Nomad Cigar Co. Releases the Nomad SA-17

nomadNomad Cigar Company is pleased to announce the release of the Nomad SA-17 to retail stores on May 18, 2016.
The SA-17 was actually a “sister” blend to the Nomad C-276 back when Fred Rewey, the man behind Nomad Cigar Company, started experimenting with San Andres tobacco.
Nomad SA-17 marks the seventh full production cigar Nomad has done inEstelí at Tobacalera AJ Fernandez.
“I love working with tobacco at AJ Fernandez’s factory. Ask anyone around, he has amassed some of the best aged, most diverse, quality tobacco. For me, blending is a creative process. It is nice to have that home in Estelí to blend and experiment.” – said Rewey.
This is not the first time that San Andres has shown up in Fred’s work. Recently San Andres was used as a binder in the Nomad Connecticut Therapy blend and as a wrapper in the Stogies H-Town Lancero.
“I love San Andres wrapper. It may have taken me several years to wrap my arms around how it ages and plays with other tobaccos…but, for me it was worth the wait.” – Rewey added.
Details on the Nomad SA-17 include… 
Wrapper: San Andres
Binder: Nicaraguan
Filler: Nicaraguan
Factory: Tobacalera AJ Fernandez
21 Count Box.
Available in sizes…
Robusto (5×50)
Coronita (5.5×46)
Toro (6×50)
Shorty (4×56)
MSRP $8.50 – 9.75.
For additional questions contact:
Fred “Godfadr” Rewey, Nomad Cigar Company
Twitter: @Godfadr
Phone: 855-MYNOMAD (or 855-696-6623)
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Drew Estate Announces 2016 Barn Smoker Event Program & Dates

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Today, Drew Estate announced the 2016 Barn Smoker Program, which includes the new Florida Barn Smoker as well as the annual Connecticut Barn Smoker and Kentucky Barn Smoker. Barn Smokers are a completely unique experience, bringing the cigar smoker to the farm level, where they experience first-hand tobacco growing, processing, and finishing.

Florida Barn Smoker, June 4, 2016, Clermont, Florida – Drew Estate will join Corona Cigar Company’s Jeff Borsiewicz on his Clermont, Florida farm, where they will highlight the unique agricultural aspects of Florida Sun Grown Tobacco. Drew Estate has been fermenting FSG in Estelí, Nicaragua since 2013 and will be officially releasing the new FSG cigars at the scheduled store event at Corona Cigar Company that same evening following the farm experience.

Connecticut Barn Smoker, August 6, 2016, South Windsor, Connecticut – Drew Estate will host the second annual Connecticut Barn Smoker, held in the legendary Connecticut River Valley. Drew Estate will be joined by their agricultural partners in Connecticut, the farmers who are responsible for growing some of the most sought after tobaccos in the world. Drew Estate utilizes these tobaccos in brands such as Liga Privada, Undercrown, ACID, and Nica Rustica.

Kentucky Barn Smoker, October 1, 2016, Hopkinsville, Kentucky – Drew Estate will host the third annual Kentucky Barn Smoker in Hopkinsville, Kentucky, the heart of the American Dark Fire Cured tobacco production. Drew Estate will, once again, display a live fire curing of Kentucky Seed, Kentucky Grown tobaccos and will demonstrate the fire curing process from start to finish.

The Barn Smoker Event Program was founded in 2014 with the first annual Kentucky Barn Smoker in Hopkinsville, Kentucky and was followed up in 2015 to include the Connecticut Barn Smoker in the Connecticut River Valley. Last year, over 1,000 consumers, retailers, media members, and agricultural partners joined Drew Estate in Kentucky and Connecticut for full days of premium tobacco agricultural immersion. There were several stations highlighting key harvesting and curing processes, such as the stalk cutting of Connecticut River Valley Broadleaf Tobacco and air curing of these premium tobaccos. Most notably, Jonathan Drew and our partners in Hopkinsville, Kentucky first presented to consumers a live demonstration of the time-honored tradition of fire curing Kentucky black tobaccos.

From his Wynwood, Florida office, Jonathan Drew stated that, “Drew Estate has pioneered agricultural tourism in the tobacco sector. Barn Smokers are an extension of our critically acclaimed Cigar Safari program, where we invite over 500 consumers a year to our home in Estelí, Nicaragua – La Gran Fabrica Drew Estate. Barn Smokers are all about the American tobacco experience, and they are our way of demonstrating our commitment to transparent and authentic production to the final consumer, while celebrating artisanal products with roots to the American tobacco industry.”

Drew Estate will be announcing ticket prices and availability through their email newsletter. Visitwww.barnsmoker.com and register for their email newsletter to be the first to know when tickets for each event go live. Tickets are limited in nature and have sold out within 24 hours historically for each event.

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Altadis U.S.A. Announces Montecristo Grupo de Maestros Private Batch II An Extremely Limited Edition

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After the major success of the Montecristo Grupo de Maestros Private Batch, Altadis U.S.A. is proud to announce the release of Montecristo Grupo de Maestros Private Batch II, a sequel to its limited-edition predecessor.

“Like the original, we expect this limited edition to sell out quickly and be an aficionado’s favorite. This cigar will showcase the Maestros’ passion and craft, exploiting adult cigar consumers’ palates with rich aromas,” Altadis U.S.A. says.

For years, Grupo de Maestros has been making their own private blend of Montecristo cigars from a special combination of tobaccos. Now, these cigars will once again be available to the public, but only in extremely limited quantities.

Grupo de Maestros is an elite brotherhood of master blenders and cigar makers. The Maestros bring with them more than 250 years of combined experience and have united to create a rare experience for cigar enthusiasts worldwide.

The Montecristo Grupo de Maestros Private Batch II features a new size and blend. This medium-bodied cigar is deeply colored and comes with a rich Ecuadorian Sumatra wrapper, Dominican Olor binder and Nicaraguan filler leaves. Together these tobaccos yield a predominant aroma of wood with hints of leather, dry fruit and coffee.

Grupo de Maestros cigars are available in the 50 x 6” Toro size. Only 250 boxes will be made and shipped at the end of April.

Priced at $15 each, the Montecristo Grupo de Maestros cigars are displayed in 100-count boxes. These premium cigars will be tagged in specially numbered original cedar boxes and wrapped in burlap that showcases a mural of the Grupo de Maestros. Each box has its unique rustic character: the aromatic cedar shelves were aged and made into trunk boxes that preserve their natural wear.

For more information regarding the Montecristo Grupo de Maestros Private Batch II, please contact Yasemin Ozoncul at: yozoncul@altadisusa.com.

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Macanudo Inspirado…The Evolution Continues

Macanudo’s acclaimed international blends will soon be available to cigar lovers in the U.S., with the release of two channel-exclusive collections.

Macanudo Inspirado debuted in Europe in 2014 and quickly became a global success, selling in more than 40 countries worldwide. Beginning this month, Macanudo Inspirado Orange and Macanudo Inspirado Black will be full-time additions to the Macanudo portfolio.

“The launch of Macanudo Inspirado marks another exciting milestone for this iconic brand,” said Alan Willner, vice president of marketing. By bringing this global brand extension stateside, we are continuing to evolve Macanudo by expanding the line with fuller-flavored offerings. We are confident that Macanudo Inspirado will be a welcome addition to the repertoires of tenured smokers who seek expertly blended, proprietary tobaccos from a variety of origins.”

Macanudo Inspirado Orange will be available only through brick and mortar cigar shops, and Macanudo Inspirado Black will be available through internet and catalog retailers exclusively. The collections are presented in 20 count boxes. Additional details appear below.

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Macanudo Inspirado OrangeBrick and Mortar Exclusive

  • Ship date:                            April 25th
  • Flavor Profile:                    Medium body
  • Blend Details:                    Wrapper—Honduras/Olancho San Agustin
  • Binder – Honduras
  • Filler – D.R., Honduras, Nicaragua
  • Factory:                                HATSA
  • Frontmarks/Pricing:        Toro (5.75” x 52); SRP per cigar is $6.59
  • Gigante (6” x 60); SRP per cigar is $7.19
  • Churchill (7” x 50); SRP per cigar is $6.99
  • Robusto (5” x 50); SRP per cigar is $6.19
  • Tasting Notes:                   Complex, medium bodied smoke with a lingering sweetness

Macanudo Inspirado BlackInternet/Catalog Exclusive

  • Ship date:                            April 11
  • Flavor Profile:                    Medium-to-full body
  • Blend Details:                    Wrapper – USA/Habano Connecticut
  • Binder – D.R. (La Vega Especiale/proprietary)
  • Filler: Honduras, Nicaragua and D.R.
  • Factory:                                General Cigar Dominicana
  • Frontmarks/Pricing:        Toro (5.75” x 52); SRP per cigar is $6.59
  • Gigante (6” x 60); SRP per cigar is $7.19
  • Churchill (7” x 50); SRP per cigar is $6.99
  • Robusto (5” x 50); SRP per cigar is $6.19
  •  Tasting Notes:                  Full-flavored and spicy, balanced by slightly sweet notes
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Jonathan Drew Announces New Company “John Drew Brands”

Jonathan Drew Announces New Company “John Drew Brands,” along with 3 inaugural brand launches – John Drew Collection Rye, Brixton Mash Destroyer, and Dove Tale Rum

Jonathan Drew has announced his plans today to enter the spirits industry with his new venture, “John Drew Brands.” The movement will focus on spirits, craft beverages, and food.

Best known for “Market Disruption” before the word was an art form, JD pioneered new market segments in the premium cigar industry with brands such as “ACID Cigars” and “Kentucky Fire Cured Cigars.” Over 19 years, the Drew Estate founder created one of the world’s largest premium cigar companies – Drew Estate.  In November 2014, DE was sold to Swisher International (Swisher Sweets) for an undisclosed amount.

“My life’s journey has been hard, and sometimes painful,” said the 45-year-old Drew. “Permanently moving to war-torn Nicaragua in 1998 without speaking a word of Spanish was emblematic of the risks I embraced to have access to the raw materials we required for our cigars.  While I’m proud of the successful brands & culture we’ve birthed at DE, my greatest pride and joy was living inside the factory for 14 years, only steps away from the daily production, packaging, and leaf processing.  On a daily basis, I was working on the factory floor before breakfast. The dedication and hard work from the DE team in the USA allowed me to remain laser focused on brand ideation from an organic perspective on the factory floor, not from a whack corporate office.”

President of Drew Estate, Michael Cellucci, commented from Estelí, Nicaragua, “JD might just be the Bo Jackson of the cigar and spirits industries. His passion and commitment for Drew Estate Cigar Company remains 100% intact with no plan to disengage. I have full confidence in his team’s ability to develop a legacy in the spirits world as well. JD is a visionary with an attitude to match, but he doesn’t forget his roots or his people.  This is going to be a lot of fun and Jonathan is amped up, so expect a wild ride.”

To continue to follow the developing story of John Drew Brands, visit the new websites for the brands at http://mashdestroyer.com, http://dovetalerum.com, and http://johndrewrye.com. Also, follow John Drew Brands on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook at @johndrewbrands.

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About John Drew Brands:

Founded in 2015, John Drew Brands is an NDP Beverage Startup, with a reckless spirit to destroy… Initially focused on developing rums and whiskey brands, as well as “Second Birth Craft Spirits,” John Drew Brands represents quality, transparency and vision-forward philosophy. Brand portfolio includes Brixton Mash Destroyer, Dove Tale Rum, and John Drew Rye.

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Davidoff of Geneva Grand Opening in Tampa

RenditionLast night, Saturday, February 27th, the new Davidoff of Geneva retail store had it’s grand opening.

Here is some info from the press release: “Cementing its commitment to the Tampa Bay Community, Davidoff of Geneva will open its largest cigar bar and lounge in the world, located in the MetWest shopping village on February 18. A partnership with Jeff and Tanya Borysiewicz, owners of Orlando-based Corona Cigar Company, Davidoff of Geneva since 1911 – Tampa occupies a spectacular 5,000 square feet and offers guests a completely humidified store and elegant full-service bar, featuring the largest collection of whiskies and small batch bourbons in Tampa.

The store is a beautiful illustration of Davidoff of Geneva’s new global retail concept, which features a luxury environment and guest experience. Guests are welcomed into a premium cigar retail space, flanked by multiple indoor and outdoor lounges. Private lockers are also available for lease by customers who seek storage for their personal collections.

“We are proud to open this exceptional Davidoff of Geneva since 1911 store in our home market,” said Jim Young, president of Davidoff of Geneva North America. “The MetWest center is certain to become a luxury retail and dining destination, and our collaboration with Jeff and Tanya is the culmination of a longtime partnership. Tampa is home to Davidoff, and we couldn’t be happier.”

“Davidoff of Geneva is the global leader in luxury cigar experiences and we couldn’t have found a better partner with whom to celebrate Tampa’s rich cigar culture,” says Jeff Borysiewicz, president of Corona Cigar Company.

I was able to attend the Grand Opening along with over 700 other people! Along with many cigar enthusiasts, I ran into a number of our local cigar reps and brand owners. Avo Uvezian was the event’s special guest. He was looking great, spending time on the main floor, enjoying a cigar with the rest of the folks. Also in attendance was Eric and Bobby Newman of J.C. Newman Cigars, Dylan Austin of Camacho Cigars, Erik Calvino of Cigar Snob magazine, Cynthia Fuente of Arturo Fuente Cigars, Lisa Figueredo of Cigar City Magazine and many others.

Everyone in attendance enjoyed the exclusive Davidoff Tampa blend, made especially for this new location. Champagne also flowed during the event to celebrate the opening.

The shop received its liquor license just days before the grand opening. The bar is very impressive and has the biggest selection of Scotch, Whiskies and other spirits that I have ever seen. Beer and wine is also available.

As I mentioned, with over 700 people in attendance, the event was packed but, moving around was not an issue and the outdoor seating areas helped a great deal.

In addition to the retail area, there is a conference space on the second floor that I understand will be available to reserve for cigar friendly meetings. A nice touch in the ever growing smoking restricted areas.

Davidoff of Geneva – Tampa is located right along “Restaurant Row” near the International Mall and Tampa International Airport. It will be a great spot to relax after a fine meal with a cigar and adult beverage.

I wish Jeff Borysiewicz and Davidoff the best of success with their new location. It was certainly a great kickoff last night!

Davidoff of Geneva since 1911 – Tampa – 4142 W. Boy Scout Boulevard Tampa, FL  33607 Phone: (813) 513-7560

Hours of Operation

  • Monday & Tuesday: 9am to Midnight
  • Wednesday & Thursday: 9am to 1am
  • Friday & Saturday: 9am to 2am
  • Sunday: 10am to Midnight
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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               

Follow A.J Fernandez Cigars on Social Media here: Facebook: AJ Fernandez Cigars, Instagram: AJFCigars, Twitter: AJFCigars

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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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