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For Drier, Cooler Pipe Smoking, Arango Cigar Co. Now Offers Erik Nording’s New Eriksen Keystone Filter Pipe

Eriksen Keystone Filter PipeArango Cigar Co. showed Erik Nording’s new Eriksen Keystone Filter Pipe at this year’s IPCPR tobacco trade show, to a strong positive response.  Entry-level pipe smokers are attracted to the $30 per pipe suggested retail pricing.  More seasoned smokers also favor Nording’s unique pipe smoking concept.

Danish master pipe carver Nording has designed the starter pipe to provide drier, cooler smoking.  The Eriksen Filter Pipe combines a removable briar bowl, which holds the highly absorbent, volcanic clay granules (keystones) in a chamber beneath the bowl.  The chamber’s base is configured as a spiral channel, which directs the smoke through the granules and into the stem.  The keystones are available separately, so they can also be used effectively in any pipe, simply by sprinkling them into the bottom of the bowl before adding tobacco.

A small tin of keystones accompanies each Eriksen Filter Pipe, and additional granules are available in 100-gram bags, at $12 MSRP.  When using the keystones in the Eriksen Filter Pipe or others, the last bit of tobacco can still be enjoyed, because they keep the tobacco dry until it is all smoked, making this a very economical pipe.

The Eriksen Filter Pipe is available in a choice of four bowls:  black, black grain, natural or natural rusticated.  The pipe’s base, shank and mouthpiece are made of durable molded plastic.

According to Arango’s president, Michael Gold, “Eriksen pipes are affordable, but this doesn’t translate into lower quality.  Internationally-renowned master carver Erik Nording’s design delivers top smoking satisfaction.  Considering its price, it defines the term ‘value.’”   The Eriksen Keystone Filter Pipe is now available at tobacconists nationwide.

La Flor Dominicana announces the 707 Ligero

La flor Dominicana 707 Ligero

La Flor Dominicana 707 Ligero

La Flor Dominicana is proud to announce the release of the 707 Ligero. The 707 Ligero is a full-bodied blend of Dominican filler and binder wrapped in an aged Ecuadorian Habano wrapper. Measuring in at 7 x 70 the 707 Ligero will be largest ring gauge regular production cigar we have ever produced. The 707 Ligero will be presented in (10) count boxes and will have an MSRP of $10.50 per cigar and $105.00 per box.  The 707 Ligero will begin shipping to Premium Cigar Retailers nationwide the week of December 15, 2014.

La Flor Dominicana is a vertically integrated premium cigar company, where we proudly control the production process from the seed to the final grading, inspecting, packaging and distribution. Our tobaccos are grown at our farm in La Canela, Dominican Republic. Our factory is located in Tamboril.

Shon Brooks’ “Star Cigar” and Greatest Hits board NASA rocket

SOB_picThe National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) is sending the Brooks Entertainment Inc. brands on Orion’s first rocket launch to planet Mars. The Brooks Financial/Entertainment/Technology Corporation is set to arrive first to planet Mars in weightless space with NASA. While S.O.B cigars have been shipped and ready for launch in a “Trial By Fire” at the Cosmopolitan Las Vegas (USA) and the Westin Hotels and Resorts in Puntacana (DR).

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration will launch the S.O.B cigar™ and all the Brooks Entertainment Inc. brands on a rocket to the Red Planet. Shon Brooks is receiving more ink and press in the media from his latest invention of the ‘Star Cigar’ after signing contracts with Cox Media and the Hard Rock Casino. NASA technical engineers have confirmed loading the Brooks Entertainment Inc. brands on board a highly classified microchip sensor for the rocket launch. The Brooks Entertainment Inc. luxury brands has released 2 new cigars to the United States and to the Dominican Republic which are the Churchill and Panatela cigars. ( The Shon Brooks ‘Star Cigar’ has evolved on top of the charts. The Churchill, Robusto, Torpedo and Panatela cigars have been shipped to the Cosmopolitan, Las Vegas for launching while at the same time being available for purchase at the Westin, PuntaCana, (Dominican Republic) through Starwood Hotels (SPG) distributors. The S.O.B Cigar ™ and Brooks Entertainment Inc. brands will punch through the earth’s atmosphere as precious cargo at approximately 17,000 MPH.

Brooks Entertainment Inc. is calling the multiple country hotel and casino launches a “Trial by Fire”. The “Trial by Fire” of the Shon Brooks “Star Cigar” will be launched and burn through the earth’s atmosphere at the Cosmopolitan, Las Vegas while at the same time, being available for purchase through the five star Westin Puntacana Resort & Club. Brooks Entertainment Inc. has donated 11% of the S.O.B cigar profits to Laura Mercier Ovarian Cancer Fund.

As noted, Shon Brooks is a Time Warner – TV Editorial Excellence Award Winner for covering the Olympic Games, Game Changer by Invention Magazine, named Superhero by ‘On Wall Street’ Magazine, and Financial Planning Magazine. Brooks Entertainment Inc. now emerges as a member of Smoke Magazine’s Top 36 Cigar manufacturers in the world. As a golden rule, being one of the top in the world for manufacturing luxury premium cigars has driven up the market price of the S.O.B™ cigars ™. His autographed memorabilia continues to increase in value from creating history in both the United States and in the Dominican Republic. Last May, fans reported Shon Brooks autographing and donating a historic guitar to the Hard Rock Puntacana for setting Chart Records in Smoke Magazine and for making award winning hits.

Brooks Entertainment Inc. dba. Brooks Financial & Entertainment Consultants ratings has spiked further with the anticipation of the launch of a new 24/7 On Demand Television Network Channel on the Cox Media Countour TV platform. The package has over 320 channels, all premium movie channels such as Sundance, Hallmark, Lifetime, Epix, Fearnet, Starz including Movie Paks of Encore, Showtime, Cinemax, HBO and more. No corporate sponsors have been revealed as of yet for the new Brooks Entertainment Inc. television channel, however, Lincoln Financial Group confirmed sponsoring the entire NFL season promotional package with Cox Media for Brooks Entertainment Inc.

Shon Brooks is one of the leaders on the IMDB, and when asked about obtaining this huge television sponsor for S.O.B TV™, he says “It was amazing to work with the Head of Operations for the GA Channel, John Thomas, at Lincoln Financial Group. It reminded me of a time in grade school when my father gave me tickets to watch the Philadelphia Eagles play at Veterans Stadium (Now Lincoln Financial Field). The tickets were given to him by Wally Henry and team member of the Eagles. I was fortunate as a elementary school student to dine with the players, wives, and head coaching staff after the game while being at the stadium. The motivational talks before and after the game in the locker room left a lasting impression on how to persevere and win. I took the motivational messages directly to heart because I thought that they were talking directly to me, since I was in the room.”

Shon Brooks got his start in television writing, producing, and hosting career as a teenager right out of high school. He gained experience on Southwestern Cable TV (now Time Warner) and Cox Communications (now Cox Media) by producing a show called, “Making A Difference.” He learned how to host and produce shows from the network supervisors in their Public Access television studio on the weekends while working pro bono.

Ron Hebert, studio supervisor of Time Warner said, “Shon Brooks has been instrumental in assisting several producers with their studio productions since I first met him. Shon was a SWCTV certified community producer and was qualified to schedule the production facilities on an “as available, first come, first served basis.”

Thereafter, Shon won his first major contract with the United States Olympic Committee ( #USOC ) to write, produce and host this same variety show called, “Making A Difference,” for the Summer Olympic Games. This became the official creation of Brooks Financial & Entertainment Consultants.

Colette Duncan, Associate Director of United States Olympic Committee said, “The staff and athletes of the Olympic Training Center are pleased to appear on your show this season. As evidenced by previous shows, I know that the interviews you conduct with our new director, Benita Fitzgerald, and several of our athletes will be professional and fair. Good luck on your upcoming season.”

The show later won a Time Warner award for the “Talk Show Category” at the Del Mar Fair Video Expo, says the Entry Supervisor, Teresa A. Barth of the Del Mar Fair.

At the same time, Shon earned his way through college by working at Continental Airlines (now United Continental Holdings), New York Life, and Brooks Financial & Entertainment Consultants until graduation. After graduating from college he gained more popularity for creating a timeless television show called “S.O.B”™ that empowers young people to take control of their lives and become successful adults. The S.O.B television™ show’s high profile broadcast includes traffic spots during the 76 Academy Awards, NFL Network, NBA, Fox Sports 1, ESPN, NCM Media Networks, and multiple television cross-channels. The brand now embarks on approximately 4 billion views unplugged including China with the release of the Brooks Entertainment Inc. international brands.

Shon Brooks of Brooks Entertainment Inc. invented a cigar for the gifted critical thinker and extreme competitor based on astuteness, innovation, creativity, intelligence, and being accountable for one’s status. This brand was created for the ‘Vanquisher’ in making wise choices and decisions in life.

The S.O.B™ Dominican cigar brand’s heritage is from Tabaqueria Carbonell CXA founded in 1894. Shon Brooks discovered Jose Rivas in the same area where Christopher Columbus once sailed in 1492 to help with the earlier prototypes. Brooks Entertainment Inc. has coined the phrase of planet Mars as being the ‘Cigar Planet’, because when looking at the red planet, it look like the exact image of a lit S.O.B Cigar.

The NASA government URL boarding passes for Brooks Entertainment Inc. are the following:

NASA 1 S.O.B Cigars:

NASA 2 Brooks Financial & Entertainment Consul:

NASA 3 Save One Bank:

NASA 4 Shon Brooks Star Cigar:

NASA 5 Stock Picker:

NASA 6 Brooks Entertainment Inc.:

Nasa 7 Fran Shatone:

NASA 8 Making A Difference, Shon Brooks W/ USOC:

NASA 9 S.O.B Television by Shon Brooks:

Brooks Entertainment Inc. has found that these multiple country cigar and space launches may knock on the door of setting a Guinness World Record considering a safe return from Mars with NASA. ( When we asked the CEO of Brooks Entertainment Inc. about their brands going into orbit with NASA, Shon Brooks says, “Our mission has always been to work with the best and the brightest people. At the same time, keeping our corporate affiliates, clients and sponsors proud to be partnered with our corporation. The more innovative we become, means, the more innovative they become! As for NASA, it has always been a dream to be a part in any project involving NASA. Nonetheless, whether it be big or small, we thank them for allowing us to join the mission.”

Brooks Entertainment Inc. and Shon Brooks, will attempt to be the first on many levels in taking their brands to Mars on December 4, 2014 at 7:05 A.M (Eastern Standard Time). This is always music to the ears of affiliates, clients, and corporate sponsors in being associated with the first TV show, gamers, and Cigar brand to ever venture to Mars atmosphere. Brooks Financial/Entertainment/Technology takes all the risk, and Brooks Financial/Entertainment/Technology receives all the reward.

NASA’s website reminds all pirates, hackers, copyright, and trademark offenders that “Unauthorized attempts to upload or change information on Caltech/JPL servers are strictly prohibited and may be punishable by law, including under the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act of 1986, and the National Information Infrastructure Protection Act of 1996.”

“The S.O.B™ luxury cigar brand was created for the ‘Vanquisher’ that plays the cards that has been dealt in life to win and not fold! It is vital that you remain ethical at all times even though others may bend the rules of life. Pressing on is when you begin to obtain Rock Star status!” (Says Brooks Entertainment Inc. company mission statement)


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.