Category Archives: Cigars

Cigar Advisor Releases 2016 CA Report: West Coast Beer and Cigar Pairings

Cigar Advisor published a new article entitled “2016 CA Report: West Coast Beer and Cigar Pairings,” by copywriter Jonathan Detore and beer expert Lauren Lerch. Cigar Advisor is an online cigar magazine that brings a fresh, irreverent, and down-to-earth perspective on all things cigar related to thousands of cigar lovers around the world. In addition to educational cigar content and behind-the-scenes cigar industry articles from some of the business’s top names, Cigar Advisor delivers an array of content about a variety of topics of interest to people who enjoy the cigar lifestyle.

Author Jonathan Detore’s “Cigar Advisor Releases 2016 CA Report: West Coast Beerand Cigar Pairings” is a collaboration piece, soliciting help from Red Rock Brewery’s Lauren Lerch, an avid beer fan and expert. From judging beer tastings to covering a wide array of topics within the micro-brew industry on her website Crafty Beer Girls along with her partner Jenni, Lauren’s experience with west coast beers was an integral part in creating this piece. Throughout the article Jonathan lists some of the best-selling cigars in the industry along with their flavor notes, including such favorites as the Acid Kuba Kuba and Romeo y Julieta 1875. Lauren then gives her interpretation as to which brew made exclusively in the western United States would pair with each cigar.

When asked about the article, Cigar Advisor’s Jonathan Detore said “This was a great way to try and reach the west coast and make them feel included in our community. It’s hard to cover west coast beers in detail considering we call the east coast home. That’s why I think it was really important to get someone from out west to be a part of this, and who better than my longtime friend Lauren? She knows more about beerthan I probably do about cigars, so it was obvious that she would be my go-to person, and luckily she agreed to help. With so many good brews coming out of Colorado, Oregon, and Utah, I’m sure it wasn’t hard for her to pick out some personal winners for her. The trick was really pairing the beers with the cigars and finding those flavor notes that really jive.”

This collaborative piece lists five different cigars with a west coast beer pairing for each. Most brews can be found on a national basis in order to give Cigar Advisor’s audience a chance to sample these recommended beer and cigar pairings for themselves. In addition, Famous Smoke Shop has released a Pairing guide that allows you to pair both liquor and beers with some great cigars — Cheek it out here.

Cigar Advisor magazine is a digital publication created for real cigar enthusiasts who love tobacco and live the lifestyle. Cigar smokers are passionate about almost everything they do — whether it’s the drinks they savor, the food they devour, the cars and motorcycles they dream of, the sports they’re fanatical about or the women they love, Cigar Advisor shares those passions with a razor-sharp edge, soaking up each day and experience as if it were our last. For those interested in learning more about Cigar Advisor, log on to Cigar Advisor or to find more about Crafty Beer Girls or Red Rock Brewery, check out and respectively.

Adorini Leather Cigar Case review

There are many portable accessories we cigar smokers can use to transport and protect our cigars when we are away from home. Adorini’s Leather Cigar Case is a beautiful addition to anyone’s collection for use in more formal and elegant social situations.

The case I was given for review was made from real leather, very soft and smooth to the touch. The stitching along the edges was neat and very attractive.


Inside, the case is lined with Spanish cedar and had two adjustable dividers. I was able to easily fit up to 5 cigars of varying sizes with no problems. The case is adjustable for just about any length cigar.

The case easily fit in the outer pocket of my suit jackets and it also fit in most of my inner breast pockets albeit a bit snug in some of them.

One of the best features of this case is the ability to see the cigar band once the case is opened. You don’t have to pull each cigar out to see which one it is, the band is easily in view.

20160729_195752The presentation box is well made and suitable for gift giving (bonus points if you gift it full of cigars!). The case sells for $75 retail and the quality is well worth it.

If you are looking to give a cigar accessory gift to a friend or perhaps yourself, you can find this case and other accessories at Adorini’s website:

D’Crossier announces Presidential Collection, Pennsylvania Avenue

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Isaias Santana Diaz of Pure Aromas Cigars Inc. is proud to introduce the new Pennsylvania Avenue, a line extension to his D’Crossier Presidential Collection Line Series.
The Presidential Collection began as the Presidential Four Pack in the Diplomacy Series. This new line of cigars are handcrafted in San Jose Costa Rica, using a beautiful Habano Criollo Especial wrapper, a Habano binder with fillers from Brazil and the Dominican Republic. The cigar is medium to full body with a full range of flavors and has been aging in Santana’s Humidor for approximately 19 months.
Santana Diaz’s inspiration for the Pennsylvania Avenue comes from his appreciation of this great country which has been his home since he arrived in 1995.
Santana decided to release this collection at this most auspicious time; while the cigar industry is engaged in a fight for its life against the FDA, who is attempting to regulate it into submission. “Smoking a cigar is about personal freedom, a choice to enjoy something that is familiar, generational and in my case handed down from my father to me. I am hopeful that our industry will be unscathed”, said Santana-Diaz.
The Presidential Collection Pennsylvania Avenue Series will be available in four (4) vitolas, Gordito 4-1/8 x 52, Wide Toro 5-1/8 x 58, Tainos 5-7/8 x 54, and a Robusto 4-7/8 x 50. They will retail from $8.00 to $12.00 respectively.
Available July 24th 2016.
Please visit D’Crossier Cigars/Espinosa Premium Cigars at Booth #1213
International Premium Cigar & Pipe Retailers (IPCPR) Las Vegas
July 24-28, 2016

Gran Habano announces the release of the Persian King Maduro

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Gran Habano announces the release of the Persian King Maduro, its addition to the very popular Persian King line.

The Persian King Maduro is an unbanded Persian King, a complex cigar with a full flavor profile and a creamy smooth finish. This unique blend of Nicaraguan fillers, a Nicaraguan binder foot, and a Nicaraguan sun-grown Maduro wrapper is available in both the 6 x 50 Rajah and 6 x 60 Tiger.

  • Country of Origin: Honduras
  • Factory: G.R. Tabacaleras Unidas, S.A.
  • Distributor: Gran Habano
  • Wrapper: Nicaraguan Sun Grown Maduro
  • Binder: Nicaraguan
  • Filler: Nicaraguan
  • Size: 6 x 50 Rajah, 6 x 60 Tiger Box Count: 50

MSRP: $5.12-$6.18 per stick

Release Date: June 28, 2016

Nomad Cigar Co. to release ‘Martial Law’ at IPCPR

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Nomad Cigar Company is pleased to announce the release of ‘Martial Law’ at this year’s IPCPR show in July.
Martial Law’s blend utilizes all four tobacco regions of Nicaragua; Jalapa, Condega, Esteli, and Ometepe.
Packaged in a 12 count box, with dividers, Martial Law marks Nomad’s 8th Nicaraguan blend and 11th blend overall in its portfolio of offerings.
“The Esteli Lot 8613 has been one of my most popular blends. I love the rustic nature of it but also wanted something with a bit more punch or complexity. Basically the Matial Law blend started as my wanting a double ligero version of the Lot 8613 and kind of grew from there. – Fred Rewey stated.
It is also Nomad’s first project with James and Angela Brown at Fabrica Oveja Negra.
Rewey added, “I was very impressed with Fabrica Oveja Negra during a visit last year. Frankly, I have not seen anyone get a new factory up to speed as fast as they did. With attention to detail and excellent tobacco, a project there was inevitable at some point.”
Details on the Nomad Martial Law include… 
Wrapper: Habano
Binder: Jalapa
Filler: Nicaraguan
Factory: Fabrica Oveja Negra
6×50 Toro, 12 Count Box, $12.00 msrp


For additional questions contact:
Fred “Godfadr” Rewey, Nomad Cigar Company
Twitter: @Godfadr
Phone: 855-MYNOMAD (or 855-696-6623)

Drew Diplomat Event Series kicks off with the Liga Privada Unico Serie Velvet Rat and at a Drew Diplomat Retailer near you!


Drew Estate announced today the launch of the Drew Diplomat Event Series, an event tour that makes stops across the United States at Drew Diplomat Retailers. The final stop of this tour will take place on August 6, 2016 at the second annual Connecticut Barn Smoker, held on the same Connecticut River Valley farm that produces the wrapper for Drew Estate’s Liga Privada No. 9 and Liga Privada T52 cigars.

The Liga Privada Unico Serie Velvet Rat is presented in a 6 ¼ x 46 Lonsdale vitola, featuring the iconic fan tail featured on many Unico Serie Cigars. The cigar features a Connecticut Broadleaf “High” Mediums Wrapper, with a Plantation Sungrown Brazilian Mata Fina Binder and filler leaves from Nicaragua and Honduras. In total, 5,000 Velvet Rats were produced in January 2015, and have since been at La Gran Fabrica Drew Estate aging in the companies cold rooms. The cigar was previously released in October of 2012 at Tesa Cigars, limited to 100 bundles of 10, and at the first annual Connecticut River Valley Barnsmoker last August.

From Jonathan Drew’s Wynwood Safe House, he stated that, “fellowship is at the cornerstone of Drew culture, and now that we are over 5,000 members on DIPS, we wanted to do something extra-ordinary for you guys.  Over the last five years, peeps keep asking about snagging some Velvets. With this momentous Diplomat achievement, we wanted to get ya’ll something bangin.”

Drew Estate fans who are members of the Drew Diplomat Mobile App Program will also be eligible to receive an exclusive Liga Privada Unico Serie Velvet Rat when they make a qualifying promotional purchase at a Drew Estate event in Drew Diplomat Retailers between now and August 6, 2016, while supplies last. The Drew Diplomat mobile application launched on June 3, 2016 and is available on the App Store for iPhone® and iPod Touch® and on Google Play™ for Android™.

Jessi Flores, Director of Subculture Studios, dedicated a commemorative graffiti mural at De la Esquina de los Bancos media cuadra al Oeste in Esteli, Nicaragua, in honor of the first 5,000 Drew Diplomat Members.

Jessi, also known as ‘Victims’, under his street art alias, mentioned that, “This mural is a process that is going to take the summer to complete. We started off with the Diplomat logo and added our unique techniques. We are dropping a Velvet Rat on the wall to compliment the Guardabarranco, the bird that represents our Country. We are proud to see Nicaragua play such a pivotal role in the Diplomat program.”

President of Drew Estate, Michael Cellucci stated. “One of the main goals of creating Drew Diplomat was to connect our Drew Estate final consumers to the Retailers who have stood behind our premium cigars for so many years. Now, with the “Drew Diplomat Rewards Program” we are truly effective from both the on-line and in-store avenues.  It’s a fun and effective approach to show appreciation to the Drew Estate extended family.”
Events that are currently scheduled at Drew Diplomat Retailers between today and August 6, 2016 are listed below. Drew Estate representatives will be present at the events to help answer any questions related to setting up the app on their mobile devices.

· 06/28/2016 – The Beer Sellar in Newport, KY  5:00 PM – 8:00 PM
· 06/29/2016 – Tobacco Road Outlet in Fayetteville, NC  3:00 PM – 6:00 PM
· 06/29/2016 – Blend Bar and Cigar in Indianapolis, IN  5:00 PM – 8:00 PM
· 06/29/2016 – Fort Orange Club in Albany, NY  5:00 PM – 9:00 PM
· 06/29/2016 – Humidor Fine Cigars & Wine in Dothan, AL  5:00 PM – 8:00 PM
· 06/29/2016 – ABC Fine Wine & Spirits in Orlando, FL  6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
· 06/30/2016 – Cigar Club in Modesto, CA  4:00 PM – 8:00 PM
· 06/30/2016 – Up Down Tobacco in Chicago, IL  5:00 PM – 8:00 PM
· 06/30/2016 – Brookelyn Premium Cigars; Wilmington, NC  5:00  – 8:00 PM
· 06/30/2016 – Superior Smoke Shoppes; Natrona Heights, PA  5:00  – 8:00 PM
· 06/30/2016 – Brennans in Taunton, MA  6:00 PM – 10:00 PM
· 06/30/2016 – ABC Fine Wine & Spirits in Hudson, FL  6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
· 07/01/2016 – Tobacco Road Outlet in Fuquay Varina, NC  12:00 PM – 3:00 PM
· 07/01/2016 – Aficionado’s Premium Cigars; Coral Springs, FL  5:00  – 8:00 PM
· 07/02/2016 – Three J’s in Davie, FL  12:00 PM – 3:00 PM
· 07/02/2016 – East End Cigar Co in Myrtle Beach, SC  1:00 PM – 6:00 PM
· 07/05/2016 – Tinderbox in Myrtle Beach, SC  5:00 PM – 9:00 PM
· 07/06/2016 – Five Points Cigar Shop & Lounge in Athens, GA  5:00 – 8:00 PM
· 07/07/2016 – Pars & Cigars in West Des Moines, IA  4:00 PM – 7:00 PM
· 07/07/2016 – Jungle Jims in Fairfield, OH from 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM
· 07/08/2016 – Smoker Friendly in Pittsburgh, PA from 2:00 PM – 5:00 PM
· 07/08/2016 – Aphelion Cigar in Gambrills, MD from 5:00 PM – 9:00 PM
· 07/09/2016 – Cascade Cigar & Tobacco in Happy Valley, OR  1:00 – 6:00 PM
· 07/09/2016 – Allegheny Smokeworks in Pittsburgh, PA  11:00 AM – 2:00 PM
· 07/09/2016 – Buttheads Tobacco Emporium in Danbury, CT  12:00 – 4:00 PM
· 07/09/2016 – Hawaii Prince Hotel in Honolulu, HI  6:00 PM – 9:00 PM
· 07/09/2016 – Havana Mix Cigar Emporium in Memphis, TN  6:00 – 9:00 PM
· 07/09/2016 – En Fuego Tobacco Shop in Rockwall, TX  2:00 PM – 6:00 PM
· 07/11/2016 – Cup O Joes in Queensbury, NY  12:00 PM – 5:00 PM
· 07/13/2016 – Genuine Tobacco Company in Columbia, PA  5:00 PM – 9:00 PM
· 07/13/2016 – Park Avenue Club in Florham, NJ from 6:00 PM – 10:00 PM
· 07/14/2016 – Cigar Box in Midwest City, OK from 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM
· 07/14/2016 – Cigars and More in Bakersfield, CA 3:00 PM – 8:00 PM
· 07/14/2016 – Davidus Cigars in Baltimore, MD from 5:00 PM – 9:00 PM
· 07/14/2016 – La Casa Toledo in Toledo, OH from 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM
· 07/14/2016 – Tobacco Grove in Maple Grove, MN from 4:00 PM – 10:00 PM
· 07/15/2016 – The Cigar Box in Broken Arrow, OK from 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM
· 07/15/2016 – Girouard Vineyards in Tulsa, OK from 7:00 PM – 11:00 PM
· 07/15/2016 – Old Oak Cigar Shop in Thousand Oaks, CA  4:00 PM – 9:00 PM
· 07/15/2016 – Cigars Plus in Wyomissing, PA from 3:00 PM – 7:00 PM
· 07/15/2016 – West Coast Cigars in San Jose, CA from 5:00 PM – 9:00 PM
· 07/16/2016 – Planet RYO in Shrewsbury, PA from 2:00 PM – 7:00 PM
· 07/16/2016 – Three J’s in Davie, FL from 12:00 PM – 3:00 PM
· 07/17/2016 – Smoke Inn in Boynton Beach, FL from 7:00 PM – 11:00 PM
· 07/17/2016 – Smokes Wisconsin in Appleton, WI from 5:00 PM – 9:00 PM
· 07/20/2016 – Dirty Dog Cigar Shoppe in Mckessport, PA  5:00 PM – 8:00 PM
· 07/20/2016 – Cigar Loft in San Mateo, CA from 5:00 PM – 9:00 PM
· 07/20/2016 – Dallas Cigars in Dallas, TX from 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM
· 07/21/2016 – Cigar Club in Modesto, CA from 4:00 PM – 8:00 PM
· 07/21/2016 – Cross Street Tobacco in Baltimore, MD from 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM
· 07/21/2016 – ABC Fine Wine & Spirits in Sarasota, FL  6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
· 07/21/2016 – Smoker Friendly in Pittsburgh, PA from 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM
· 07/21/2016 – Bloom Cigar Company in Pittsburgh, PA  2:00 PM – 4:00 PM
· 07/22/2016 – Smoke inn in Del Rey Beach, FL from 7:00 PM – 11:00 PM
· 07/22/2016 – Slow Burns in Baltimore, MD from 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM
· 07/22/2016 – Tinderbox in Myrtle Beach, SC from 5:00 PM – 9:00 PM
· 08/02/2016 – Cup O Joes in Queensbury, NY from 12:00 PM – 5:00 PM
· 08/02/2016 – Smoke Cigar Shop in Bridgeville, PA from 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM
· 08/02/2016 – Jernigans Cigar Bar Mount in Lebanon, PA  6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
· 08/03/2016 – ABC Fine Wine & Spirits in St. Augustine, FL  6:00 – 8:00 PM
· 08/04/2016 – Habana Premium Cigar Shop in Albany, NY  5:00 PM – 9:00 PM
· 08/05/2016 – Lil Brown Smoke Shack in Yakima, WA from 3:00 PM – 7:00 PM
· 08/05/2016 – Sid’s Tobacco Store in Memphis, TN from 5:00 PM – 9:00 PM
· 08/06/2016 – Connecticut River Valley Barn Smoker in South Windsor, CT

To see all Drew Estate events download the new Drew Diplomat app on either Apple App Store or Google Play™ for Android™, visit this link:

About Drew Estate

Founded in New York City in 1996, Drew Estate has become one of the fastest growing tobacco companies in the world. Under their mantra “The Rebirth of Cigars”TM, Drew Estate has led the “Boutique Cigar” movement by innovating new elements to the tobacco industry with their unique tobaccos and blending styles that have attracted new and traditional cigar enthusiasts. In their Gran Fabrica Drew Estate, the Nicaraguan headquarters, Drew Estate produces a variety of brands such as ACID, Herrera Estelí, Herrera Estelí Norteño, Kentucky Fired Cured, Liga Privada, MUWAT, Natural by Drew Estate, Nica Rustica, Nirvana, Pappy Van Winkle Barrel Fermented Cigars, Tabak Especial, Undercrown, and Java by Drew Estate.

Black Label Trading Company announces Bishops Blend

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Black Label Trading Company is pleased to announce the release of BISHOPS BLEND: Hand crafted in Esteli at Fabrica Oveja Negra.

BISHOPS BLEND will be debuting at this year’s IPCPR Trade Show.

“The Bishops Blend has been a long time in the making, and I’m very excited for its release. I took a very different approach by using Pennsylvania and Connecticut Broadleaf in the filler. The end result is a very rich and intense flavor profile that highlights the Broadleaf but doesn’t overpower the Nicaraguan tobaccos. The Bishops Blend has a great balance between richness, spice and strength. As with all the BLTC limited releases, it is a unique smoking experience,” says James Brown.

BISHOPS BLEND cigars will be available in limited quantities at select BLTC retailers at the end of July, 2016.
Country of Origin: Nicaragua
Wrapper: Ecuadorian Maduro
Binder: Ecuador Habano
Filler: Nicaragua / Pennsylvania/ Connecticut Broadleaf
Robusto – 5 x 48 (20 count) MSRP $9.50
Corona Larga – 6.25 x 46 (20 count) MSRP $10.00

Black Label Trading Company is redefining the standards for cigar making. With a “less is more” philosophy, Black Label Trading Co. creates hand crafted premium cigars of the utmost quality in small batch, limited quantities.

BLTC cigars are available for purchase through Boutiques Unified. More information can be found at

Black Works Studio announces Green Hornet


Black Works Studio (BLK WKS) is pleased to announce the upcoming release of GREEN HORNET: Hand crafted in Esteli at Fabrica Oveja Negra.

GREEN HORNET will be debuting at this year’s IPCPR Tradeshow and will be released in small batches throughout the year.

“It’s never easy following up your biggest hit, but I think the Green Hornet is the perfect addition to the Killer Bee Line. The Green Hornet started as an event only cigar, however after seeing the response from consumers and retailers we knew it had to become a regular release.
The blend is a touch stronger than the Killer Bee to compliment the larger vitola and the closed Candela foot creates a very unique profile from the first puff. The Green Hornet is big, bold, rich and spicy. Everything you expect from a cigar in the Killer Bee lineup,” said James Brown.

GREEN HORNET will be available in limited quantities at select BLK WKS retailers at the end of July, 2016.
Country of Origin: Nicaragua
Wrapper: Ecuador Maduro w/a Candela linear cap & closed foot
Binder: Nicaraguan Habano
Filler: Nicaragua
Robusto – 5 x 48 (20 count) MSRP $9.50

BLK WKS cigars are an expression of art showcasing the talent, technique and tobacco behind boutique cigar factory; Fabrica Oveja Negra.

BLK WKS Cigars are available for purchase through Boutiques Unified. More information can be found at

Black Label Trading Company ships Morphine

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Black Label Trading Company is pleased to announce the shipment of MORPHINE: Hand crafted in Esteli at Fabrica Oveja Negra.

Morphine will be available in limited quantities at select retailers.
MORPHINE is produced by BLTC’s factory, Fabrica Oveja Negra in Esteli.

Country of Origin: Nicaragua
Wrapper: Mexican San Andrés Maduro
Binder: Nicaraguan Habano
Filler: Nicaragua
Corona Gorda – 5.5 x 48 (20 count) MSRP $10.50
Lancero – 7.25 x 42 (12 count) MSRP $11.00
Torpedo Box Press – 5 x 54 (18 count) MSRP $10.50

BLTC cigars are distributed by Boutiques Unified. More information can be found at

Maya Selva Cigars reveals new cigar

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Maya Selva Cigars, U.S., is proud to announce that we will be adding a “prensado” vitola to our Flor de Selva Maduro collection.  Our new Grand Pressé will be a box-pressed 6″ x ø56 cigar, and will stay true to the collection’s maduro blend.  The cigar will be officially released at this year’s IPCPR trade show in Las Vegas, Nevada, in late July, 2016.  Initially, it will only be available in the United States market.

The Grand Pressé features a naturally-fermented Honduran Habano wrapper, Brazilian Mata Fina binder, as well as Honduran fillers, providing a well-balanced, medium- to fuller-bodied cigar.  Flor de Selva Maduros have received various accolades in recent years, and have become fast favorites amongst maduro cigar connoisseurs.  The new Grand Pressé is presented at $11.75 MSRP and will come in elegant cedar ten-count boxes.

“After assessing our portfolio, and analyzing the field as to what niche we had yet to cover, we came to the determination that a “prensado” was the natural choice to round out our maduro collection, especially due to to the enormous success of our Toro Maduro, released at last year’s IPCPR trade show in New Orleans, LA.” –Gabriel Alvarez, U.S. Director of Sales