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Cigar Experts’ Picks: Top Cigar Gifts of 2016

Advisors offer help for the “hard to buy for” with 20+ recommendations

Cigar Advisor, the nation’s premiere online cigar magazine, proudly serves cigar enthusiasts with a uniquely down-to-earth perspective on the enjoyment of premium cigars. The Editorial team has compiled a new holiday buying guide that’s focused on cigar gifts, titled “2016 CA Report: The Advisors’ Christmas Cigar Gifts.” This newly published feature highlights cigar and cigar accessory selections that will please the experienced cigar enthusiast and the casual smoker alike, and on nearly any budget.

“In years past,” says Managing Editor John Pullo, “I really tried to challenge the Advisors — come up with a list of their top picks for great cigar gifts for under $50, or some other really small budget. But it’s Christmas — so this time, we decided money should be no object, and went a little wild with our picks.” Pullo is referring to some of the pricier recommendations in his team’s Christmas cigar gift guide: a $500+ box of Padron Serie 1926 torpedoes, as well as two different Davidoff cigar gift sets that retail for over $12 per cigar. But John is quick to point out that the gift-buying budget to cover a cigar lover doesn’t need to be sky-high: “It really is the thought that counts. And we just wanted to put together a strong list of cigars and cigar toys that any smoker will love, regardless of what you want to spend — and not make you think too hard about what to buy.” Each of the editors also contributed a number of cigar gift picks that still retail for well under $50.

Together, the Cigar Advisor editors picked a wide range of humidors, cigar samplers, cutters and lighters — some are brand new to cigar shop shelves, others are perennial holiday favorites. Among the picks on Executive Editor Gary Korb’s list is the new XIKAR XO cigar cutter: “it’s one of the coolest new inventions from the engineering minds at Xikar,” he writes, calling it “certainly one of the most unique gifts you can give your favorite cigar smoker, or yourself.” One of John’s options is a nine cigar sampler that includes Montecristo, H. Upmann and Romeo y Juileta cigars — “they’re legends,” he says. “I would call these special occasion smokes. Great to enjoy at a special get-together like Christmas, for sure.”

Drew Estate cigars, CAO and Perdomo also made their way into the Cigar Advisor2016 gift guide, as did a number of desktop humidors and cigar lighters. Recommending a 25-cigar humidor named “Ironsides,” Editor Tommy Zman Zarzecki writes it’s not just because he thinks it looks nice; it’s because he owns one as well. “I like to make recommendations for cigars and accessories based off of personal experience…if it’s on my desk or it’s in my humidor, or if it’s something I like to use regularly, then you can bet I’ll recommend it to you.”

To see the Cigar Advisor 2016 Holiday Cigar Gift Guide, and to review details on the individual items that made the experts’ list — go to

About Cigar Advisor Magazine:
Cigar Advisor magazine is a digital publication created by, and for, real cigar enthusiasts. The Editors strive every day to accomplish three goals: welcome novices to the hobby of cigar smoking with advice and open arms; share their tobacco-rich lifestyle with good friends and veteran smokers alike; and profess their love for a good smoke with cigar enthusiasts of all stripes, from around the world. Cigar smokers are a passionate bunch — and whether it is food, drink, sports or cigars they’re fanatical about, Cigar Advisor shares those passions with a razor-sharp edge. Find that passion and more on display at

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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)

Casa De Montecristo by Prime Cigar & Whiskey Bar opens


Casa De Montecristo by Prime Cigar & Whiskey Bar in Brickell-Miami officially opens its doors to the public after an invitation-only “Gold” carpet event attended by VIPs, city officials and local celebrities.  Prime Cigar’s first location in Boca Raton, set them apart as the premier cigar bar in South Florida. Prime Cigar is partnering withTabacalera USA to unveil a one of kind cigar and whisky lounge. The new establishment looks to thrive in the heart of Miami’s business district, at Brickell’s newly built 1100 Millecento residential tower.

Prime Cigar’s founders, Jason Reznik and Ryan Leeds, celebrated in grand style, as they treated over 300 event guests, to an evening of live music, cocktails, catered food, and a variety of select Montecristo cigars. Guests were also treated to a special Johnnie Walker tasting. Hosted by a Master Whiskey expert, the tasting featured a traveling showcase trunk, with every expression of the brand. Casa De Montecristo by Prime Cigar & Whiskey Bar finally became a reality after Jason and Ryan along with Javier Estades, Head of Premium Cigar Operations for Tabacalera USA, cut the ceremonial ribbon with oversized scissors. Ryan and Jason were later presented with a “Salute” by Miami Mayor Tomas Regalado. Local celebrities in attendance included Tito Puente Jr., world renowned Cuban- American artist Carlos Navarro, and VH1 reality star and recording artist Jane Castro.

The location of the 4,700 square foot Casa De Montecristo by Prime Cigar & Whiskey Bar, was strategically chosen. 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 features a walk-in humidor, full-bar stocked with exclusive and hard to find whiskeys, members’ 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.

Casa De Montecristo by Prime Cigar & Whiskey Bar invites the Miami-Dade public to experience ‘sophisticated relaxation.’ 

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 Tabacalera USA

Tabacalera USA oversees the Fort Lauderdale-based premium cigar division of Altadis U.S.A., the manufacturer and marketer of such classic hand-made cigars as Montecristo, Romeo y Julieta and VegaFina. Tabacalera USA is also responsible for the North Carolina-based 800-JR Cigar and its affiliates. Tabacalera USA’s affiliates operate premium cigar production facilities in the Dominican Republic and Honduras. For more information about Tabacalera USA, please contact Mark Smith at

For more information on Casa De Montecristo by Prime Cigar & Whiskey Bar, please contact Creativas Group Photographs and interviews are available by request. Follow on social via @ Casa De Montecristo by Prime Cigar & Whiskey Bar

Drew Estate announces Herrera Estelí Inktome for Small Batch Cigars


Drew Estate announced today that they would be releasing a new blend within their Herrera Estelí line. The new cigar will be available exclusively for Small Batch Cigar, also known as Maxamar Ultimate Cigars.

The new Herrera Estelí Inktome will be presented in a 6 x 46 box-pressed Corona Gorda vitola and will be packaged in 10-count boxes. The blend showcases extensively aged tobaccos from the Estelí and Jalapa growing regions of Nicaragua, with a spicy Honduran Binder and a higher priming Ecuadorian Habano Wrapper than the core Herrera Estelí line. The result is a darker, richer wrapper. The MSRP will be $12.00, and the cigars will be released at tonight’s event at Maxamar Ultimate Cigars with Willy Herrera present.

When asked about the new cigar, Drew Estate Master Blender Willy Herrera stated that, “I like to read cigar forums and blogs for inspiration on new sizes. Adjusting blends based on new sizes is something that I enjoy doing at the factory because it challenges my palette to keep the blends balanced and aligned within the portfolio. I was reading on Reddit that consumers wanted to see a Herrera Estelí in a Norteño format. Something that was simple, yet different.”

To learn more about the new Herrera Estelí products, download Drew Estate’s official mobile application Drew Diplomat on the Apple App Store and Google Play Store. Users will be able to log the new Herrera Estelí Cigar starting today.

The new look of Flor de Selva


Maya Selva Cigars, U.S. is officially launching the newest branding evolution of our flagship brand, Flor de Selva, complete with an updated logo, cigar ring plus footer, and streamlined box beginning June 1st, 2016.

The evolution comes as a culmination to the global success of the brand, in an effort to modernize the marketing elements and bring a higher level of sophistication to its familiar look.  Twenty-one years of operation and expanding markets across the Americas, Asia, and continued success in Europe have warranted a greater reason to tie the brand to its origins, the culture and people of Honduras.

The brand still uses the Harvestress as iconic figurehead for its logo, however in a more prominent and elevated position.  For the ring, Flor de Selva cigars will now each have a personalized ring per vitola, and its footer will showcase an updated signature and a tactile rendition of the “petate,” which is a Mayan symbol representing the “foundation” or “base” of a structure.  The elegant, traditional cedar packaging boxes will be stamped with the new logo and will continue the tradition of earlier versions which include the name of each vitola and its box count.

The updated Flor de Selva collection can be viewed in its entirety at this year’s IPCPR trade show in Las Vegas, Nevada, in late July, 2016.  Retailers will begin to see the new branding arrive with their orders in early June.

Connecticut Barn Smoker tickets are on sale now!

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Join Drew Estate for the second annual Connecticut River Valley Barn Smoker. The event will run from 10am – 5pm on Saturday, August 6th on a Connecticut Broadleaf Tobacco Farm in South Windsor, CT.

Ticket price includes the following, showcasing Drew Estate cigars with Connecticut tobaccos, and some additional event cigars:

  • (1) Liga Privada “A”
  • (1) Liga Privada Ratzilla
  • (1) Liga Privada Velvet Rat
  • (1) Liga Privada No. 9
  • (1) Liga Privada T52
  • (1) Nica Rustica
  • (1) Undercrown
  • (1) ACID Toast
  • (1) Herrera Esteli TAA Edicion Limitada
  • (1) Florida Sun Grown
  • (1) Kentucky Yard Bird


Ticket price also includes a BBQ and admission to the all-day event.

A portion of ticket sales will be donated to Cigars For Warriors.

For more information, visit

90 Foster St, South Windsor, CT 06074 – View Map

Drew Estate Announces 2016 Barn Smoker Event Program & Dates


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. 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.

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


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. 

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