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Antillian Cigar to distribute four cigar brands

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Antillian Cigar Corporation, owner of the popular cigar brands Sosa, Underground and 60 by Sosa, is happy to announce that it will be the exclusive U.S. distributor for The Cigar Cork, Arandoza Cigars, Headlines Cigars and Doña Nieves Cigars.

“We are excited to bring these boutique brands under the umbrella of the Sosa family,” stated Arby Sosa, creative director and sales manager for Antillian Cigar Corp.  He explained, “With this being the year of our 50th Anniversary, the Sosa family looked at the cigar landscape and realized that ‘strength in numbers’ is the future.  Why did I choose these brands to distribute? If you know me, you know I’m a simple guy.  Each product had something different and interesting to offer, and I believe this collaboration with innovative concepts will allow all of us to remain competitive in this business.”

Under this arrangement, the Antillian Cigar sales staff will bring The Cigar Cork and the Arandoza, Headlines and Doña Nieves cigar brands to market while each company will continue to focus on its own product development, brand expansion, and manufacturing.

About Antillian Cigar Corp:

The Sosa cigar tradition began with Don Juan Sosa, a small tobacco grower in the fertile Taguasco region of Cuba at the turn of the century. By the 1920’s, his farm had become one of the largest tobacco-producing haciendas in Cuba. Over the next 30 years, Don Juan’s son, Arturo, and grandson, Juan, manufactured cigars for sale in Cuba and abroad. In 1964, Arturo and Juan opened their first factory in Miami, FL.  The factory closed in 1980 and moved operations to the Dominican Republic. In 1996, Juan B. Sosa began with the Fuente family and manufactures various lines of cigars of out the Fuente factory.  Today, the legacy of quality, handmade cigars made in the Cuban tradition continues with master blender, Juan B. Sosa, alongside his wife, sons and nephews. 

About The Cigar Cork:

The Cigar Cork is a patent-pending division of Maine Lobster Steamer, LLC, a registered 100% Veteran Owned Company.  The Cigar Cork is a re-usable cigar humidification/flavoring system that stores and humidifies cigars in an airtight pressurized tube designed to give you years of use.  Each closing of the Cigar Cork tube reseals and pressurizes the tube ensuring an unsurpassed cigar preservation environment.  Each tube can fit up to a 7 x 60 cigar or hold smaller cigars. 

About Arandoza Cigars:

Arandoza Cigars is owned by Robert Arango and makes the Red, White and Blue Label cigar lines out of the La Zona factory in Nicaragua.  The wrapper used for these cigars is Habano, Habano Oscuro and San Andreas Capa Negra and will be available in 9 sizes.  The strength of these cigars is medium to full-bodied. 

About Headlines Cigars:

Headlines Cigars is owned by Dee Aguasvivas and Ulises Delgado.  The cigar is a 100% Dominican cigar using Andullo tobacco and made out of the Tabacalera Real Tamboril.  The wrapper used is Pennsylvania Seed and Habano Oscuro grown in the Dominican Republic.  It will be available in 6 sizes, and the strength of this cigar is medium to full-bodied. 

About Doña Nieves:

The Doña Nieves brand of cigars is made in Nicaragua in the factory of El Galan owned by Felix Mesa.  It is a medium to full-bodied cigar.  The wrapper used is Habano and will be available in 3 sizes.

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.

A.J. Fernandez Cigars proudly unveils A.J. Fernandez documentary

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A.J. Fernandez Cigars, recognized for creating some of the most acclaimed cigars in the industry proudly unveils a 13 minute documentary which went live today and can be seen on the home page of their website at:  www.ajfernandezcigars.com.

A.J. Fernandez, who has blended consistently highly rated cigars, is documented in a way that gives the viewer just a glimpse of the passion and expertise which has led many to consider him a tobacco prodigy.

Kris Kachaturian, Managing Partner of A.J. Fernandez Cigars said: “I have always stated that A.J. Fernandez will be known as a legend in the cigar industry in only a few years. I felt it was important to take advantage of the present time to document our journey. For those who are not able to visit our factory, we present them with this documentary which will bring the factory to them.”

Public Works, an award winning boutique creative agency based out of Denver, Colorado spent a week at the factory in Nicaragua and created a very unique documentary. The film is composed of beautiful cinematography, music, time lapse photography, education, and history in a way which communicates the A.J. Fernandez Cigars story in a very soulful manner.

The documentary is being announced on the heels of A.J. Fernandez’s unveiling of his latest brand, New World, which was created along with his father Ismael Fernandez who recently joined A.J. Fernandez Cigars after his retirement from the Plasencia family.

To view the documentary please visit:  www.AJFernandezcigars.com.

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.

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

Miami Cigar & Company and La Aurora announce exclusive retail cigar

Miami Cigar & Company and La Aurora are pleased to announce their collaboration with Michael’s Tobacco and the release of the LA Aurora Diamond Preferido in a 6×58 double Figurado.

michaelsAfter much anticipation, this release will be limited to 100 boxes exclusively distributed to both the Euless and Keller locations in Texas.  Along with the usual La Aurora band, this vitola will also sport a secondary band reading “Michael’s” across the front.

The Michael’s Tobacco exclusive came to be when Miami Cigar & Company representative, Justin Sandlin held an event displaying La Aurora when approached by Michael’s tobacco owner, Michael Peacock. Michael being a huge fan of La Aurora expressed his passion for the blend. To Michael’s surprise, his conversation reached the Dominican Republic and he was invited to Santiago, D.R.  After getting in the trenches with the crew at La Aurora and learning the ins and outs of premium cigar making, Michael was handed one of La Aurora’s prized Preferidos.

During his stay, the idea was brought up to make a special retailer exclusive for Michael’s Tobacco, and thus the La Aurora Diamond Preferido in a 6×58 double Figurado was born. La Aurora’s Preferidos wearing the beautifully dark Connecticut Broadleaf wrapper leadCigar Aficionado to exclaim: “This oily, toothy cigar gives off a rich aroma. It loads the palate with sweet wood & cream. The finish resonates with cocoa and spice, balanced & Elegant.”

Owner Michael Peacock, couldn’t be happier to bring in such a sought after blend, not to mention adding a little more exclusivity to the brand. You can find more information about Michael’s Tobacco online at www.cigarskeller.com.

Great White cigar attacks humidors

You’re Going To Need a Bigger Humidor

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United Cigar Retailers, known for creative packaging and ideas is set to release the brand new Great White which will begin selling the week of August 10th. The Great White features a Brazillian Mata Fina wrapper, over binder and fillers from Nicaragua.

According to United Cigar Retailers, “Each year, Shark Week dominates the cable tv ratings and we began to think, how great would it be to have a cigar that captures the excitement of this annual phenomenon. We opted for a Brazilian wrapper because of all the shark attacks in this region of the world. The blend captures the strength of the Great White, and it is capped off by a band that represents the fin”

The Belicoso cigars measuring 5.25 x 52 come in trays of 10, and have an MSRP of $8.00 per stick. They are made at an undisclosed factory in Nicaragua.

About United Cigar Retailers

United Cigar Retailers is the American distributor for Atabey, Byron, and Bandolero made by Nelson Alfonso who is known for his work with many Cuban brands including Behike. United Cigar Retailers also makes and distributes Firecracker, La Gianna, Garofalo, Fleur de la Reine and United.

Drew Estate announces “Drew Diplomat” App & Consumer Loyalty Program

Drew Estate, Inc. announced today the “Drew Diplomat” Consumer Loyalty Program, which includes a mobile application for all smart devices, as well as a desktop version. This exclusive new program provides members with the ability to earn Points by checking-in Drew Estate Cigars and attending events at retail locations throughout the world, as well as social networking functions and unparalleled access to La Gran Fabrica Drew Estate.

Michael Cellucci President of Drew Estate, “The Drew Diplomat program bridges the gap between the old world of the premium cigar industry and the modern technological platforms available today. Our goal was to ensure that Drew Estate delivers the best possible way for our consumers to interact with the company and our brands. Innovation is the heart of what drives us, not only in the manufacturing process, but in all aspects of the consumer experience. This program is a clear example of the tireless drive to be thoughtful trailblazers.”

In 2013, Jonathan Drew assembled a team nicknamed “SLAB,” lead by Executive Director Mario Takeyama. When reached for comment, Takeyama said, “Our team was created with one objective: the connectivity between technology and premium tobacco. This is something we have been working on in secret for a year and a half now.”

Heading the “Drew Diplomat” Consumer Loyalty Program is Customer Loyalty & Advertising Specialist Sam Morales, who according to Jonathan Drew “is a specialist with a true street fighter mentality, definitely Drew Estate Subculture approved. SLAB intends on launching the Beta Program in the fall.”

Drew Diplomats can expect to spend their points on one of a kind artwork and swag from Jessi Flores (Director of Subculture Studios in Estelí, Nicaragua); Lifestyle swag from Creative Director Joey Reichenbach in Miami; and trips to Cigar Safari at La Gran Fabrica Drew Estate. Jessi Flores notes, “We never had a way to get our artwork to final consumers in the United States in a sustainable way. This groundbreaking application explicitly connects each creative Drew Estate team member to our support base worldwide.”

Consumers who are interested in Beta testing the program should visit
http://drewestate.com/ipcpr and enter Drew Estate’s giveaway for a chance to win one of three prize packs:

• Liga Privada MEGA Standing Humidor/Ashtray

• A signed box of Liga Privada Feral Flying Pigs & an IPCPR Exclusive
Subculture Studios Stinky Ashtray

• A signed box of Liga Privada UF-13 Dark

Beta testers will be chosen from those who enter. Sam Morales notes that, “we are going to need everyone in the Drew Estate family to help to make Jonathan’s vision come true. This is the first program of its kind in the industry.”

For more information about the Drew Diplomat program, please visit Drew Estate’s booth at the 2014 IPCPR tradeshow in Las Vegas, NV at Booth #210. Also, please use Drew Estate’s hashtag #DEipcpr on any posts relating to Drew Estate and IPCPR. Lastly, follow all of Drew Estate’s IPCPR coverage at http://drewestate.com/ipcpr.

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”™, Drew Estate has led the “Boutique Craft” 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.

Tsuge Pipe announces “Four Seasons” and “God Series”Pipe tobacco lines

Tsuge Pipe announced today that they will be debuting eight new
pipe tobaccos at the 2014 IPCPR tradeshow in Las Vegas, NV. Tsuge will have a
booth within the Drew Estate booth at the tradeshow and will have the new
tobaccos available for sampling and ordering.

The eight blends are broken down into two lines: “The Four Seasons” and “The God Series”. Each line will feature four different blends, available in 50g tins at an MSRP of $14.95. The eight blends are expected to hit store shelves in October of 2014.

“The Four Seasons” is a line of aromatic blends that are meant to capture the
essence of the four distinct seasons in Japan. The names of the blends are below:

• “Spring: First days of Spring”
• “Summer: Summer Daydream”
• “Autumn: Mystery of Autumn”
• “Winter: Winter’s Embrace”

“The God Series” is a more traditional collection, featuring Latakia, Perique, Virginia, Burley, Dark Fire Cured and other select tobaccos from across the globe. The names of the blends are below:

• “Fujin: God of Wind”
• “Raijin: God of Thunder”
• “Ryujin: God of Dragon”
• “Gunjin: God of Samurai”

The Tsuge Pipe Tobacco lines will be available for purchase in the United States
through Drew Estate. Drew Estate and Tsuge Pipe Company Ltd. announced in May a new strategic alliance between the two companies, making Drew Estate the exclusive distributor of Tsuge in the United States and Canada.

For more information about the Tsuge Pipe Tobacco lines, please visit Drew Estate’s booth at the 2014 IPCPR tradeshow in Las Vegas, NV at Booth #210. Also, please use Drew Estate’s hashtag #DEipcpr on any posts relating to Drew Estate and IPCPR. Lastly, follow all of Drew Estate’s IPCPR coverage at http://drewestate.com/ipcpr.

About Tsuge:
TSUGE Pipe has paved the way of the Japanese pipe making with Kyoichiro who
dedicated his life to pipes. The global brand TSUGE continues to step forward as a bearer of smoking culture in the future. Pipes of the TSUGE brand are made with infinite passion and excellent techniques of the craftsmen. The unparalleled beauty and quality have attracted pipe lovers around the world.
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”™, Drew Estate has led The “Boutique Craft” 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.

Drew Estate announces “Drew Estate Pipe Collection by Tsuge”

Drew Estate announced their new “DE Pipe Collection by Tsuge”. Tsuge
Pipe will produce the new line of pipes at their Japanese headquarters. This marks Drew Estate’s first entrance into the physical pipe market, as they have previously sold pipe tobacco exclusively. Drew Estate will offer three pipe styles to start:

• The Robusto, which features a chunky bowl and is the smallest of the three
designs. The pipe has a nice portability and will fit easily into a jacket pocket.

• The Churchill, which features a tall, slender bowl that is more elegant in its
styling.

• The Belicoso, which features a tall, tapered bowl, a hybrid between the
other two pipe styles offered by Drew Estate.

All three styles will be offered in two finishes, Smooth and Sandblasted. The pipes will retail for $250 MSRP through authorized DE Pipe Collection retailers. All three pipes feature a modular design, which allows for customization through the purchase of additional bowls with varying finishes, along with stems in both bent and straight varieties. Each pipe also features a custom windscreen cap, engraved with the Drew Estate logo, which will allow for smoking even in the windiest conditions. The pipes are custom designed by Tsuge and utilize a patented aluminum technology that is guaranteed to remain cool to the touch during smoking.

When asked about the DE Pipe Collection by Tsuge, company co-founder Jonathan Drew mentioned that, “this is something we were hoping for since the beginning of our partnership with Tsuge. To see this come to fruition is a really exciting moment for Drew Estate. I think pipe smokers nationwide are going to realize just how serious we are about the pipe industry. This is only the beginning and we are having fun.”

For more information about the “DE Pipe Collection by Tsuge”, please visit Drew Estate’s booth at the 2014 IPCPR tradeshow in Las Vegas, NV at Booth #210. Also, please use Drew Estate’s hashtag #DEipcpr on any posts relating to Drew Estate and IPCPR. Lastly, follow all of Drew Estate’s IPCPR coverage at
http://drewestate.com/ipcpr.

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”™, Drew Estate has led The “Boutique Craft” 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.

About Tsuge:
TSUGE has paved the way of the Japanese pipe making with Kyoichiro who
dedicated his life to pipes. The global brand TSUGE continues to step forward as a bearer of smoking culture in the future. Pipes of the TSUGE brand are made with infinite passion and excellent techniques of the craftsmen. The unparalleled beauty and quality have attracted pipe lovers around the world.

Drew Estate announces new releases in ACID, Kentucky Fire Cured, Herrera Estelí & MUWAT lines

Drew Estate announced today that they would be releasing new extensions in their ACID, Kentucky Fire Cured, Herrera Estelí and MUWAT lines at the 2014 IPCPR tradeshow in Las Vegas, NV next week. The new cigars will include the following:

• Acid Blondie Maduro – A maduro version of Drew Estate’s popular Blondie.
Featuring a San Andrés Valley Maduro instead of the Connecticut Shade
wrapper used on the current Blondie, the new ACID Blondie Maduro will
appeal to those who desire Blondie in a bolder blend.

• Kentucky Fire Cured Sizes, “Delfinas”, “Kyotos”, & “Hamhock” – The
Kentucky Fire Cured line is being expanded by three sizes: the Delfinas (6 x
26), the Kyotos (5 ½ x 34), and the Hamhock (3 ¾ x 56). All three sizes are
based on the original KFCC blend, which features smoked tobaccos as well as
dark air cured tobaccos.

• Herrera Esteli Norteño – The “Norteño” showcases extensively aged
tobaccos from the Estelí and Jalapa growing regions of Nicaragua, coupled
with a spicy Honduran binder and a rich, bold Mexican San Andrés maduro
wrapper. The “Norteño by Willy Herrera” will be available in the following
six vitolas at select Herrera Estelí retailers nationwide.

  • Coronita – 4 x 46
  • Corona Extra – 4 3/4 x 48
  • Belicoso Fino – 5 x 50
  • Robusto Grande – 5 1/2 x 54
  • Toro – 6 x 50
  • Lonsdale Deluxe – 6 1/2 x 44

• MUWAT Nightcrawler – A 4 ½ x 50 Short Robusto based on the stronger
Bait Fish blend. A bigger Bait Fish, for fans of that blend. Drew Estate’s
customers asked for it, and they delivered. The MUWAT line will also debut a
new packaging style at the IPCPR tradeshow.

When asked about the new line extensions, Drew Estate president Michael Cellucci stated that, “we are always looking to improve our brand portfolio at Drew Estate. We strongly value customer feedback, and many of these new sizes were directly influenced by customer input. We believe that there is a cigar for every palate in the Drew Estate portfolio.”

For more information about the new sizes and brands, please visit Drew Estate’s
booth at the 2014 IPCPR tradeshow in Las Vegas, NV at Booth #210. Also, please use Drew Estate’s hashtag #DEipcpr on any posts relating to Drew Estate and IPCPR. Lastly, follow all of Drew Estate’s IPCPR coverage at http://drewestate.com/ipcpr.

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”™, Drew Estate has led the “Boutique Craft” 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.

Drew Estate Mega contest giveaway

DE Ashtray contest

We giving away a Liga Privada MEGA Standing Humidor/Ashtray (Prize 1), a signed box of Liga Privada Unico Feral Flying Pigs, & a hand painted IPCPR-edition Subculture Stinky Ashtray (Prize 2), and a signed box of Liga Privada Unico UF-13 Dark (Prize 3). Register for our contest and be entered to win!

Beta Testers for the new Drew Diplomats App will be chosen from those who enter the Contest! With the new Drew Diplomats app, you can earn points for checking in Drew Estate cigars and attending events. Spend your points on one of a kind art from Subculture Studios, Cigar Safari at La Gran Fabrica Drew Estate, and Drew Estate Swag.

We’re also launching tons of new sizes in ACID, Kentucky Fired Cured, and MUWAT, along with an all-new cigar from Willy Herrera. We also have new pipes and pipe tobacco. Scroll down to check out all our new releases, as well as video from our booth at IPCPR. All the IPCPR action at Drew Estate will be hash-tagged #DEIPCPR.