Weekly News (March 4, 2024)

The headlines, reviews and more from the past week.

Tailgate by Karen Berger Toro

Named for fold-down part of the back of a truck or parking lot festivities before football games? Yes.

Viaje Skull and Bones Tsar Bomba Camo Blue

The cigar is named for the most powerful nuclear weapon ever created and tested.

Habanos S.A. Generates Nearly $20 Million During 2024 Humidor Auction

Eight lots sold for €17.8 million ($19.3 million), shattering the previous record of €11.2 million in auction sales set last year. As expected, a Cohiba humidor was the top lot, setting a record of its own at €4.5 million.

Festival del Habano XXIV: Day 4

For the first time ever, festival attendees were invited to roll cigars inside of a Cuban cigar factory. Yes, even at El Laguito, the home of Cohiba.

Laudisi Acquires Caldwell Cigar Co.

Laudisi, best known for its pipe brands, is acquiring Caldwell and Lost&Found. Both Robert Caldwell and Juan Jaramillo will join Laudisi with equity in the company.

Henry ter Haar Joins Small Batch Traders

ter Haar is a new partner at the company, he will focus on the distributor’s sales in the Netherlands.

Room101 Hit & Run Redux Begins Shipping

The Matt Booth and Robert Caldwell returns with a new blend, once again made by the Ventura family in the Dominican Republic.

Kafie Adding Sweet Tipped Liga de la Casa at PCA 2024

Liga de la Casa Sweet Tip will be the company’s first sweet-tipped cigar.

Black Star Line Cigars Celebrating Fifth Anniversary with Espinosa-Made Marun

A California retailer will be getting its own size of the line, which is slated for an early June release.

Festival del Habano XXIV: Day 3

The mid-point day of the Festival included Master Lectures, cigar pairings and a formal, sit-down dinner dedicated to the 50th anniversary of the Quai d’Orsay brand.