a dedicated R&D practice that develops new varieties of tobacco and revitalizes vintage seeds. Based in Richmond, VA, General Cigar sells through wholesalers and retailers in the US. General Cigar also operates Club Macanudo®, a cigar bar in New York City.

Read more: www.cigarworld.com.

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Famous Smoke Shop announces the release of the newest addition to the VUDU brand

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VUDU Priest is Now Available Exclusively from Famous Smoke Shop

Famous Smoke Shop is a leading online distributor of discounted premium cigars. The company specializes in offering the web’s widest selection of cigars at the lowest prices. Famous has just released the third line in their exclusive VUDU cigar brand. The new release is the VUDU Priest, with all sizes of the cigar currently available and on sale at Famous Smoke Shop through their online store and at their Easton, PA location. The first shipment has just arrived at the company’s warehouse. The company has expressed that the new brand will be available in limited quantities, but is not a one-time release and will be a consistent offering for the foreseeable future.

VUDU Priest cigars follow the wildly popular Dark and Sacrifice lines as yet another alternative for those looking to find a premium cigar at a reasonable price, with all three blended and produced by one of the best names in the industry J Fuego. The blend is bold and complex to keep any cigar lover’s attention, while maintaining a smooth draw courtesy of an Ecuadorian Connecticut wrapper. In all, the VUDU Priest is rated as medium-bodied and full-flavored which makes this cigar perfect for mild bodied cigar lovers looking to explore a cigar with a little more strength. As an added bonus, each size aside from the Corona comes in a reusable vacuum sealed humidification jar to keep your cigars fresh on arrival, and to allow each customer to store these cigars safely without taking up room in their humidor.

Gary Korb of Famous Smoke Shop and Executive Editor at Cigar Advisor remarked on the VUDU Priest: “Ecuadorian Connecticut wrapped cigars are known to give you a smooth draw while putting out a lot of flavor. It basically incorporates a mix between a Connecticut Shade leaf and a traditional dark natural leaf so you’re not lacking in either smoothness or flavor. The Priest does a great job of using this versatile wrapper to appeal to most cigar smokers, and I wouldn’t be surprised if this became an everyday smoke or at least a regular cigar for most smokers out there. All in all, it’s a great cigar with a really convenient and handy jar that you can use over and over again. I have been using my jar to keep my overflow cigars in, and it works great. It’s like I won a double jackpot on a game show!”

VUDU Priest cigars are available in four sizes – a 4 ¾ x 50 Robusto, 5 ½ x 46 Cuban Corona, 5 3/4 x 50 Toro, and a 6 3/4 x 50 Churchill. Each offer 19 cigars per humidification jar, with the Cuban Corona size offering 13 cigars in a bundle which does not include the jar. With Famous’ full discount pricing, customers can enjoy this new offering with individual retail prices which range from $3.80 to $5.15 per cigar. People interested in learning more about VUDU cigars or Famous Smoke Shop should visit www.Famous-Smoke.com or call 800-564-2486.

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Gran Habano welcomes new Vice President of Sales

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Gran Habano is proud to announce the appointment of John A. Gonzalez as their new Vice President of Sales. Gonzalez will be working closely with owner, George Rico, to manage Gran Habano’s sales team to design and implement sales promotional programs to further cultivate customer relationships.  He joins Gran Habano Cigars at an exciting time for the company as it is expected to announce the release of several new products and revamp packaging this upcoming year to invigorate the brand’s image.

John is an exceptionally seasoned executive in the field of sales and marketing, bringing 45 years of professional experience to Gran Habano in his new position, where he has implemented sales supervision and managed top-line revenues in domestic and international markets. He spent the last four years with Kuuts LLC/Tabacalera Zapata LLC as its Vice President and General Manager, where he dedicated himself to direct management of operation and supervisor of sales and marketing, successfully increasing the company’s brand recognition in the cigar industry.  Prior to working with Kuuts Cigar Brands, he devoted eight years as Vice President of Sales to Don Pepin Garcia/My Father Cigars, Inc. exceedingly achieving sales goals by strategizing marketing events to develop and introduce product line, managed its independent sales agencies, worked with customers to develop private label brands, and was responsible for startup sales with international distributors in several European countries.

In a statement made by John Gonzalez he says, “It is my pleasure to have become part of the Gran Habano company and the Rico Family, working closely with George Rico.  It is an exciting time for me and the company as we move forward to the release of the new products and programs during this New Year.  I am looking forward to the company’s growth in the domestic and international markets.”

For more information about Gran Habano, please visit www.ghcigars.com.

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Miami Cigar & Co. expands sales team with the addition of Nate McIntyre

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Miami Cigar & Company continues its growth, as the group welcomes Nate McIntyre to the family.

Nate McIntyre brings with him a strong resume, long tenure of great relationships and extensive knowledge in tobacco.  McIntyre served as the National Sales Director for House of Emilio, and later as the US Director of Sales for Cubanacan Cigars. McIntyre will now oversee sales in the South Eastern region for Miami Cigar & Co.

Jason Wood, VP of Miami Cigar & Co. stated: “Nate McIntyre brings the experience, passion, strong relationships, and industry knowledge which will only strengthen our team. We feel strongly that the addition of McIntyre will help us better serve our consumers.”

Nate McIntyre said: “The rich history of Miami Cigar & Co., brand awareness, and family culture is a natural fit for me. I look forward to working alongside Jason and the rest of the Miami Cigar family.”

About Miami Cigar & Co.
Founded by Nestor and Mariana Miranda, Miami Cigar & Co. has become one of the premier distributors of premium cigars boasting a portfolio which includes Tatiana, Don Lino and the Nestor Miranda brands. Miami Cigar &Co. also serves as the exclusive United States distributor for La Aurora, S.A, Viva Republica and Hf Barcelona brand of accessories and humidors.

Follow Miami Cigar & Company on Social Media here: Facebook: Miami Cigar & Company, Instagram: MiamiCigar, Hashtag: OneLife

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Casa De Montecristo by Prime Cigar & Whiskey Bar set to open in Brickell

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One-of-a kind venue set to open its doors early 2016 in the epicenter of Miami’s Downtown Brickell area. 

Brickell-Miami is ready to welcome Casa De Montecristo by Prime Cigar & Whiskey Bar, a sanctuary where “sophisticated relaxation” isn’t just their motto, but a way of life. Prime Cigar’s first location in Boca Raton, set them apart as the premier cigar bar in South Florida. They will now partner with Altadis USA, one of the world’s top premium cigar manufacturers, to unveil a one of kind cigar and whisky lounge, with a Miami twist. The new establishment opens its doors in early 2016, located in the heart of Miami’s business district, at Brickell’s newly built 1100 Millecento residential tower.

Prime Cigars’ founders, Jason Reznik and Ryan Leeds, decided on the 4,700 square foot location at the Millecento, as Brickell has become one of Miami’s most dynamic neighborhoods, where business and nightlife seem to live together seamlessly.  The upscale bar and lounge, will feature a walk-in humidor, full-bar stocked with exclusive and hard to find whiskeys, member’s lounge, and private board room. Custom furniture and design elements (which exude simple elegance) will please the cigar aficionados, or those looking for a unique experience, for a rare whiskey, craft cocktails, or a nightcap. The establishment also features a “vintage collector’s room,” which houses unique and vintage cigars.

One important feature that sets Prime Cigar apart is the state-of-the-art air control system. This innovative system provides 80 tons of A/C, and replaces 100 percent of the air constantly. This system was of great importance to Leeds and Reznik, as they wanted customers to enjoy themselves in the upmost comfort.

Prime Cigar was born out of close bond between father and son. Ryan Leeds’ father passed away in a tragic accident, which led Leeds to ponder the meaning of life, with friend and business partner, Jason Reznik.  Ryan retired from his career in banking which spanned two decades, and put his efforts into creating Prime Cigar in Boca.  Inspired by the lessons and experiences of his father, Ryan created a space which celebrates their love of cigars, good whiskey, and luxury comforts.

Ryan Leeds stated:” Our goal with Prime Cigar, was to create an atmosphere where patrons could slow down. We wanted an environment where friends and colleagues could spend quality time. We wanted a place where fathers and sons can create the same type of experiences that my father and I shared.  We are excited to partner Prime Cigar with Montecristo and bring our brand of “Sophisticated Relaxation” to the Miami-Dade public.

ABOUT PRIME CIGAR & WINE BAR
Founded in 2010, Prime Cigar & Wine Bar is a cigar bar and lounge featuring premium cigars, top-shelf spirits, and fine wines. Prime Cigar delivers a “sophisticated relaxation” experience to all its guests and boasts a state-of-the-art air control system, ensuring a comfortable smoke-friendly environment.

About Altadis U.S.A.

Founded in 1918, Altadis U.S.A. is one of the largest cigar manufacturers in the world, and is responsible for many noteworthy and celebrated premium cigar brands including Montecristo, Romeo y Julieta, H. Upmann, Trinidad, and VegaFina among others.. Altadis U.S.A operates premium cigar production facilities in the Dominican Republic and Honduras with production affiliations in Mexico and Nicaragua. For more information about Altadis U.S.A., please visit their website at www.altadisusa.com

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Coffee Break by Tatiana ships to stores today

coffee_breakMiami Cigar & Company, one of the originators of the flavored premium cigar is ready to ship Coffee Break by Tatiana, which was introduced this past July at the 2015 IPCPR in New Orleans.

The Coffee Break by Tatiana is a 100% handmade premium cigar, made in the Dominican Republic. The Coffee Break will come in three different flavor variations:

CORRETTO

Blended to perfection, with notes of espresso and nuances of grappa, Sambuca and brandy, this cigar is the ultimate indulgence for the worldly ones.

CORTADO

Blended to bring out the velvety rich flavors of a smooth latte, with a delectable hit of espresso, this cigar has an intense buttery caramel finish.

CAFÉ CON LECHE

This flavor is just like your morning cup of Joe. A bold roast perfectly blended, with equal parts of Cuban espresso and milk. It has an enticing coffee aroma, with nuances of robust warm milk and light vanilla notes.

The three different offerings of Coffee Break by Tatiana will be expressed in three vitolas housed in 25count boxes: 4×40 (Cuarenta) 4.5×50 (Cincuenta) 4×60 (Sesenta)

About Miami Cigar & Co.
Founded in 1989 by Nestor and Mariana Miranda, Miami Cigar & Co. has become one of the premier distributors of premium cigars boasting a portfolio which includes Tatiana, Don Lino and the Nestor Miranda brands. Miami Cigar &Co. also serves as the exclusive United States distributor for La Aurora, S.A, Viva Republica and Hf Barcelona brands.

 

Follow Miami Cigar & Company on Social Media here: Facebook: Miami Cigar & Company, Instagram: MiamiCigar, Hash tag: OneLife

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262 TO RELEASE SUIT & TIE IN DECEMBER 2015

unnamed262 Cigars will celebrate its fifth anniversary in style. The company is slated to release its sixth blend this December 2015 called Suit & Tie. Suit & Tie will be become the company’s second short run release and will commemorate 262 Cigars’ five years in the cigar industry.

The story of the Suit & Tie happened when 262 Cigars founder Clint Aaron was on a factory trip working on some future cigars and fell in love with a blend. Not knowing what to do with the blend, he decided to shelve it.

“I was at the factory and this particular blend grabbed a hold of me. I wanted to wait until the timing was right, so we put it on the back burner,” Aaron said. He went on to say, “I was on a road trip, and all of the sudden it hit me like a ton of bricks. That blend would be perfect for a short-run to coincide with our 5 years of being in the industry.”

When it came to naming the song, Aaron drew his inspiration from a pop song. “I was driving down the highway, smoking that blend, the windows were rolled down, and Suit & Tie by Justin Timberlake came on the radio. At that moment I knew that the cigar was destined to be put into production. I called Mike, Jerry, and Kyle and told them my hair-brained idea. They were on board and jumped right in; this has been a fun cigar to create. It had to be offered in my two favorite sizes, Box Press Toro and Lancero. It just made sense to call the cigar Suit & Tie; we really wanted to have some fun with this release.”

Suit & Tie will be available in ten count boxes for in both a Box Press Toro and a Lancero.

Suit & Tie will be available to select stores nationwide. This list will be released at a later date, but each store will receive 10 boxes of each size.

250 10-count boxes of Box Press Toro
250 10-count boxes of Lancero

MSRP is $125/box

Suit & Tie is 262’s first short-run production in almost four years. Back in February 2012, the company’s other short run cigar, the 262 Manifesto was released.

262 Cigars is located in Lynchburg, VA and had been available at retail locations since 2010. The team at 262 Cigars made a splash with its initial release, Paradigm, and has had much success with the release of Ideology, Revere, and Allegiance. They made a mark in the bundle market with the release of Peacefield at this year’s IPCPR in New Orleans.

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Famous Smoke Shop Unveils Padron Collaboration for the Famous 75th Anniversary Cigar

CI-FPA-F75N-400“I do not consider a sale complete until the customer is satisfied,” says Famous Smoke Shop CEO Arthur Zaretsky, who took over the modest New York City cigar store that his parents’ established in 1939. Now located in Easton, PA, today Famous Smoke Shop is the leading online distributor of discounted premium cigars, specializing in offering the web’s widest selection of cigars at the lowest prices. Several thousand miles away, in Nicaragua, Jorge Padrón has been carrying on his family’s primary mission: making cigars of “exceptional quality,” while striving to give cigar smokers “the confidence that each cigar is perfect,” as his father has done since 1964. In celebrating over seven decades of quality and integrity, these two second-generation cigar men have collaborated on the release of an exclusive, limited edition Padrón cigar – the Famous 75th Padrón Anniversary cigar.

Famous 75th Padrón 1926 Series cigars are made in one size, a 5″ x 54 box-pressed robusto rolled in two wrapper choices – Nicaraguan Habano natural or Nicaraguan Habano maduro. Presented in boxes of 10 cigars, these puros are exquisitely handcrafted with 5-year-aged Nicaraguan tobaccos offering a smooth, creamy, well-balanced smoke brimming with Padrón’s signature earthy-spicy, full-bodied flavor profile. Only 3,000 boxes have been made, and like all Padrón Cigars, they will have individual, serial-numbered cigar bands.

Arthur and Jorge, both born of humble beginnings, both focused on providing the best to their customers; throughout their combined 115 year history they have built companies that today are honored fixtures of the cigar world, respectively. Jorge’s father, Orlando, owned and managed cigar factories in Nicaragua and Honduras. Like the progeny of many tobacco growing, cigar making families, Jorge worked closely with his father since childhood, traveling with him daily to the office, learning every aspect of the cigar business.

Likewise, Arthur Zaretsky learned the retail side of the business from his parents, David and Rose, who owned the original Famous Smoke Shop on West Broadway in Manhattan. Virtually living behind the sales counter, Arthur worked 80 hours a week to support the family business. After his father passed-away, Arthur continued to work with Rose, whom the customers affectionately called “Rosie.” While Rosie took care of the customers, Arthur began building the little cigar store into a thriving direct mail business from their new location on West 39th Street.

Living and breathing a passion for cigars, Arthur and Jorge have come to recognize and appreciate what their families have created. Backed with confidence and a commitment to quality and customer satisfaction, both men took what their families had built and grew them into prosperous internationally-renowned businesses.

“Both Jorge and I owe a lot to our parents and the values they taught us,” said Mr. Zaretsky. “So, in celebrating our 75 year legacy as Famous Smoke Shop, and in the spirit of family, we celebrate you – our customer – with this special cigar from Padrón.”

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Nomad Cigar Co. Releases a San Andres H-Town Lancero for Stogies

Stogies-H-Town-Lancero-Nomad-San-AndresNomad Cigar Company and Stogies World Class Cigars are pleased to announce the release of the Nomad H-Town San Andres Lancero exclusively for Stogies World Class Cigars in Houston, TX.
“Early in the year Fred brought me a few unreleased lancero samples knowing that I’m a big fan of the vitola. After enjoying each and every one of them I realized I just had to have this blend in my H-Town lineup. The cigar complements the rest of the collection and it is the only one with a San Andres Wrapper. I’m excited to have an exclusive from Nomad, one of the fastest growing and most exciting young brands,” said Jorge Ahued of Stogies.
The blend was created to fully showcase the San Andres Wrapper and consists of a Dominican Binder and Both Dominican and Nicaraguan fillers.
“I am honored to be a part of a very exclusive group of blenders participating in this series. Lanceros offer a flavor experience that cannot be found in other sizes. Jorge has put together an amazing, and diverse, collection of Lanceros that are sure to please cigar aficionados everywhere. For Nomad, it is another milestone in what has certainly been an incredible journey since starting the company,” said Fred Rewey, Nomad Cigar Co.
This project adds yet another blend to Nomad’s already substantial growth since the company’s inception in 2012. The Stogies H-Town Lancero is Nomad’s 10th blend/release.
The Nomad H-Town San Andres Lancero is releasing this week and will be exclusively available at Stogies World Class Cigars in Houston.
Additional Details:
Country of Origin: Dominican Republic
Factory: Tobacalera L&V
Wrapper: San Andres
Binder: Dominican Habano
Filler: Dominican and Nicaraguan
Size: 7 Inches
Ring Gauge: 38
MSRP: $8.50 (10 count box)
First Release: 2,000 Cigars / 200 boxes
Release Date: November 18, 2015
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