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Drew Estate announces Undercrown ShadyXV premium cigars and partnership with Shady Records

shadyDrew Estate announced today the release of the Undercrown ShadyXV, a line extension to their coveted Undercrown line, produced in partnership with Shady Records. The NY and Detroit-based Shady Records celebrates their fifteenth anniversary in 2014 and will be working with Drew Estate on the release of the Undercrown ShadyXV. ShadyXV, a compilation celebrating the label’s anniversary and featuring greatest hits alongside new music from Shady Records artists, will be released on November 24.

The Undercrown ShadyXV will be offered in a 5 x 50 box pressed belicoso size, featuring the same blend as the Corona Viva line. For hardcore fans, this release follows the lineage of the Corona Viva and Dogma blends. The cigar will be limited to 500 10ct soft packs, which will be sold exclusively through Detroit-area cigar retailers (full list below) in honor of Shady Records’ fifteenth anniversary.

When asked about the project, Drew Estate co-founder Jonathan Drew stated that, “this project has been in the works for some time and I couldn’t be more amped that it’s finally coming to fruition. Anyone who knows JD understands my affinity towards hip-hop, so to have this opportunity to work with Paul Rosenberg and the Shady family is a true honor. Drew Estate is always on the cutting edge and ‘in the cut’ — and the Undercrown ShadyXV is no exception. This will be a collector’s piece for both the Drew Estate and the Shady fan.”

The 10ct soft packs of the Undercrown ShadyXV will retail for $99.95 MSRP and will be sold at the retailers listed below:

  • Churchills, Birmingham, MI
  • Churchills, West Bloomfield, MI
  • Wild Bill’s, Roseville, MI
  • Wild Bill’s, Commerce, MI
  • Smokes on Burdick, Kalamazoo, MI
  • La Casa, Detroit, MI
  • The Wine Garden, St Clair Shores, MI
  • Jenuwine’s, Troy, MI
  • Jenuwine’s, Sterling Heights, MI
  • Jenuwine’s, Royal Oak, MI

Paul Rosenberg, Eminem’s long-time manager and partner in Shady Records, was the impetus behind this collaboration and had this to say about the Undercrown ShadyXV from New York:

“As an avid boutique cigar smoker and a long-time Drew Estate fan, this collaboration on our label’s 15th anniversary is a huge honor that I’m really excited about.  JD and his team went all-out to create a really special smoke that I’m very proud to be associated with.”

The ShadyXV will be shipped to stores by November 27th. Please remember that quantities are extremely limited. To learn more about the ShadyXV cigar, visit http://shadyxvcigars.com.

About Drew Estate, Inc.

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”™, 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, Kentucky Fired Cured, Liga Privada, MUWAT, Natural by Drew Estate, Nica Rustica, Tabak Especial, UnderCrown, and Java by Drew Estate.

About Shady Records

Fifteen years ago Eminem co-founded New York and Detroit based Shady Records with his manager Paul Rosenberg in a venture with Interscope Records. The label quickly became an international powerhouse with the label’s debut release, D 12’s chart-topping, double-platinum album Devil’s Night and the quadruple-platinum Music From and Inspired by the Motion Picture 8 Mile.

Shady’s next move was signing Queens rapper 50 Cent along with Dr.Dre’s Aftermath Entertainment.  50’s 2003 major label full-length debut Get Rich or Die Tryin’ was an instant classic with sales of over eight million units, turning 50 into a household name.

Mid-decade saw the release of platinum seller Eminem Presents: The Re-Up as well as 50 Cent’s sophomore Shady album The Massacre, and D 12’s follow-up, 2004’s D12 World. Obie Trice’s 2003 release, Cheers, was a critical favorite and earned gold status. Bad Meets Evil (a collaboration between Eminem and Royce Da 5’9”) took Shady into yet another decade of topping the charts with 2011’s gold-seller Hell the Sequel.

In 2011 the label signed both rap supergroup Slaughterhouse (comprised of Joe Budden, Royce Da 5’9″, Joell Ortiz and Crooked I) and Gadsden, Alabama rapper Yelawolf which ushered in the “Shady 2.0″ era. The label released Slaughterhouse’s Welcome to: Our House and Yela’s Radioactive both to critical acclaim.

On November 24th, Shady Records releases a double-disc compilation, SHADYXV, featuring a disc of brand-new music and a second disc showcasing the label’s iconic singles, club hits, and street records of the last decade and a half. The project includes 50 Cent’s monumental “In Da Club”, D-12’s classic hit “Purple Pills,” and Eminem’s Academy Award and Grammy-winning anthem, “Lose Yourself,” the theme from his smash film debut 8 Mile.  New albums from Yelawolf and Slaughterhouse are slated for early 2015 positioning Shady Records to continue its stride, with over 30 million albums sold worldwide.

Drew Estate Releases Liga Privada Único Serie Ratzilla To Drew Diplomat Retailers

drew_estateDrew Estate announced today that the Liga Privada Único Serie Ratzilla would be launched as a limited holiday release to retailers participating in Drew Estate’s Drew Diplomat Retailer Program.

Retailers who participate in the Drew Diplomat program are given priority allocations on new cigar releases, limited editions, and commemorative cigars and products. Diplomat retailers are also granted access to Drew Estate’s boutique brands, including Liga Privada and Herrera Estelí. In addition, Drew Diplomat retailers receive seasonal releases such as the Ratzilla, and receive priority incentives for in-store events and promotions.

Prior to this formal release, the Liga Privada Único Serie Ratzilla was handed out to a few friends at the IPCPR tradeshow in 2011, and then introduced at Casa de Montecristo in Chicago in 2012 with an extremely limited production of 50 12-ct bundles.

The Liga Privada Único Serie Ratzilla, produced at La Gran Fabrica Drew Estate in Estelí, Nicaragua, features a Connecticut River Valley Stalk Cut & Cured Sun Grown Habano Wrapper, a Plantation Grown Brazilian Mata Fina Binder, and Nicaraguan and Honduran Fillers.

Jonathan Drew, speaking from Hopkinsville, Kentucky, stated: “We are excited that the Ratzilla is the first Drew Diplomat Retailer Holiday Seasonal Release. The Liga Privada Único Serie Ratzilla is the next logical progression in the Dirty Rat legacy.”

When reached for comment at the Drew Estate offices in Miami, FL, Rich Cutler, VP of Global Sales at Drew Estate, said that, “we placed the order with our Production Team at Drew Estate almost a year ago when we were preparing the Drew Diplomat Retailer Program. We’re so glad they’ve become ready just in time for the holidays. We hope everyone has a wonderful holiday season and enjoys these cigars with family and friends.”

To view a list of Drew Diplomat Retailers who will be receiving the Ratzilla, visit http://drewestate.com/ddrp. Consumers who are interested in the Drew Diplomat Program can go to http://www.drewdiplomat.com and be the first to know about the launch of the Drew Diplomat Customer Loyalty Program and Mobile Application. If retailers are interested in becoming part of the Drew Diplomat Retailer Program, they can contact Jackson Moscoso directly at JMoscoso@drewestate.com.

About Drew Estate, Inc.

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”™, 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, Kentucky Fired Cured, Liga Privada, MUWAT, Natural by Drew Estate, Nica Rustica, Tabak Especial, UnderCrown, and Java by Drew Estate.

Drew Estate announces “Pappy Van Winkle’s Family Reserve” premium handmade cigars

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Drew Estate announced today their exclusive manufacturing agreement with Pappy & Company, as well as the new “Pappy Van Winkle’s Family Reserve”
premium handmade cigar. This new cigar will be produced at Drew Estate’s Estelí, Nicaragua factory and is being made in partnership with Pappy & Company. Pappy & Company is the family-owned merchandise division of Old Rip Van Winkle Distillery, producers of legendary whiskies including Pappy Van Winkle bourbon.

The “Pappy Van Winkle’s Family Reserve” cigar will be a long-filler, premium cigar made totally by hand in very small batches at Drew Estate in Estelí, Nicaragua. This historic cigar features a robust Ecuadorian Habano Wrapper and well-aged Nicaraguan Filler tobaccos, personally selected by Drew Estate’s Co-Founder, Jonathan Drew. It is the perfect choice for pairing with any of the Van Winkle bourbon and rye products.

Speaking from the Pappy & Company headquarters in Louisville, KY, Carrie Van
Winkle, great granddaughter of the legendary Pappy Van Winkle, said that, “we’re extremely happy to be working with Drew Estate on this project, as both of our companies are known for their high quality, handmade products. When we
approached Drew Estate with the idea of working together on a premium cigar, we knew we’d made the right choice. The finished cigar is the perfect pairing for our family’s whiskeys, and we hope you enjoy them as much as we do.”
The strength level of the “Pappy Van Winkle’s Family Reserve” cigar is “Medium
Plus,” which allows both new smokers and experienced aficionados to enjoy the
blend. “It’s a well rounded, sophisticated cigar, with body and a hearty expression,” says Jonathan Drew. “Drew Estate is known for passion and innovation, and making premium cigars is our ‘raison d’être’ [reason to be]. The ‘Pappy Van Winkle’s Family Reserve’ premium cigar is truly a showcase of our passion for cigar-making.”

The partnership between the Van Winkle family and Drew Estate will allow people to experience a flavor combination that is unique, and one that will remain consistent through time. Drew Estate is respected for cigar and whiskey pairings, so when the time came to create the Pappy Van Winkle cigar blend, they knew exactly what they wanted to do; “exceptional” was an understatement.
The final blend is the perfect compliment to any Van Winkle spirit, but Drew Estate’s favorite match with the “Pappy Van Winkle’s Family Reserve” cigar is the Van Winkle Family Reserve Rye. The spice notes from the rye bring out the pepper and graham cracker notes in the Pappy Van Winkle cigar.The cigars will be available for pre-order exclusively through the Pappy & Company
website starting November 7, 2014.

La Aurora to donate 11 cents for every picture received via social media in support of the fight against diabetes

La Aurora celebrates 111th Anniversary with their “Become part of the family” campaign. All the money will be donated to the “Patronato de Lucha contra la Diabetes de Santiago de los Caballero.”

ADSOne picture, eleven cents: #LA111th. La Aurora turns 111 years old today and wants to celebrate with all the smokers in the world, inviting them to toast with Guillermo and Michelle León in celebration of such a special date. That being a reason to celebrate is also a reason to “give back.”  The company has announced a target to collect funds for one of the social programs supported by La Aurora. For every picture received by the brand’s social media, 11 cents will be donated to the Patronato de Lucha contra la Diabetes de Santiago de los Caballeros, a local institution that fights against diabetes disease. La Aurora will also use all the pictures received to adorn their tabaquería, in the factory, in an effort to make everyone feel part of La Aurora Family. The campaign “Become part of the family” invites everyone to have their own picture hung in La Aurora’s facilities and we want to fill it all!

La Aurora is a family and we want to invite all our friends from all around the world to join our family on this very special day in which we accomplish 111 years of history,” said Guillermo León, president of La Aurora. “We want to share the joy of this celebration with all our employees, our International distributors, the tobacco shops and with all smokers and friends, with a double challenge. We aim to fill the factory walls with the pictures of so many friends and make a generous contribution to the research of such a cruel disease as diabetes.”

The hash tags that will be used to collect the pictures, on Twitter, Face book (https://www.facebook.com/LaAuroraCigars) and Instagram are #LA111th.

La Aurora’s commitment is to keep everyone informed about their progress and the evolution of the factory walls. Become part of the family…

About La Aurora Cigars

La Aurora is the original cigar factory in Dominican Republic. Its master craftsman roll the best quality premium cigars since 1903, 111 years ago today. Located in Santiago de los Caballeros, the premium cigar capital of the world, La Aurora is a family owned company headed by Guillermo León, a fourth generation tobacco artisan, and is a symbol for all the Dominican people.

About the Patronato de Lucha contra la Diabetes

Between 8% and 10% of the global population is affected by diabetes, a disease that has turned into a world health problem, as it is not about social or economic level to develop it. Till now, there has been no programs to prevent and educate people about the fight against this disease in Dominican Republic nor to help people affected by it. Known as the “Epidemic of the century”, this disease has no cure and its treatment costs are very high. The Patronato de Lucha Contra la Diabetes de Santiago is a NGO created to help and service people affected by diabetes with poor economic resources in Cibao Region.

Gurkha creates private label cigar that garners $30,000 at auction to benefit the Eric Trump Foundation & St. Jude Children’s Hospital

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For the sixth year in a row, Gurkha Cigars, makers of the world’s finest and most expensive cigars, have partnered with The Eric Trump Foundation to raise money and awareness for children battling life-threatening diseases at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

This year, they offered a special private label cigar specifically for the Eric Trump Foundation that sold at auction for $30,000, following the golf tournament and fundraising gala. The cigar will be blended and produced specifically for the winner of the auction, who will visit Gurkha Headquarters in Tamarac, FL, in the coming months.

“Children’s charities are near and dear to our heart,” said founder Kaizad Hansotia. “There’s nothing more tragic than to be witness to a child’s suffering.”

“Kaizad is dedicated to giving back. He feels for those in need, especially children,” said Bianca Melone, director of marketing. “That’s why, every year we partner wit the Eric Trump Foundation to advance the medical and emotional needs of terminally-ill children. Annually, we’ve donated auction items upwards of $75,000 and there’s still so much more that we all can do.”

Founded in 2006, The Eric Trump Foundation has donated and pledged nearly $28 million dollars to St. Jude and grown into one of the largest private charities in the country. Through direct personal involvement and financial assistance, they demand that their monetary donations are transformed into real results at St. Jude. By using only Trump-owned and -operated facilities, full-time volunteers, donated food/beverage product & pro-bono celebrity performers, The Eric Trump Foundation maintains one of the lowest expense ratios of any charity in the world. The charity also insists that St. Jude receive nearly all of the monies raised each year and nothing is expended on unnecessary overhead and salaries.

Steeped in legend and rich in history, Gurkha Cigars were named after Nepalese warriors whose bravery impressed the British soldiers. The company was purchased by Kaizad Hansotia in 1989 with the intention of giving the cigars as unique gifts to customers of his family’s watch business. As a result, the company has been reborn and become one of the most famous brands of luxury cigars in the world. Bill Clinton, Bill Gates, Carlos Slim and an assortment of global dignitaries, world leaders, government officials and celebrities as well as the Special Forces and Seal Team Six are all clients. Having extraordinary quality, premium blends of tobacco and stunning, award-winning packaging, Gurkha now offers 48 distinct brands of cigars with plans to launch an even rarer and more expensive cigar reputed to be infused with an extraordinary cognac and carrying a price tag of $75,000 a box. The Gurkha Cigar Group Inc. is located at 6600 Hiatus Road, Tamarac, FL 33321. For information, visitwww.gurkacigars.com.

General Cigar acquires Torano brands

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General Cigar Company today announced the acquisition of the Toraño Family Cigar Company brands. This acquisition will strengthen General Cigar’s market position and enhance the company’s product mix to deliver greater value and innovation to its retail customers and consumers. It will also allow General Cigar to further expand its exceptional portfolio of leading brands by offering opportunities within the company’s international footprint, while presenting significant growth potential in the domestic market.

Spanning almost 100 years, Toraño Cigars has a vast history that encompasses every area of the cigar industry, from growing to manufacturing, to ultimately the creation of their own brands.  Production of Toraño’s portfolio including the popular Exodus, Reserva, Casa Toraño, Vault and Master Collections will remain unchanged.

Dan Carr, president of General Cigar said, “The acquisition of the Toraño brands represents an opportunity for us to strategically expand our portfolio. Our companies have been intertwined for over 50 years and I look forward to working with Charlie Toraño on plans to celebrate the upcoming centennial and to carry forward the vision, passion and innovation that is synonymous with the Toraño name while also leveraging our resources to bring even greater excitement and reach to our trade partners and consumers.”

“There is a long-standing and proud history of partnership between General Cigar and Toraño, dating back to my family’s exodus from Cuba. There is no other company that I would rather have continue my family’s legacy, and I look forward to seeing the Toraño brands prosper under General Cigar’s expertise,” said Toraño president Charlie Toraño.

The transaction will take effect on September 11, 2014.

About Toraño Family Cigar Company

Headquartered in Miami, Toraño Family Cigar Company was established as a leaf growing company in Cuba and spans over four generations. Following the Cuban revolution, the Toraño family grew tobacco in the Dominican Republic and later began manufacturing handmade cigars across Central America. Since the 1990s, Toraño developed its own portfolio of brands, best known for having complex blends featuring tobacco from many different countries of origin and taste profiles.

 

About General Cigar Company

General Cigar Co. is the leading manufacturer and marketer of handcrafted cigars for the premium market. 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. General Cigar also operates Club Macanudo®, a cigar bar in New York City. In 2010, General Cigar entered into a joint venture agreement with Plasencia Group.  Based in Richmond, VA, General Cigar sells through tobacconists nationwide and exports select products to 62 countries. For more information, please visit www.cigarworld.com.

® Macanudo, Cohiba, La Gloria Cubana, Partagas, CAO, Punch, Hoyo de Monterrey, Excalibur and Club Macanudo are registered trademarks of General Cigar Company.

Drew Estate unveils “Tienda Exclusiva by Willy Herrera” for Barrister Cigars

HerreraDrew Estate Tobacco Co. announced today the release of the first “Tienda Exclusiva by Willy Herrera”, a concept cigar by Willy Herrera. Made at La Gran Fabrica Drew Estate in extremely small batches, the Tienda Exclusiva line is specially crafted for one retailer per release, with only a few releases scheduled per year. The inaugural “Tienda Exclusiva by Willy Herrera” blend was produced for the owner of Barrister Cigars in Union, New Jersey, David Mallow, following the 2013 New Jersey Cigar Festival.

When asked about the blend, Willy Herrera responded from Estelí, Nicaragua: “This was one of the blends that I was working on through 2012 and 2013. David smoked it at the Festival and kept coming back for more. Eventually, he smoked every cigar I had brought, which I thought would be enough for the entire week! I knew he loved the blend and it felt right assigning it to him for my first Tienda Exclusiva.”

David Mallow, owner of Barrister Cigars, said that, “the ‘Tienda Exclusiva by Willy Herrera’ is a truly beautiful project that I am honored to be involved with. It’s no secret that Willy is one of the most talented tobacco blenders out there, and we can’twait to have the cigar in our humidor.”

As stated previously, every “Tienda Exclusiva by Willy Herrera” blend is a limited quantity production cigar made at La Gran Fabrica Drew Estate. Jonathan Drewnoted, “I recommend you don’t sleep on this one. These are one and done. Willy has a lot on his plate right now as Master Blender of La Gran Fabrica Drew Estate. As I’ve said before, ‘Boutique is in the Heart’ and Willy has spent so much time creating and experimenting with blends. We have some real gems out of the blends he has worked on. Now, it’s time to get them into production.”

The “Tienda Exclusiva by Willy Herrera” for Barrister Cigars is packed in 10-count boxes and will sell for $12.00 MSRP per cigar, plus applicable state taxes. They will be offered for sale on September 2nd from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM at a Barrister Cigars event in Union, New Jersey, with Willy Herrera and Jonathan Drew hosting the event.

In the meantime, enter the “Tienda Exclusiva by Willy Herrera” giveaway for your chance to win the first box of this Tienda Exclusiva release, signed by Willy Herrera. Enter at http://drewestate.com/exclusiva.
About Drew Estate, Inc.

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”™, 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 old cigar enthusiasts. In their Gran Fabrica Drew Estate, the Nicaraguan headquarters, Drew Estate produces a variety of brands such as ACID, Herrera Estelí, Kentucky Fired Cured, Liga Privada, MUWAT, Natural, Nica Rustica, Tabak Especial, UnderCrown, and Java by Drew Estate.

General Cigar IPCPR 2014 releases; Macanudo Estate Reserve

Macanudo_Estate_Reserve_HighResMacanudo’s storied history begins in Jamaica, where, for its first 30 years, the brand was  handcrafted in a dedicated factory in Kingston. While the legendary property was closed in the year 2000, the allure of Jamaican tobacco remains intrinsic to Macanudo’s roots.

In homage to its heritage, the 2014 release of Macanudo Estate Reserve hearkens back to the very beginnings of America’s best-selling premium cigar brand with a blend that prominently features a rare Jamaican leaf.

Alan Willner, vice president of marketing for General Cigar said, “To experience Macanudo Estate Reserve is to savor a tradition that spans nearly half a century, for this exceptional cigar offers a glimpse into the flavor and aroma that ignited the passion for one of the world’s most beloved cigars.”

For this, the second expression of Macanudo Estate Reserve, the blend is made of a private reserve of Jamaican tobacco, cultivated and aged exclusively for this limited edition release. The wrapper is Connecticut, aged for 10 years under the watchful eyes of Macanudo’s seasoned tobacco experts. A medium-bodied cigar with a Mexican binder that delivers a perfectly even burn, Macanudo Estate Reserve is a creamy smoke, elegantly refined and supremely delicious.

The artistry of Macanudo Estate Reserve extends to its packaging, for the cigars are protected in sleek, handcrafted boxes of solid mahogany, with elegant, sloping corners and embellished with subtle golden accents.

Three super-premium frontmarks will be released, each individually encased in wooden coffins. The rarity of the cigar’s tobaccos has limited production to just 1,800 boxes per size.

Macanudo Estate Reserve will be available beginning in October. Each of the three sizes are protected in ten-count boxes.

  • Belicoso (6” x 57), SRP per cigar is $18.00
  • Churchill (7” x 50), SRP per cigar is $17.00
  • Robusto (5” x 50), SRP per cigar is $16.00

General Cigar IPCPR 2014 releases; Dunhill News

Dunhill Signed Range

For more than 100 years, Dunhill has been synonymous with tobacco mastery. Throughout the last century, Dunhill’s experts have sourced only the finest tobaccos for their cigars.

Today, the Dunhill Signed Range is made in Nicaragua from the country’s most exemplary leaves and blended with the best of premium tobacco from the Dominican Republic and Cameroon. This aristocratic, medium-to-full-bodiedDunhill_Signed_Range_HighRescigar is now available in a ten-count box, offering cigar lovers the chance to experience the superior taste, silky flavor and rich complexity that are the hallmarks of the Dunhill brand.

Dunhill Signed Range is comprised of these frontmarks:

  • Gigante (6” x 60), SRP per cigar is $18.00
  • Churchill (7” x 50), SRP per cigar is $17.70
  • Robusto (5.5” x 52), SRP per cigar is $16.00
  • Toro (6” x 50), SRP per cigar is $15.70
  • Robusto (Tubed) (4.5” x 52), SRP per cigar is $14.20
  • Corona (5.5” x 42), SRP per cigar is $11.70

Dunhill Pipe
Dunhill proudly welcomes the return of their Vintage Blends, a carefully curated selection of distinguished pipe tobaccos featuring only the finest leaves.  The trio of classic flavors is made with hand-blended tobaccos packaged inunique and distinguishable 50-gram tins. Ideal for smoking occasions that call for a luxurious and enjoyable smoke, the Vintage Blend series includes the zesty ribbon cut Elizabethan Mixture, the rich, broad cut Durbar Mixture and The Aperitif, the well-balanced, medium-bodied indulgence.

  •  Aperitif (50 grams), SRP per tin is $12.59
  • Durbar (50 grams), SRP per tin is $12.59

General Cigar IPCPR 2014 releases; La Gloria Cubana Rival Twin Finale

RivalTwin_HighResThe ongoing blending rivalry between La Gloria Cubana’s Dominican and Honduran factories comes to a stunning conclusion in this small batch spectacular.

Both cigars are large format (8” x 52), hearty blends made with tobacco sourced from several different countries, each with its own distinctive flavor and aroma. Only 1,200 boxes of each blend have been created, with specific allocations set forth for distribution across the country. The Rival Twin Finale series will ship in August in 24-count boxes, each containing 12 cigars of both blends, for a suggested retail box price of $228.

Represented by Lady La Gloria, artisans at the Dominican factory produced “Chapter 3,” a brawny Ecuadoran Habano Ligero-wrapped cigar made with tobaccos from three countries, each thoroughly fermented and aged for a minimum of three years.  The blend is bold, comprised of Nicaraguan and Honduran tobacco, with an Ecuadoran binder for a robust smoke that’s flavorful and layered.

For rival blend “Chapter 4,” the Lady’s shadowy Rival Twin represents the Honduran factory where master blenders created a bold Honduran Rosado Oscuro-wrapped smoke featuring the tobacco of four different countries, aged for at least four years. Top priming leaves from Honduras, Colombia and Mexico make up the blend which is bound with Indonesian tobacco, for an imposing smoke that burns evenly and draws perfectly.

Created exclusively for IPCPR 2014, this special edition release features a dual-compartment hinged box that forever connects the twins by housing both blends.