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In early 2018, Altadis U.S.A. collaborated with Tampa-based retailer Thompson Cigar and AJ Fernandez to produce a Nicaraguan puro Romeo y Julieta blend named Romeo y Julieta RyJ Nicaragua by AJ Fernandez. The Thompson store exclusive was a regular production line that incorporated a habano 2000 wrapper and was released in four different vitolas. Another Nicaraguan blend followed in 2018, when Altadis released...
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Editor’s Note: It was the week of price increases. Rising energy cost and a new standard of living increase in Nicaragua were the blame for the majority of the price increases announced this past week. While no increase was that drastic, the common theme might seem a bit alarming. Anyone that thinks this will be...
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For those of you that don’t know… Back in December of 2010, I first reviewed the (then preproduction) Cain F Lancero. This is what I said over a year ago about this cigar: The interesting thing to me is how much in common, yet unlike the other Cain Fs this Lancero blend is. I always...
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January 23, 2012 (Miami, FL) — The Gran Habano – G.R. Tabacaleras Co. cigar factory located on “Calle Ocho”, 8th street, in the Little Havana district of Miami is completed and ready to roll. Focusing on the highest standard for the cigar community the factory will employ 10 Cuban rollers who will produce no more...
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In March of 2011, the Tobacconist Association of America (TAA) met for their annual trade show and meeting in Cabo San Lucas. For those unfamiliar with the TAA, here’s how the organization describes itself: Our Mission Statement: To provide an open forum of ideas, strategies, and problem solving between retail tobacconist and vendors to the...
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In 2006, Dion Giolito decided to release limited quantities of a cigar that he deemed had not met the standards he had set for his Illusione brand. The cigar was a stronger version of his ~mk~ Corona that was part of The Original Document. Dubbed, MKULTRA, Dion once again turned to his clichés for naming....
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The list of AVO Limited Editions is a lengthy one and the annual early spring birthday release is one of the more anticipated yearly traditions in the cigar world. It started in 2002 with the famed AVO 22 and would continue with notable standouts like the AVO LE05 in 2005. There have been all shapes...
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Cigar Rights of America announced the opening of their new office in Washington D.C,, citing that the time had come for the organization to have a permanent presence on Captiol Hill. “In Washington, if you’re out of sight, you are definitely out of mind,” said Glynn Loope, Executive Director of Cigar Rights of America. “You...
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