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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.

HOLIDAY GIFT PACKS

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.

Special Davidoff event at Edward’s Havana Nights

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The Best of Cigar City; Craft beer and premium cigar event

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East Lake High Chorus to sing at Normandy, France for D-Day commemoration

My Daughter’s High School Chorus group will be singing in Normandy, France to commemorate the 75th Anniversary of D-Day. They will be performing at the Barnes & Noble on Rt. 19 in Clearwater on Friday, February 28th at 3PM. Please download and print the vouchers. If you bring in a voucher and purchase something at Barnes & Noble, they will make a donation to help out with the chorus’ travel expenses.

You can also make purchases online athttp://www.barnesandnoble.com/ from February 28th to March 7th. Please use the code 11315132 so Barnes & Noble can donate to the kids!

Thank you

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Cigar Family Charitable Foundation’s 3rd Annual Hockey for Hope

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Cigar Babes Meeting at Edwards Havana Nights

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Cigar City Magazine and West Side Barbershop’s Back to School Drive

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Update on Cigar City Magazine Event