Cigar Release: Zino Embassy Selection 2011

Zino Embassy Selection 2011

Press-release: For the third time, a limited edition Zino cigar is making its way to local tobacconists. In its burgundy-colored box with gold logo, the Zino “Embassy Selection” 2011 is a real eye-catcher, making it a very special gift. The cigar, an imposing Robusto format, is limited to 3,000 boxes of 10 worldwide.
The filler consists of various Ligero tobaccos that lend it a powerful aroma. The dark, supple wrapper leaf, made of the Selection 702, gives the hearty blend a fascinating balance and ensures a multi-faceted smoking experience.
The Zino “Embassy Selection” 2011 is available from selected specialist tobacconists as of September 1st.

Format : Robusto
Length : 5”
Diameter : RG 52
Wrapper : Ecuador Special SunGrown, Selection 702
Binder : Dominican Criollo
Filler : Criollo Ligero, Piloto Ligero, San Vicente Ligero from two different growing regions (all Dominican Republic)
Price : $10.30 (per cigar), $103.00 (wooden box of 10)

Cigar Release: Davidoff White Edition 2011

Davidoff White Edition 2011

Press-release: The Davidoff “White Edition” 2011 represents the new concept of this year’s Davidoff Limited Edition. Apart from the famous main ring bearing the Davidoff Logo, the graceful Belicoso Supremo format cigar is accentuated through the elegant vintage footband of the cigars wearing the a “2011“ pearlescent insignia and is presented in an imposing, luscious white-lacquered box. The “White Edition” 2011 is not only seducing by its attractive appearance! The San Vicente and Piloto fillers are combined from four different cultivation areas in the Dominican Republic. Before processing, the tobacco was aged for more than five years gaining their characteristic and balanced flavor. A Peruvian Corojo binder and a Dominican Criollo wrapper award the cigar with a balanced stimulation. The new “White Edition” 2011 inspires with spicy, slightly sweet notes and a long lasting aftertaste, rewarding the aficionado with an exceptional smoke indulgence. The Davidoff “White Edition“ 2011 is only available in a limited quantity of 8’000 individually numbered boxes worldwide. Approximately 3,000 boxes will be available in the US in September at all Davidoff Appointed Merchants.

Length : 5 ½ inches
Diameter : RG 52
Wrapper : Dominican Criollo
Binder : Peruvian Corojo
Filler : San Vicente Ligero, Piloto Ligero, San Vicente Visus (all Dominican Republic)
Price : $19 SRP per cigar

Help protect the rights of cigar smokers & tobacconists

Usually I don’t post much about legislative updates, but this time it’s urgent. The FDA is going too far, and this is the time for smokers and tobacconists alike to stand together and intervene before we lose our rights to enjoy premium cigars. Thanks to Barry over at for alerting us! Here follows a summary of his article:

The issue started in 2009 with the Family Smoking & Prevention Act (HR 1256), which gave the FDA the power to regulate the tobacco industry. The FDA can do things like change the labels on tobacco products and ban flavoring of cigarettes. The law also allows them to change the way that tobacco products are sold in local shops.

Why is this an issue now? Because the FDA is seeking additional authority in order to regulate cigars. Theoretically the purpose of the Family Smoking & Prevention Act is to prevent minors from smoking, but the premium cigar industry is really a niche community which is aimed at responsible adults. Putting bans on flavored cigars, replacing elegant cigar labels with warning messages, and forcing tobacconists to take down their displays won’t do anything to protect minors. It’ll only destroy small businesses and deprive adult cigar connoisseurs of their rights. So right now is the time to contact your representatives and senators and ask them to back HR 1639, the bill to protect the premium cigar industry from FDA regulation.

Sign the petition for the HR 1639
Sign the petition for S 1461 (companion bill)

Camacho Liberty 2011 now available in stores

Camacho Liberty 2011

From Camacho's newsletter:

As with all editions of the Liberty Series, this new blend is constructed in our proprietary 11/18 format (48x54x48x6) and selected from our best concept blends of the year. This particular cigar, medium-to-full in body, is the perfect combination of balance, strength, and aroma. The sophistication of the 2011 Camacho Liberty is second to none. Filler tobaccos from (3) unique countries of origin provide for an intensely flavorful and complex experience that is truly extraordinary.

Each master box consists of twenty limited edition cigars packed and individually numbered in their own cedar coffins. These single cigar cedar coffins are best stored whole inside your humidor, and will allow the Liberty’s to age properly without absorbing the characteristics of other cigars stored in the same unit.

Total production: 40,000 cigars (2,000 boxes)

MSRP: $334.00 per box, $16.70 per cigar

Cigar Release: Puros Indios 2012 & more

Puros Indios 2012

Puros Indios Cigars announced today the unveiling of 3 new blends, to be released at the IPCPR in Las Vegas.

The Puros Indios “2012” Series will be box-pressed and made in Miami under the close supervision of company President Carlos Diez, grandson of Rolando Reyes Sr. "We secured some incredible tobacco out of Nicaragua that will allow us to create this special blend. Three sizes will be available; Robusto, Toro & Torpedo, with a suggested retail price between $7 & $9 dollars. We only use 3 cigar rollers out of our Miami factory, and their daily output is limited to 100 cigars each. This cigar definitely won’t be widely available, but rest assured it will be on the shelves of our best customers

The Cuba Aliados Cabinet Selection is the 2nd cigar we are debuting at the trade show. This is another unique blend because it contains tobacco from our first homegrown crop. My grandfather is ecstatic that we are finally able to grow our own tobacco, and this blend is a testament to a lifetime labor of love. Three sizes will be available, Robusto, Torpedo & Toro, suggested retail pricing between $6.00 & $7.00. The wrapper, binder & filler are all Cuban seed Habano, grown in Danli, Honduras. This blend will be manufactured in Honduras, so it will be widely available."

The Cuba Aliados “Super Mazo” is a value bundle being offered to big ring-gauge cigar lovers. We are offering a 4x60, 5x60 & 6x60 bundle, at an average retail price of $3.00 per cigar. This medium-bodied cigar will contain a blend of Honduran, Nicaraguan and Dominican tobacco.

Diez also states: “I’m really excited to finally have these new cigars ready for our fellow cigar smokers. We usually don’t come out with new blends every year, but with the addition of our fairly new Miami factory that we created a couple of years ago, plus the first crop that is ready from our own tobacco growing operation, it’s a great time for our company to continue to grow and prosper, thus offering incredible tasting cigars at great prices.”

Cigar Release: CAO Osa Sol

CAO Osa Sol

OSA Sol is a 3 size cigar collection featuring a wrapper hand picked by Rick Rodriguez and his team of master blenders. OSA stands for Olancho San Agustin, the region the wrapper hails from. This blend will be released at this year's IPCPR.

La Flor Dominicana Colorado Oscuro & more releases

Coral Gables, FL July 13, 2011 - La Flor Dominicana will introduce the following items at this year's IPCPR trade show in Las Vegas next week, July 17 - July21.

Casa de Tabaco featuring "Airbender Maduro" - A unique cigar box/humidor made in the style of a true Dominican curing barn. This beautiful package will house 24 of our limited Airbender Maduros, made with a Brazilian maduro wrapper and Dominican filler and binder. Production of these will be limited to orders taken at the IPCPR trade show in Las Vegas.

After releasing 2 successful Salamones, Litto Gomez has blended the Diadema Duo Natural & Maduro - A single coffin will house two different diademas measuring 9.25 inches long! The natural has a Nicaraguan Habano wrapper, while the maduro diademas has a Nicaraguan Habano Ligero wrapper. They both have Dominican fillers and binders grown on our farm in La Canela, Dominican Republic, and will be a limited production item.

With the success of the "Digger" maduro, we will be introducing the "Digger Natural" - The 8.5 inch by 60 ring Digger natural will have an Ecuadorian Sun Grown wrapper with our Double Ligero Blend.

Finally, we will be introducing Colorado Oscuro, a limited production that will be released twice a year. This new blend will be available in 4 sizes released in 50 count cabinets. They have an Ecuadorian Ligero Sumatra wrapper with a Dominican Sumatra binder and Dominican and Nicaraguan filler. The No. 2 will be a 48x4.25; No. 3 50x5; No.4 54x5.25; and the No. 5 is 60x5.75.

Cigar Release: Toraño Vault

Toraño Vault

(Miami, FL) July 12, 2011: Toraño Family Cigar Company is excited to unleash Vault, the family’s newest cigar creation. The Toraño family will unveil Vault at the upcoming 2011 IPCPR in Las Vegas.

Blends from the Vault originate from the family’s cigar “blend book” which was started by Carlos Toraño, Sr. in 1982. The blend book, which is now almost 30 years old, has a record of every blend concept the Toraño family has ever worked on. The tobacco stained pages of this book include blends that could only come from a family with the history, knowledge and tobacco experience of the Toraño family. Amongst the blends recorded are many which the family has released over the years, together with some blends which were deemed to have tremendous potential, but fell short of the family’s high expectations. This book has come to symbolize the Toraño’s blending expertise, creativity, and is now securely stored in a safety deposit box in a bank vault.

Charlie Toraño, current president of Toraño Family Cigar Co.(and son of Carlos Toraño Sr.) along with VP of Sales and Marketing, Bruce Lewis, revisited the blend book and discovered an intriguing, yet unreleased blend, Liga A-008, which was first recorded in 2000. The original Blend A-008 consisted of heavy filler tobacco from Estelí and Condega, Nicaragua, one single binder from Jamastran and was finished with a shade grown Nicaraguan Colorado wrapper. Charlie and Bruce decided to embark on a project to enhance this special blend.

After numerous attempts to slightly modify the original recorded blend, the missing ingredient was discovered – tobacco from Ometepe, Nicaragua. Ometepe is an island located on Lake Nicaragua. The island is home to two volcanoes and its soil is rich and fertile. Adding Ometepe to the original Toraño blend, specifically as a second ligero binder, brought an added layer of complexity and strength to the blend.

Vault blend A-008 opens instantly to reveal a rich and flavorful base of spice and earth which is quickly rounded and complemented by notes of ripe fruit and a nutty creaminess. Complex and exhibiting a multi-layered taste profile, this full bodied blend coats and satisfies the entire palate. Vault comes in three sizes: 6 x 50 Toro; 6 1/8 x 52 Torpedo and a 5 x 52 Robusto. The MSRP is $7.20 - $7.95.

The Toraño family heads into the IPCPR in Las Vegas boasting two new brands in Vault and Loyal along with the launch of the new 6 × 60 Exodus 1959 - 50 Years BFC. The Toraño Family hopes to see you at the IPCPR in Las Vegas at booth 0584—0693.

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