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Emilio Cigars releases Mia Dora

Mia dora
Gary Griffith of Emilio Cigars announced today yet another addition to the ever-growing portfolio of cigars available through the House of Emilio.
Mia Dora is produced by AJ Fernandez in Esteli, Nicaragua and features an Habano wrapper and Nicaraguan filler and binder.
The Robusto and Toro are available in 21 count boxes, and the Coronita comes in a 40 count box.  The boxes are embossed in gold, while the cigar bands feature a theme dedicated to the town of Ascoli Piceno in Italy, birthplace of the ancestors of the love of Griffith’s life, Dora.
Interested retailers should contact their House of Emilio sales representative for additional information.

Viva Republica announces limited-edition fundraising cigar

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Viva Republica, a premium handmade cigar manufacturer, and Operation: Cigars for Warriors, a nonprofit dedicated to serving U.S. military members serving  in combat zones, are pleased to announce a Veteran’s Day limited-edition release cigar that will be sold to benefit the charity.

The cigar will retail for $6, with all proceeds from the wholesale of the cigar to authorized retailers going directly to Operation: Cigars for Warriors. The limited edition run of 2,000 cigars is the first of its kind for Viva Republica and will ship to stores next week onVeteran’s Day, November 10th, 2014.

“For Veteran’s Day this year I wanted to do something for an organization that I truly believe in,” said Jason Holly, owner of Viva Republica. “The volunteers of Operation: Cigars for Warriors work tirelessly to get cigars to the men and women fighting for our country.”

Not only will this special run be a first for Viva Republica, it will be a first for Operation: Cigars for Warriors as well.  The proceeds from the sales of the cigars are expected to be the largest single cash donation in the nonprofit’s history.

“The support of Viva Republica could not have come at a better time,” said Storm Boen, Chairmen of the Board for Operation: Cigars for Warriors.  “Every month we have more requests from active duty troops than our all-volunteer organization can fill and the donation from the sale of Viva’s cigars will be used to defray our shipping costs when sending cigars to troops overseas.”

Retailers can order the cigars from Miami Cigar & Co., the exclusive American distributor of Viva Republica.

The cigar will measure 5 1/8 ” x 42” and is a medium-plus smoke. It was designed to be a smoke that is bold and flavorful.

“This release features a prototype Nicaraguan wrapper I have been working with,” said Holly.  “In terms of the blend, it’s a bit different style than the regular production portfolio.”

Viva Republica is a boutique premium handmade cigar manufacturer with all of its production being provided by La Aurora, S.A. Miami Cigar Co. serves as exclusive United States distributor.

Operation: Cigars for Warriors is a 501(C)(3) charity that focuses on collecting and dispersing premium cigars and accessories to American service men and women serving in combat zones.

Roberto P. Duran Premium Cigars makes another bold move by hiring Jack Toraño

Duran logoRoberto Pelayo Duran is proud to announce that Jack Toraño of the Toraño cigar family will now oversee sales in Florida and the Caribbean for Roberto P. Duran Premium Cigars. This announcement comes only days after the announcement of the hiring of Miguel Shoedel and Frank Cuden.

Jack Toraño spent 3 years with Toraño Family Cigar Company as Director of Marketing until its acquisition by General Cigars.

Roberto Pelayo Duran said: “Jack Toraño was an integral part of Toraño Family Cigar Company and we are ecstatic to have him on board at Roberto P. Duran Premium Cigar Company. Jack is very well known as he has travelled extensively and his popularity, charisma and four generations of tobacco heritage will go very far in helping us expand our brand.”

Jack Toraño said: “I wanted to take the time to find the company that matches my vision. I am excited to be working with Roberto Pelayo Duran who is as passionate about cigars as I am. Roberto P. Duran Premium Cigars is truly a boutique cigar company which owns its tobacco fields and creates their own cigars. The fact that we will be involved in everything from tobacco field all the way to the valued customer is what brought me here. Roberto Duran is creating a stellar team and I am happy to call Roberto P. Duran Premium Cigars my new home.

Roberto P. Duran began his life’s work in his homeland of Havana, Cuba where tobacco grabbed a hold of him, and never let go. Supervising the production of cigar manufacturing in Cuba was only the beginning as he later went on to assemble and managedistribution of all Cuban cigar brands for Asia at The Pacific Cigar Company Ltd. The creation of Roberto P. Duran Premium Cigars has given Roberto the platform to introduce a brand of cigars that offer the same quality, construction, and detail which he exceeded from those he supervised while in Cuba. Roberto P. Duran’s brands include Azan Cigars, Roberto P. Duran Premium Cigar, Neya, and Baracoa.

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JM’s Nicaraguan Is latest value-priced 100% Tobacco, Handmade Premium Cigar from JM Tobacco

JM´s NicaragauanJM Tobacco, Inc., pioneers in value-priced premium cigars, just debuted their latest premium cigar, JM’s Nicaraguan.  The hand-made Cuban sandwich construction consists of 100% choice tobaccos.

JM’s Nicaraguans join the company’s existing “JM’s” brand value-priced cigars, which are available in four different wrappers … Sumatra, Corojo, Connecticut and Maduro.  JM’s Nicaraguan is offered in Sumatra and Maduro wrappers.  Its name is derived from the all-Nicaraguan filler.  The binder is a maduro-fermented Connecticut broadleaf.  The medium-bodied Nicaraguan delivers a creamy-smooth smoke, with hints of nuts and chocolate.  Company president Anto Mahroukian describes the Nicaraguan as a “sweet smoke, with a flavor and body that are tailored to the three-to-four-a-day smoker.  The Nicaraguan’s price tag is no deterrent, at less than $3.00 MSRP.”  The cigar is available in the same eight shapes as all other JM’s value-priced cigars, from 5.5″ x 42 Corona to 6.75″ x 62 Gordo Grande.  Like all JM’s selections, the Nicaraguan comes punch-cut and 50 cigars to a box, except for the large-girth Gordos … their boxes hold 24.

In announcing the Nicaraguan, Mahroukian cites the completion of JM’s program to unify the features of the five JM’s product category, stating, “All the box art … graphics and text … is identical between the lines, varying only in their color combinations for easy identification.  The Nicaraguan is yellow, with blue trim … the Nicaraguan flag’s colors.  Everything else is consistent across the JM’s series … box graphics and text, shapes, manufacturer’s suggested retail prices and box counts.  We’ve made it easier for smokers to identify our individual products.”  JM’s Nicaraguan value-priced cigars in all shapes are available at press time.

Latest updates to Arango’s “Clasico” Premium Cigar Series: CAO Gold

CAO Gold ClasicoThe long-popular “CAO Gold” blend of cigars has now joined the other benchmark premium cigars in Arango Cigar Co.’s Clasico series of private label brands.  All Clasico brands are exclusive to Arango.  They are sold only at brick and mortar shops, not through mail order or Internet sales.

CAO Gold Clasico is made by General Cigar Company using similar tobaccos, wrappers and binders as the regular-market CAO Gold.  The box and bands bear the original CAO Gold artwork, with its iconic entwined “CAO” initials.

CAO Gold Clasico frontmarks, like those of the other Clasico lines, pay tribute to notable Chicagoland areas: Mag Mile (5-1/2 x 44), Windy City (5 x 50), Bucktown (6-1/8 x 52, Belicoso) and Gold Coast (6 x 60).  The tobacco blends on all Clasico lines mirror those of the national brands they are patterned after.  The cigars are presented in space-saving Spanish cedar boxes of 15 cellophane-wrapped cigars.

CAO Gold comes in Natural wrappers only, like all Clasico Series cigars.  Its wrapper is a tawny Ecuadorian-grown Connecticut Shade Leaf.  Both the filler and binder are made of Nicaraguan tobaccos, entubado-bunched  for even, plug-free smoking.

The original CAO Gold has received accolades since its 1996 debut.  The cigars have a sleek appearance and a consistently smooth mild-to-medium body and creamy flavor.  Reviewers have described CAO Gold as “the perfect everyday smoke.”

Manufacturer’s suggested retail pricing for Arango CAO Gold Clasicos ranges from $4.75 to $6.70. They are currently available nationwide.

Cigar Dojo Sarsaparilla cigar announced

Bundle-shot-mockupSarsaparilla was very popular drink in the old west and was often believed to be a remedy for a number of health conditions. Sarsaparilla remains popular to this day because of its distinct and complex flavor.

Eric Guttormson, AKA Master Sensei, owner and operator of the popular Cigar Dojo app, has collaborated with Erik Espinosa from Espinosa Premium Cigars to create a cigar that pays homage to the warm, full, complex flavor of the old-west Sarsaparilla.

Sensei’s Sensational Sarsaparilla is a 5.5” x 52 Belicoso cigar that is draped in a gorgeous San Andreas maduro wrapper and filled with a secret blend of some of the most flavorful and interesting tobacco you will ever smoke. Sensei’s Sensational Sarsaparilla is a full-bodied, complex cigar with just enough strength to balance the intense flavors.

“We wanted to come up with a cigar that had a unique flavor. We wanted a cigar that took the cigar smoker through a journey from start to finish. We wanted a cigar that evolves as you smoke it”, stated Sensei.

He continued, “It’s easy to get a cigar produced, but we were not looking to create just any cigar, we wanted a full-flavored cigar that would grab your attention and not let go – which is why we are working with Erik Espinosa and the guys at the La Zona factory in Estelí, Nicaragua. They produce the full-flavored types of cigars we were shooting for, so it was the perfect match.”

Erik Espinosa added, “Working with the Dojo crew is great, they came to us with a vision of bold flavor and bold flavor is what we do best. Creating a cigar that evolves as you smoke it is an art form and I think we really created something unique with the Sarsaparilla.”

Sensei’s Sensational Sarsaparilla will be a limited run of 10-count bundles and sold online exclusively through Famous Smoke Shop in Pennsylvania. 10 pack bundles of Sarsaparilla will retail for $79.00 and will be available to the members of the CigarDojo app first in early November and then opened up to the general public shortly after.

Gabriel Alvarez announced as U.S. Director of Sales for Maya Selva Cigars


Maya Selva Cigars is pleased to announce that effective September 1st, 2014, Gabriel Alvarez will be joining our team as Director of Sales in the United States.
Gabriel Alvarez originally served as the Operations Manager for Kuuts, LLC, where he handled day-to-day operations for the company, including (amongst various other responsibilities) social media, marketing, brand development, logistics, and sales. Gabriel was the owner of a very successful cigar shop and lounge in Miami, Florida, prior to entering the manufacturing side of the cigar world.
According to Gabriel Alvarez, “after almost two years of helping to launch Kuuts, I have decided to resign.  It was a hard decision to leave a company I was with from the very beginning, however I must do what’s best for my family and myself.  I have nothing but good wishes for the Kuuts team, and I would like to thank them, and John Gonzalez in particular, for guiding me in this journey. I have accepted the position of Director of Sales with Maya Selva Cigars and am looking forward to this next step and to launching another great company in this incredible industry.”
Maya Selva Cigars has won several Cigar Journal awards in consecutive years.  They have had excellent success in the European market, and they are well prepared to establish themselves in the United States.  Gabriel Alvarez will act as brand ambassador on the road, ready to introduce you and all future Maya Selva Cigarsaficionados to our great product.
Says proprietor Maya Selva of Alvarez, “few are those who truly understand what a great cigar should be. Gabriel, without question, belongs to this exclusive club.  I am sure that those who will have the privilege of working with him will certainly acknowledge his natural talent and vast knowledge of cigars.”
Since 1995, when Flor de Selva was launched in France, the “Maya Selva Cigars” collection continues to expand, to the amazement and delight of aficionados.  Now consisting of three brands — Flor de SelvaCumpay, and Villa Zamorano — the collection invites the most demanding smokers to discover the tradition of hand-crafted cigars, the cultivated tastes of Maya’s personally-selected growing areas in Honduras and Nicaragua (their terroir, or “spirit of place”) and a uniquely creative vision of thepuro.

Jordan Alexander III Premium Cigar Company re-brands and releases new blend

rebrandJordan Alexander III Premium Cigar Company officially announces a re-branding of the company to include a new logo, band, and release. The new logo, which will be incorporated into future releases and marketing materials, can be seen attached to this release. Replacing the original “lions and crest” logo, this design exemplifies the family tradition theme of JA3Cigars. The re-branded logo is based on the Alexander Family Coat of Arms.

Partnered with the rebranding of the company, JA3Cigars is proud to officially announce a new blend produced through the Quesada Cigar Factory, expected to be released mid-Fall of 2014. Replacing the current corojo blend, the new release (known as the Jordan Alexander III Corojo) is constructed with a
Dominican Corojo wrapper, Dominican binder, with Dominican and Nicaraguan filler. The Jordan Alexander III Corojo will be available in four vitolas; robusto (5 ½ x 54), toro (6 x 52), double toro (6×60), and belicoso (6 x 52). All vitolas except the belicoso will feature a pigtail cap. The new release will feature a new band, incorporating the “Alexander Coat of Arms” logo, which will be unveiled
with the release.

Retailers interested in carrying the Jordan Alexander III Corojo are asked to contact or call 1-866-216-3349. Shipment priorities are given to current retailers and are first come, first served.

Reviewers interested in pre-release samples and/or release samples are asked to contact

The previously carried corojo, along with the original band and logo, will be discontinued at the release of the Jordan Alexander III Corojo. Current retailers wishing to maintain stock of our previously released blend are asked to contact regarding limited production options.

General Cigar IPCPR 2014 releases; Holiday items and promo packs

New_Release_LRCAO World Sampler

Take a trip around the world with the CAO World Sampler which features the unique flavors of four countries in one special collection. Indulge in spicy Brazilian tobacco, rare Italian leaf, smooth Connecticut Maduro and native Criollo seed with this globe-trotting sampler which contains one each of these CAO favorites: CAO Brazilia Gol!, Italia Ciao, America Potomac and Criollo Pato. This four-cigar collection will be available in August for a per-pack SRP of $22.40.

CAO Gold Sampler

Cigar lovers who are drawn to the mellow flavor of CAO Gold and the slightly spicy nuances of CAO Gold Maduro can now enjoy both blends, thanks to the CAO Gold Sampler. This great combo pack contains four cigars, highlighting two great tastes from one of CAO’s most popular lines. The CAO Gold Sampler will be sold at retail in August, for a suggested retail price of $17.80 per pack.

CAO Dark & Stormy Sampler

CAO presents the chance to savor four distinct tastes from its signature collections: LX2, MX2, Brazilia and OSA Sol. The “Dark and Stormy” four-cigar sampler delivers hints of pepper, leather and spice that will roll in like a storm, beginning in August for an SRP of $19.95.

Punch Value Pack

Fans of Punch cigars are sure to turn out in droves to purchase the Punch Value Pack. Inside the eye-catching branded sampler are six of the top-selling frontmarks from the Punch, Grand Cru, Gran Puro and Deluxe collections.  An unbeatable suggested retail price of $26.95 sweetens the deal on this special offer which debuts at retail in August.


flavours by CAO Sampler

Complete with six Corona cigars from our most popular flavor-infused offerings, “flavours by CAO” is a delight for the senses. A virtual potpourri of taste nuances awaits the premium cigar smoker who seeks to indulge in the finest mild tobaccos subtly accented by our unique, natural flavorings. For those who wish to indulge in CAO’s collection of flavours, this special sampler offers a guided tour for just $22.80. Available in October.

CAO Champions Sampler II

The CAO Champions Sampler II includes OSA Sol and LX2, in addition to the best blends from the original Champions Sampler collection. Cigar lovers who seek the full spectrum of top-rated offerings from CAO need look no further than this attractive black leather travel humidor. This incredible offer will be available in October for an SRP of $78.20.

CAO Cuban Press Sampler

CAO proudly presents the Cuban Press sampler. Formed by an old-world trunk press that is far more elaborate and time-consuming than today’s methods, the unique, boxy-square shaped smokes are only available as part of this special collection. Representing the Brazilia, Italia, MX2 and LXs blends, the artisanally-formed cigars command attention and are a must-have for the true CAO enthusiast.  This exciting offer contains a dozen cigars for a suggested retail price of $71.40 and will debut at retail in October.

Holiday Gift Chest

General Cigar’s gift chest is back and better than ever. This eye-catching wooden trunk contains five all-new packs created exclusively for holiday 2014.  A total of thirty five wooden cigar boxes are housed within, including this year’s expanded lineup representing our most popular brands. The treasure chest will make its annual return in time for the holiday shopping season, with these outstanding samplers inside: Macanudo Collection (SRP per pack $29.99); Cohiba Gigante Selection (SRP per pack $59.99); New Release Collection (SRP per pack $38.99); Big and Bold Collection, (SRP per pack $24.99) and the Honduran Premier 54s Collection ($25.99).  Debuting in October.

Partagas 1845 Sampler

Showcasing the iconic Partagas fabrica, this collector-quality wooden pack is sure to become one of the hottest holiday gift items of the season. The five-count box features the original Partagas 1845 blend, in a range of popular frontmarks including a Corona Extra, Robusto, Gigante, Toro Grande and Double Corona. Available beginning in October for an SRP of $35.99, while supplies last.

CAO Flathead Collection

CAO is enticing fans of its Flathead line to go full-throttle with this collector-quality tin. The entire Flathead range is represented inside, including the recently-released Sparkplug frontmark. Complete with the brand’s signature pin-up girl on the outside, the CAO Flathead tin is sure to become a permanent fixture in man caves and garages everywhere.  Five cigars are included in the tin which will sell for $37.99 starting in October. 

General Cigar New Release Collection

Celebrating the best of the best of our recent and new releases, this four-cigar collection was created to provide cigar enthusiasts with an introduction to a world of new and unique tastes from our team of cigar masters.  Inside are these recently-launched, critically acclaimed favorites: Partagas 1845 Extra Fuerte, Serie R Esteli and 1907 by Dunhill Toro, nestled among Cohiba Nicaragua, the intriguing new smoke that launched at IPCPR 2014. This exciting offer will sell for an SRP of $38.99, starting in October.

Partagas Collection with Lighter

What’s better than smoking a full-bodied Partagas Black Label cigar?  How about having the bold flavor of Partagas 1845 and the enticing flavor of Partagas Yellow Box on hand for future smoking occasions?  This special window box contains a total of six cigars, with the added bonus of a branded double-torch lighter. The Partagas Collection with Lighter ships in October and will sell at retail for the suggested price of $45.99. Quantities are limited.

Macanudo Collection with Lighter

As America’s top-selling premium cigar brand, Macanudo Café, Cru Royale and Maduro are universally appealing to those devoted to handcrafted cigars. With a windowed view of the impeccably constructed cigars contained inside, this special offer is made even more enticing with a branded double-torch lighter. The Macanudo Collection with Lighter ships to retailers in October for an SRP of $45.99. 

Macanudo Cru Royale Ashtray

Macanudo Cru Royale is a top-seller in the medium-bodied cigar segment, as its bold, balanced flavor continues to please even the most tenured smoker.  To honor the continued success of this important Macanudo expression, we have custom-built a sturdy silver ashtray that reflects Cru Royale’s modern aesthetic.  Available for sale in October for a retail price of $29.99, this item is ideal for holiday gift givers.

 Macanudo Essentials of Smoke Collection

From America’s top-selling premium cigar brand comes the season’s must-have accessory collection. The “essentials of smoke” are contained within this expertly-designed handcrafted wooden ashtray, emblazoned with the Macanudo crest. Beneath the four-cigar ashtray is a drawer that opens to reveal a custom made, Macanudo-branded premium torch lighter and circular-blade scissor cut guillotine. This unbeatable accessory collection will be sold starting in October, for $64.99.

Partagas Seleccion de Luxe

Partagas’ Benji Menendez Master Series was named to Cigar Aficionado’s list of the Top 25 cigars of 2009, the year the cigar was launched.  In honor of this legendary cigar, we proudly present a special release of the “Master Series Toro” frontmark. Banded in regal purple and gold, these remarkable smokes are elegantly presented in a custom-made humidified glass cylinder. This bespoke item has only been produced in extremely limited quantity and will ship to retailers in October. The suggested retail price for this nine-cigar selection is $134.99.

Dunhill Aged Reserva Especiale Vintage Selection 

From one of the world’s most respected cigar brands comes a collection of rare Dunhill Aged Reserva Especiale cigars, representing the range’s top vintage years. This limited edition release features a trilogy of cigars from the highly-rated 2003, 2006 and 2009 releases, presented in a numbered collectable box containing 9 cigars, three from each of the best years of harvest from Dunhill Aged cigars. The Dunhill Aged Reserve Especiale Vintage Selection will debut in October, with a suggested retail price of $134.99.

Cohiba Comador Collection

Comador’s refined blend spent more than two years in development and the cigar has generated significant buzz since its launch. Exclusively for holiday 2014, we are proud to release a limited edition offer featuring five cigars. Impeccably presented in a matte finish black box featuring the iconic gold Comador crest, the cigars are elegantly displayed alongside a custom branded quad lighter. This item is as ideal for the discriminating cigar lover as it is for the smoker who’s drawn to the allure of heritage, craftsmanship and star power. This exquisite pack will be available at select cigar shops beginning in October, for a suggested price of $149.99.

Cohiba Black Travel Case

Substance and style prevail in this deluxe piano-finished wooden travel case, created to protect five Cohiba Black Gigante cigars.  As striking as it is functional, the ebony case is sure to lend an air of sophistication to any smoking occasion, for it also includes a razor sharp, double blade cutter situated inside a custom nook.  Discriminating, well-heeled cigar enthusiasts who desire the rich, complex flavor of Cohiba Black will surely make this world-class offering their go-to accoutrement. Debuting in October for a suggested retail price of $149.99.

 Cohiba Comador Travel Humidor

The Comador travel humidor has become an icon in the world of handmade cigars. More than a symbol of the brand, the carbon black and gold case is a statement piece that speaks of luxury and indulgence. The metal cylinder features matte black and gold elements with an exquisite cap engraved with the Comador crest. Lined with fragrant Spanish cedar and containing a humidification element, this opulent travel accoutrement safeguards a total of seven Comador cigars.  Select cigar shops will sell the Cohiba Comador Travel Humidor beginning in October, for a suggested retail price of $199.99.

Partagas 150 “Don Ramon”

General Cigar is pleased to release an extremely limited quantity of Partagas 150, one of the finest creations in premium cigar history. Returning for a momentous, albeit limited engagement is “Don Ramon,” the collection’s most coveted frontmark. Adorned with the legendary Cameroon wrapper from the celebrated 1977 crop, meticulously handcrafted and cloistered for decades, Partagas 150 Don Ramon will be released in 10-count boxes, with each cigar protected in its own wooden coffin. This collector’s item will be available at fine cigar shops beginning in October for a suggested retail price of $1,500.

General Cigar IPCPR 2014 releases; Cohiba Luxury Selection

Cohiba_Luxe_Open_Straight_HighResIn the equatorial African forest of the Kadei, the second most dense on the planet, the Meerapfel family has been growing Cameroon tobacco for more than five generations. Since 1876, they have tended to a fertile plot in a primitive forest, painstakingly cultivating a particularly sublime and refined wrapper.

Called Meerapfel African Gold, this extraordinary wrapper leaf is the stuff of legend, for the blood red soil is said to be protected by the spirits of the forest. Mythical beliefs aside, this extremely rare tobacco is a sight to behold as it is to smoke.

Aged for five years and destined exclusively for the Cohiba Luxury Selection cigar, Meerapfel African Gold is the very foundation of Cohiba’s most limited and exclusive offering to date.

Each leaf in the Cohiba Luxury Selection has been rum fermented for more than six months.  Upon emerging from the artisans hands, the freshly-rolled cigars rest in rum barrels sprinkled with cedar shavings to enhance their flavor. The result is a cigar of incomparable taste and aroma – The Cohiba Luxury Selection.

Only 500 boxes of Cohiba Luxury Selection have been made, each containing ten cigars. This luxurious item will be available starting in October (7.25” x 52, SRP per cigar $40.00), with each cigar protected in its own sealed acrylic tube.